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Professional Secrets of Natural Light Portrait Photography [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Douglas Allen Box
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25. Oktober 2001
Natural light portraiture is fast becoming a popular style of photography. Photographers and clients appreciate the understated, low-maintenance shoots and the spontaneous, casual quality of the photos. Featuring images shot on location, in clients’ homes, and in the studio, the author teaches how to use the unique qualities of direct sun, window light, porch light, shade, and the light at sunrise and sunset to create flattering, natural-looking portraits. Photographers will learn how to select the right setting, equipment, backdrop, and props, as well as how to control the balance of light between subject and background. Each sample portrait is accompanied by detailed technical information to help photographers achieve the same results in their own work.


  • Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
  • Verlag: Amherst Media (25. Oktober 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 158428045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280453
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,9 x 21,3 x 27,5 cm
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Douglas Allen Box is a professional photographer who specializes in photographing children, families, and weddings. He is the author of Professional Secrets for Photographing Children and Professional Secrets of Wedding Photography. He lives in Caldwell, Texas.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen "tips for photographing puppets in the sunshine" 23. Februar 2011
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The book should have a different title,"tips for photographing puppets in the sunshine".
The is not a book to help people starting out, it is a brag book.
The author starts off by bragging about his Hasselblad, then proceed to tell the reader that all the subjects in the photos should be dressed alike.
Excuse me? They look like puppets. What does how they are dressed have to do with "Natural lighting tips"?
I looked at the photos, I hope I never take photos like these.

There are many good books for enthusiasts out there about photography and how to get better, this is not one of them.

What a waste of my time.

I want my money back.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty cover but that's all. Content is fluff. 13. Januar 2004
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I buy a lot of books and this is the first that has ever so drastically underwhelmed me. As someone who has made a fairly good income in photography on the side, I wanted to learn more about informal outdoor portraiture (not weddings) in natural light and settings. The cover photograph is quite nice, but unfortunately is the best in the book. The rest are barely mediocre, especially for a photographer who reminds us throughout he text that he's endorsed by Hasselblad University.
In the beginning of this book, he claims it is for both the professional and for the mom who want to take better photos. It is for neither since it doesn't have enough of the basics for the uninitiated, and only talks about medium format focal lengths which the "mom" typically wouldn't be using nor understand the comparison to her 35mm lens focal lengths. (He could have added in parenthesis the equivalent length for 35mm camera), and neither does it cater to the pros desire for technical information by not publishing much data about each shot.
The nitty gritty of why this book is fluff: Photographer Douglas Allen Box continually glosses over pertinent technical information so vaguely that you wonder if you missed a paragraph or a page, while he goes on in depth about posing and clothing choices for your subject. At first thumbing through the pages, you'll see all sorts of 2 dimensional sketches next to some photos - that seems promising - until you actually try to match what is going on in the sketch to what is going on in the photo. They are often turned at odd angles to eachother - and often are actually wrong when you decipher the elements. Not helpful.
He describes a few tools and their use so inadequately he shouldn't bother mentioning them at all. Take these four examples: (1) A translucent light modifier has a page dedicated to it, yet there is no photo of one, nor is there a diagram showing how he placed it, nor a before picture to see what happens if one does not use it. (2) He complains that in one photograph he would have made a better photo with a longer lens that he did not own at the time of that portrait sitting. Well, set up a new one for this book and show us the difference - one with the shorter focal length and one longer - give us a diagram showing the difference in placement and the resultant photo. (3) His LIght Finder cube - in one passage he keeps refering to "the other two sides" but does not explain whether these are the dark sides, or light sides. A full page-and-a-half of vague description that leave one scratching one's head about a tool you really do not need in the first place. (4) He talks about blocking the overhead light when it is not naturally blocked, but never actually shows a diagram of how one might arrange such a set up, what tools and placement etc.
Lastly, when Box talks about adding flash he really ought to add a page or two for the uninitiated that explains why he's simply setting his flash at f8.5 and receiving different results. The accompanying text is exceptionally vague - yet he displays resulting photographs all extremely different from one another. I guess he leaves it up to us to buy another book that explains flash in a more satisfactory manner and then reapply it to his posing techniques of like-dressed people.
All in all, a complete flop unless you are very interested in learning how to pose and dress your subject. I'll be returning this one to Amazon quickly. Don't waste your money and time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book ... but, wish there was more! 7. Dezember 2001
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This is an excellent book on portrait photography for the amateur and beginning photographer, but not for the reasons most people may think. The author does not delve into the the basic of photography and presupposes some working knowledge of composition, technique, and camera operation; however, most beginning photographers and amateurs are de facto natural light photographers. What beginning photographer can afford a complete studio set up or assistant to set up and carry equipment for outdoor photography?
So, instead of taking poor natural light photographers and praying for the day you can afford "real equipment", read this book and become a master at taking photographers in natural light that are truly amazing.
This is an excellent resource and a wonderful book ... much more useful and practical than other books on portrait and glamour photography I have read.
Why only 4 stars? This was such a great book I didn't want it to end and I would have liked a little more depth in the coverage of topics.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Enough Book 10. Dezember 2002
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I would guess that every photographer has tried to take a picture of someone out-of-doors and has been disappointed with the result. Douglas Allen Box provides a good, serviceable manual that should improve the quality of the average photographer's portraits.
The author's approach is to present a portrait and then explain the photographic considerations that went into it. Usually he provides an overhead diagram showing the relationship of camera, subject and light. With each picture a short description of lighting, photography and background is usually included. Some portraits have been selected because they presented special situations or techniques. For these, besides the trio mentioned, he offers a short discussion of the problem and how he solved it. For example a portrait featuring "head tilt" discussed what Box calls the C pose and the relationship of a tilted head to lighting.
When you've finished this book you will know how to look for that soft, indirect lighting that usually makes for attractive portraits. That may not sound like much, but it is probably the most important single factor for a good portrait. You will also have encountered a number of tips that will make your portraits better looking that you might not encounter elsewhere. For example, I had never read that having people in a group portrait dress in similar clothing would create of feeling of unity. And yet putting both members of a couple in white shirts and khaki pants can achieve that goal.
I have some nits to pick with the author. Box is a medium format guy and doesn't mention auto-exposure. Since most photographers are now using 35mm cameras with auto exposure, a little tailoring could have helped, but this shortcoming is not fatal. And he preserves a few photography myths, like the suggestion that a longer focal length lens creates a shorter depth of field. Optical science is clear that for the same image size on a negative, the only way to change the depth of field around a subject is by changing aperture.
Reading this book and following the author's advice will not make you into a Karsh or Avedon. Not only did those photographers create their portraits in the studio with special lights, but they also had some of the most photogenic faces in the world to work with, as well as a degree of talent that was (and is) exceptional. This book is aimed at the majority of us who will take our cameras outdoors to photograph friends and family and who will be happy if the result is a picture that will lead others to say "Doesn't Jim (or Jane) look great in this picture.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Should be called Sunset Photography 9. Dezember 2003
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Box is obvoiusly a talented Photograher, but if your looking for ideas on how to make great looking portraits at all times during they day, this is NOT your book. Nearly every one of the outdoor photographs in this book are taken at sunset.
He constantly talks about finding good light, and that's the big trick, but he's obviosly not even very good at it since he can only find good light at sunset. ANY half-rate photographer can find good light at sunset or dusk. If you want a book about taking outdoor shots, get Jeff Smith's "Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography." Smith makes Box looks likes he's a beginner. Nearly every shot in Smith's book is NOT at dusk.
This book is really about posing, and understanding how to make artistic outdoor portraits (at dusk of course). He talks more about group photography and dressing your subjects in like clothing where Smith's book is about individual portraiture.
The photo on the cover is probably the best image Box has ever taken, and there's 2 or 3 other high quality captures as well. Smith's book is littered with high quality shots, and amazingly most of them were taken during mid-day, and he even shows you how he accomplished the task.
Douglass Allen Box's "Natural Light Portrait Photography" is for the amateur who wants to improve their group photography skil outdoors where time is really of no concern. Where your willing to sit around for hours waiting for "perfect" light.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Taught This Old Dog Some New Tricks! 5. Januar 2006
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Different people learn in different ways. Some are "theoretical" learners -- they get a training manual or instruction book, and read it from cover to cover before ever trying out any of the information they have gleaned. In a way I envy them. However I am a "practical" learner. When I taught myself to program in the C programming language, I had my hands on the computer with the very first page, where I was taught how to make the computer display "Hello world" on its screen.

Not all authors of books of instruction understand this difference, and, as a result, their texts tend to favor one style over another. We should also recognize that not every author is as expert in the field about which he or she writes, so much as a "legend in his own mind".

I have been a professional portrait photographer for over 50 years. In that time I have learned a fair amount about making portraits in a variety of lighting conditions. You might wonder why I would buy a book like "NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY" by Doug Box. Part of the reason lies in the genes. My mother, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday has been a professional portrait painter for over 80 of those years -- and she still attends classes on painting. We are never too old, or too knowledgeable, not to be able to learn something new.

So, knowing that Doug Box has earned his Master of Photgraphy and Craftsman's degrees from the Professinal Photographers of America, and that he has been a featured speaker at conventions (where I first met him), seminars, and professional photography one-week "schools", I had little fear regarding his expertise. My trust was well placed.

Although I have actually succeeded in reading the entire book (118 pages of lavishly illustrated text), I have also been able to implement items from the text on an almost page by page basis. Not just a book about "seeing" or "using" the light, but a book that includes instruction about posing, selecting locations, choosing the most appropriate lens, and how to manage exposure with natural light and added flash. I have already built myself a "light finder" (pages 13-14), and made two portraits using techniques learned from the book.

I speak here as a professional photographer, and give the book highest marks for the professional user. Quite simply, if you are a professional photographer and you make portraits, you need this book. However the serious amateur can also benefit from its contents. The amateur may not wish to bother with the "light finder" tool, and off camera flash triggered by a radio controlled signal may be a bit out of budget, but the underlying instructions apply to anyone with a camera who fancies pointing it at people. Buy it, you won't regret it!
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