Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop, 2nd Edition
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The latest tips and tricks for capturing high-quality photos

Taking great "people pictures" isn't a matter of luck. The secret is in observing your subjects and connecting with them, and then using your camera to its best advantage. This new edition uses full-color photos to demonstrate how to work with lighting, location, angle, composition, physical characteristics, and environment in either portrait or candid situations. Professional photographer and veteran author Erin Manning offers invaluable advice for handling the unique challenges of photographing babies, large and small groups, and action.

Assignments at the end of each chapter encourage you to test your newfound skills, while visiting pwsbooks.com allows you to post your work and benefit from feedback and constructive criticism.

Explains how to study your subjects in their natural habitat, while you observe how they react and interactFeatures invaluable advice from veteran author Erin Manning that shares simple techniques for improving photos of babies and childrenZeroes in on how to best capture facial expressionsHighlights ways to tell a story with a series of candid photosHelps you add interest to large-group shots

When you apply the techniques featured on the pages of Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop, 2nd Edition, you'll watch your subjects come to life.


Erin Manning is a professional photographer, author, educator, and media personality. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of DIY Network's Telly Award-winning TV series The Whole Picture. She enjoys helping people understand photography and technology with a clear, friendly teaching style. Erin is also author of Make Money With Your Digital Photography, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Chapter 1 What You Must Know About Photographing People 2

Observe and Connect with People 4

Understand Light 9

Express Yourself 12

Chapter 2 Equipment Basics 20

Cameras 22

Image Storage 28

Lenses and Filters 30

Tripods 35

Reflectors and Diffusers 38

Lights and Accessories 39

Odds 'n' Ends 43

Chapter 3 Working with Light 50

Recognize the Characteristics of Light 52

Find the Light 62

Expose for the Light 68

Control the Light 77

Lighting Techniques for Artificial Light 80

Chapter 4 Composing Your Portraits 88

Composition Basics 90

Point of View and Focus 104

Chapter 5 Capturing Portraits 112

Create the Look 115

Explore the Light 122

Work with Your Subject 126

Experiment 133

Chapter 6 Families and Groups 138

Prepare 140

Direct and Position the Group 145

Capture Candids 152

Get Creative 154

Optimize Your Camera Settings 158

Chapter 7 Kids 162

Direct the Kids 164

Keep It Real 173

Compose the Shot 176

Chapter 8 Babies 184

Get Comfortable with the Baby 186

Keep It Simple 190

Use Soft Light 197

Seize the Moment 199

Chapter 9 Action Shots 206

Use Your Camera and Lens 208

Freeze the Action 217

Blur the Motion 221

Chapter 10 Postproduction, Sharing, and Saving 228

Manage Your Images 230

Basic Image Editing 237

Share and Save Your Images 262

Appendix 268

Glossary 276

Index 287