Best Portrait Photography Book?

Best Portrait Photography Book?

Best Portrait
Photography Book?

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My Top Picks

Photo Impressionism cover

Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image
Author: Freeman Patterson and André Gallant
Publisher: O’Reilly

Okay, okay! You might think this one is a bit of a cheat to put under the "Portrait Photography" section! But I love the chapter at the end by André on Photographing People. He covers the topics you might expect, like lighting and posing. He has special sections on photographing men, women, teenagers, children and babies. He also talks a little about approaching people to take their picture, which is something many of us find hard to do.

Keep in mind that there’s only a small part of this book devoted to photographing people, so you wouldn’t buy it just for that. But it’s a great book overall, and the portrait photography section is nice addition. (The rest of the book is about ways to make "impressionistic" styles images through the use of techniques like multiple exposures and montages).





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