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Title:
Group portrait : photography handbook
Author:
Hurter, Bill.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
125 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781584280828
Format :
Book

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From the editor of Rangefinder magazine, here is a detailed study of what makes group portraiture work. From lens selection and film choice to metering and composition, Hurter shows how to create images that clients will love. Posing is discussed in detail, with an emphasis on creating natural-looking groupings and flattering poses. as well as the techniques needed to properly light a group portrait and provide a sense of dimension. Illustrated with 120 colour images by over 20 top portrait photographers, this book will help readers yield top-quality results.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 The Technical Aspects of Good Portraiturep. 9
Camera Formatp. 9
The Effect of Focal Lengthp. 10
Lenses and Depth of Fieldp. 13
Depth of Focusp. 14
Shifting the Focus Pointp. 15
Making the Film Plane Parallel to the Group Planep. 16
Shifting the Field of Focusp. 16
Optimum Shooting Aperturesp. 17
Shutter Speedsp. 18
Film Choicep. 22
Black & White Filmsp. 23
Exposurep. 23
Meteringp. 25
Chapter 2 Posing and Compositionp. 27
Subject Positioningp. 27
Head and Shoulder Axisp. 28
Head Positionsp. 29
7/8 Viewp. 29
3/4 Viewp. 31
Profilesp. 31
Tilting the Headp. 31
Head Levels and Placement in Groupsp. 31
The Eyes and Communicationp. 32
Mouths and Expression ... and Communicationp. 33
Chin Heightp. 34
Camera Height and Perspectivep. 34
Posing Handsp. 35
Three-Quarter and Full-Length Posesp. 35
Compositionp. 38
The Rule of Thirdsp. 39
The Golden Meanp. 39
Directionp. 42
Learning to Identify Form, Line and Directionp. 43
Pleasing Compositional Formsp. 44
Linep. 44
Subject Tonep. 44
Tension and Balancep. 46
Chapter 3 Building Groupsp. 47
Posing Hierarchyp. 47
Posing Dialoguep. 50
Perimeter Checkp. 50
Coordinating Apparelp. 50
Photographers' Favoritesp. 53
The Armchairp. 55
Start with Twop. 55
Add a Thirdp. 61
Adding a Fourthp. 63
Five on Upp. 67
Obvious Things to Avoidp. 69
Chapter 4 Building Big Groupsp. 70
Naturalness Countsp. 70
Posing Levelsp. 73
Level 1 Standingp. 73
Level 2 Tall Kneelp. 74
Level 3 Short Kneelp. 74
Level 4 Sittingp. 74
Level 5 Lying Downp. 74
Stepladdersp. 74
Linking Shapesp. 74
The Really Big Groupp. 76
Chapter 5 Outdoor Lightingp. 81
Roundnessp. 81
Lighting Ratiosp. 82
Finding Good Lightp. 84
The Best Lightp. 87
One Main Lightp. 87
Reflectorsp. 89
Fill-in Flashp. 89
Using Flash-Fill, Metering and Exposurep. 91
Background Controlp. 93
Direct Sunlightp. 93
Problems Outdoorsp. 94
Chapter 6 Indoor Lightingp. 100
Featheringp. 100
Lighting the Large Room or Dance Floorp. 101
Focusing Umbrellasp. 101
Window Lightp. 103
Subject Positioningp. 105
Exposurep. 107
Fill-in Illuminationp. 107
Diffusing Window Lightp. 107
Bounce Flashp. 108
Lighting Large Groups with Bounce Flashp. 108
Diffused "Straight" Flashp. 109
Umbrellas and Softboxesp. 111
Michael Ayers on Using Umbrellasp. 111
The Making of the Ultimate Group Shotp. 111
Glossaryp. 114
Contributing Photographersp. 118
About the Authorp. 122
Indexp. 123

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