Understanding Portrait Photography

by Fred Showker

what a lovely portrait of a young womanGlenn Rand, longtime photographic educator and Program Director for Graduate Programs at Brooks Institute, and Tim Meyer, Portrait Division Chair at Brooks Institute, have collaborated to create a thorough and balanced textbook on the modern techniques and practice of portrait photography.

In The Portrait they have avoided the single-style viewpoint common to so many books on portraiture and have crafted a definitive resource for professionals, as well as students and avid amateurs, wishing to advance their skills in this discipline.

Topics include:

Quality of light and the portrait
  • Quality of light and the portrait
  • Ambient, continuous, and strobe light sources
  • Understanding light modifiers and enhancers
  • Mastering lighting ratios
  • Importance and selection of backgrounds
  • Extensive coverage of lighting setups
  • Understanding light meters and metering in portraiture
  • Lighting patterns on the human face
  • Facial analysis
  • Composition in portraiture
  • Eliciting the appropriate expression
  • The fine art portrait
  • Portraiture for the masses

Glenn Rand is an artist with international acceptance. His photographs are in the collections of more than two dozen museums and public collection in the United States, Europe and Japan. Included are the Detroit Institute of Art and the Kresge Art Center, He has also exhibit widely with exhibitions throughout the United States.
      Glenn Rand and Tim MeyerGlenn has published and lectured extensively about photography and digital imaging ranging from commercial aesthetics to the technical fine points of Black and White photography. Books written include Black and White Photography and Digital Photographic Capture.

Tim Meyer, photographer, educator and writer, is passionate about the field of photography. With over 30 years as a professional photographer he currently serves as the Portrait Division Chair at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. while continuing to operate his custom portrait and wedding business.
      Holder of Professional Photographers of America's coveted Masters and Craftsman degrees Tim has also been awarded a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art Photography. As a member of Fuji Film Internationals Pro-Elite and Talent Teams, Tim lectures internationally and is a contributing editor to Rangefinder Magazine.

The Portrait coverThe Photograph: Understanding Portrait Photography
Glenn Rand, Tim Meyer

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This book will dramatically improve your portrait photography. All you have to do is absorb the philosophies and techniques employed by Rand and Meyer. I have read this book, and utilized many of its lessons -- I can endorse it all as an excellent learning opportunity to be the best you can be.

thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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