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Photographing children in black & white
Boursier, Helen T., 1960-
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, [2000]

Physical Description:
121 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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TR575 .B4427 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Aimed at both the amateur and professional photographer, this volume covers both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photographing children and will provide readers with theoretical insights as well as providing real-world illustrations that demonstrate how perfect results can be achieved. Ideal for anyone interested in photographing children, it not only deals with issues common to all types of photography but devotes chapters to subjects specific to children's portraiture. Illustrated with over 100 b&w photographs.

Author Notes

Helen T. Boursier is a professional writer, photographer, lecturer and studio owner who works exclusively with black and white images.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Illustrative Imagery versus Traditionalp. 9
Like Attracts Likep. 9
Defining Traditionalp. 9
Elements of Illustrative Imageryp. 11
Chapter 2 Film Selection - including fun film for fun portraitsp. 25
Kodak Tri-X Professionalp. 25
Infrared Filmp. 27
High Speed Filmp. 29
Polaroid SX-70 Instant Filmp. 30
Chapter 3 Choosing Your Locationp. 34
Client Selection versus Your Favorite Locationsp. 34
Prime Time Lightingp. 35
The Portrait Stylep. 35
Chapter 4 Preparing Mom for Fabulous Portraitsp. 42
Planningp. 42
Clothing Do's and Don'tsp. 43
Tips for Handling the Unexpectedp. 47
Chapter 5 Expression -- Capturing the Heart of a Childp. 48
Defining the Timeless Moodsp. 48
Getting Parents to Step Asidep. 48
The "Crazy Lady" Syndromep. 51
Chapter 6 Window Light -- Working in the Studio and On Locationp. 56
Basic Equipment Requirementsp. 56
Timing the Sessionp. 56
Light Meter Reading Usagep. 57
Using Windows On Locationp. 60
Chapter 7 Studio Lighting Offers Quality Controlp. 61
Equipment Listp. 61
Practice Makes Perfectp. 61
Chapter 8 Available Light Portraits On Locationp. 70
Looking for Ideal Lightingp. 70
Variables in Outdoor Photography with Natural Lightp. 70
Eyeing Up a Locationp. 75
Controlling Light by Controlling Time of Sessionp. 75
Working with Inclement Weatherp. 76
Chapter 9 Tips for Photographing Tots to Teensp. 80
Defining the Ideal Age for a Child's Portraitp. 80
The Difference Between Boys and Girlsp. 80
Baby Portraitsp. 81
Toddlersp. 83
Elementary-Aged Childrenp. 84
Teenagers and Young Adultsp. 88
Chapter 10 Mixing and Matching -- Boys and Girls in Groupsp. 91
Working with Different Ages and Different Sexes within One Groupp. 91
Cousins - the Ultimate Challengep. 99
Chapter 11 Solving Special Problems -- Twins, Pets, Handicappedp. 106
Photographing Twins and Groups of Small Siblingsp. 106
Adding the Family Pet to the Portraitp. 110
Working with Special Needs Kidsp. 112
Supplier's Listp. 116
Equipment Listp. 118
Additional Reading Listp. 119
Glossaryp. 120
Indexp. 121