Jeff Smith's Guide to Head and Shoulders Portraits by Jeff Smith

By Jeff Smith

After interpreting all of the gleaming stories of this booklet, i used to be watching for anything really impressive. After completing the ebook, i cannot support yet consider a bit dissatisfied. approximately forty% of the booklet has not anything to do with the way to take head and shoulders photos (or any photos, for that matter), yet fairly with the enterprise of images, and the way to make yours extra ecocnomic. it kind of feels this publication is aimed, now not on the beginner photographer, yet on the professional who is trying to increase his company. He is going on approximately how to define out what a consumer wishes, tips to deal with them, what issues to have available at your studio, and so on. this is often all stable info if you happen to want it, yet possibly he must have kept it for a e-book entitled "The enterprise of images" or anything. such a lot of his feedback easily wouldn't practice to an beginner. for instance, he indicates hiring assistants to do nearly every little thing other than take the photographs, claiming "You make enormous quantities of greenbacks an hour at the back of the digicam, but if you sit on the desktop, you are doing the activity of somebody making twelve money an hour." good, that is all effective, yet it is not what i used to be trying to find in a booklet with the name "Jeff Smith's advisor to move and Shoulders Portraits". i used to be hoping for...I do not know...maybe a few info on tips to take nice head and shoulders photographs. it isn't like the general public studying this publication are capable of rent plenty of assistants. If I had that sort of cash, i would just pay a pro professional photographer to coach me every thing he knows.

Mr. Smith is going on and on approximately tips to make your images enterprise ecocnomic, and essentially states that, in case you do not stick to his recommendation, you may be a type of photographers complaining approximately being positioned into chapter 11 via "soccer mothers with dSLR's". He again and again emphasizes the significance of figuring out what your consumers wishes and wishes are. yet he does not appear to needless to say this booklet is probably now not being learn by means of fellow execs, yet via the very "soccer mothers" and different amateurs he rails opposed to. i feel he has didn't take his personal suggestion and has placed out a booklet that does not meet the expectancies of his clients.

Now, the explanation I provide the booklet 3 stars and never only one is since it does comprise a few invaluable information regarding posing and lighting fixtures the topic, and his images are really attractive. in fact, it is helping that he runs a really high-end images studio, and his consumers are the "beautiful humans" of California, now not the common Joe or Jane. i am not convinced his lighting fixtures setup, which leans extra towards style lighting fixtures than portraiture, will be applicable for many consumers. nonetheless, the e-book indicates the lights ideas and posing rather well. He additionally is going into aspect on posing the arms, head, shoulders, or even the eyes. it is only a disgrace that he wasted rather a lot area on details that won't on subject. I want he had long past into extra element on a number of lights setups, yet it appears he did not have sufficient room. evidently, he felt that together with details on the best way to inventory tampons simply because "the normal lady begins her interval at unforeseen occasions in embarrassing areas and has no hygiene items" was once extra very important.

I'm preserving the booklet, so Jeff has made his revenue off of me, which appears his major aim. yet I will not be placing him on my checklist of authors to shop for from within the future.

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You can also soften the light by feathering it, which simply means directing the center (brightest part) of the beam slightly in front of the subject and using just the softer light from the edge of the beam to actually light the subject. You must learn to feather light effectively if you are to work with reflectors outdoors. If you reflect raw sunlight into your subject’s face, they get an “instatan” and burned retinas. However, if you direct the main beam of light slightly in front of or above the subject (this will depend on the angle you are reflecting the light from) you will dramatically soften the light and make it usable for a main-light source.

Once you complete this testing with your first test subject, get a second test subject with the opposite skin tone—meaning that, if you were working with a dark-skinned person, the second person should be fair-skinned, or vice versa. Repeat the complete process (which will go faster since the floor is already marked). When you have taken all the images, make a print of each test image—a big enough print that you can really see the lighting. Terrible lighting might be overlooked in a wallet-size print or even in a larger print where the face size is small, but with an 8x10, 11x14, or larger print (with a larger face size) you can easily make the distinction between good lighting and bad.

The same principles of lighting apply to every style of light we will discuss. While the softer light creates a good standard lighting look for general portraits, there are many other choices that provide a unique look in the final portrait. Parabolics. Parabolic lighting has been used for years by many of the great old photographers, like the late Don Blair. Parabolics are large reflector dishes, In this parabolic lighting setup, you can see a softbox used below the subject for an extra pop of light.

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