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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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While color photography is the expected style for children's portraiture, this book teaches photographers the skills they need to create highly marketable black-and-white portraits of children. Guidance is provided for seeking out locations and props that are the most amenable to black-and-white portraiture of children--from portraits with siblings on the beach to a child alone with a treasured toy. Tried-and-true secrets are given for getting kids to behave, while also making sure that the children are having a good time--crucial for capturing those priceless expressions that set every child apart from the crowd.

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