Portraits: Making The Shot is a book from Digital Photography School and was written by Gina Milicia. The links in this post are affiliate links, which means we will receive a commission if you decide to buy a copy for yourself. We purchased this book and use it to improve our photography.
This is a book about portrait photography. It covers the basics, from gear to poses, and how to make a sitter (the person you’re shooting) feel comfortable.
It’s a great book for beginners.
What I Liked About Portraits: Making The Shot
I liked that Gina shared her sense of humor in her writing. She is also honest and admits that even with 25 years experience as a professional photographer, she still doesn’t understand what all the buttons on her camera do. That helped put me at ease because as a beginner so many things about digital photography seem complex and confusing.
I found the pictures that go along with the explanations really helpful. It makes such a difference to be able to see what the author is talking about.
Like Life In Natural Light and Living Landscapes, this book does not overwhelm with technical know-how. It touches on what you need to know (as a beginner) to get started shooting, and leaves it up to you to do more research.
Gina is respectful of creative expression, so she does not write in a way that makes you feel like you have to do things the way she does. She encourages you to find your own style.
What You’ll Get From Portraits: Making The Shot
This book gives you a breakdown of the gear you’ll need to get started as a portrait photographer: cameras, lenses, lights and a “behind-the-lens manner.”
Portraits: Making The Shot will provide you with great advise on how to make your sitter feel comfortable and confident (your behind-the-lens manner.) According to Gina, this is main ingredient needed to be a great portrait photographer.
You’ll learn about posing and lighting techniques. She also covers the importance of getting correct skin tone, and shares how she does.
Gina talks about what to avoid, dealing with difficult sitters, and touches on some makeup and styling techniques.
Publisher: Digital Photography School
Author: Gina Milicia
Pages: 84 pages (instant digital download)
Price: $19.99 Get your copy now!
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