Best People Photography Books

1. Master Guide for Photographing High School Seniors

by Dave Wacker, Jean Wacker, J. D. Wacker

In this instructive resource, seasoned photographers illustrate how to become an elite senior-portrait photographer. Whether the student wants a simple headshot for the yearbook, classic studio portraits, or fashion-oriented images shot on location, this resource outlines every phase of the processâÄîfrom selecting the right equipment, poses, and light to generating great expressions and using the computer to retouch the face. An emphasis to stay ahead of…»

2. Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists

by Mark Simon

All artists are tired of persuading their nearest and dearest to look sadâĦlook gladâĦlook madâĦmadderâĦno, even madderâĦokay, hold it. For those artists (and their long-suffering friends), here is the best book ever. Facial Expressions includes more than 2,500 photographs of 50 facesâÄîmen and women of a variety of ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicitiesâÄîeach demonstrating a wide range of emotions and shown from multiple angles. Who can use this book? Oh, only…»

3. Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography

by Michael Grecco

Priceless--yet practical--ideas and insights from the master of portrait photography * Ready-to-use insider tips for photographers at every level * Author teaches across the country and is renowned for sharing his secrets Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us--on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. "I delight in inspiring people," he writes. "…»

4. Lighting Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios: Strategies for Digital Photographers

by Billy Pegram

Detailed discussions and eye-catching, dynamic images show photographers how to masterfully create beautifully illuminated models in this professional, informative resource. With an endless array of looks for all types of modelsâÄîsuch as nude, athletic, advertising, hand, leg, and plus sizeâÄîthis manual is packed with inspiration as well as technical advice. Start-to-finish analyses of real-life sessions help photographers take the guesswork out of lighting…»

5. Photographing People: At Home and Around the World

by Andre Gallant

"The vulnerability of an infant, the spontaneous actions of a child, the tenderness of a loving parent, or the mystery of the people you encounter on your travels.... These are precious moments for a photographer, and sharing them makes it that much more special." - André Gallant Whether capturing a child's first steps or the unique character of a face in the crowd, people are a terrific subject for photographers. Unlike nature or travel photography,…»

6. The Art of People Photography: Inspiring Techniques for Creative Results

by Bambi Cantrell, Skip Cohen

Portrait photography is one of the most challenging of all the photographic specialties. The person is right there--it seems so easy! But great portraits arenâÄôt just about what the subject looks like. ItâÄôs about how they see themselves. Great people photography is about photography...and about understanding people. The Art of People Photography shows photographers how to reveal the person behind the portrait. From the basics of choosing a camera and lens,…»

7. The Art of Pregnancy Photography

by Jennifer George

Capturing the beauty of pregnancy through photographs is an increasingly popular trend, and this timely guide covers the basics of maternity photography from both artistic and business standpoints. The details of creating a successful maternity portrait are addressed, including how to select a meaningful location, what props and fabrics to use, how to pose the subject, and how to produce a flattering lighting scheme. Helpful digital effects that can…»

8. Digital Masters: People Photography: Capturing Lifestyle for Art & Stock

by Nancy Brown

Photographer Nancy Brown is truly a genius of the digital world. A successful former model who moved behind the camera, she excels at connecting with people and capturing lifestyle, trends, and âÄúthe lookâÄù she wants. Her simple yet elegant photos show people living in the moment and enjoying life. How does she create such evocative shots? Nancy takes us on location and reveals how she makes the most of her subjects and their surroundings. From creating and…»

9. Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers

by Billy Pegram

This photographer's guide to creating successful model portfolios encourages a dynamic, diversified artistic approach and shares essential knowledge about the modeling industry, portfolio basics, and agency requirements. Photographers learn how to work with models for the best possible results, create and refine a standout portfolio, and sell that product to agents in the United States, England, and Asia. Three actual portfolios are included to help…»

10. Wedding and Portrait Photographers' Legal Handbook

by Norman Phillips, Christopher S. Nudo Esq.

This guide provides insights into the legal concerns that face professional photographers. Collecting unpaid debts, securing retainers, and constructing payment terms are addressed with a focus on the difficulties that are often associated with managing a photography business. Twenty-five sample forms are provided, including model and property release forms, as well as estimates and invoices easily duplicated for use in business. Advice is also provided…»

11. Lighting for People Photography

by Crain Stephen, Stephen Crain

Light is the key element of photography, and understanding the principles of light's color, temperature, intensity, direction, and quality is extremely important in taking quality photos. This book shows how to control these principles to achieve high-quality artistic and commercial photographs of people. The numerous examples and illustrations demonstrate set-ups and results, and the exercises provide practice on the techniques described. With the advice…»

12. Photographing People

by Roderick Macmillan

People always will be the most popular photographic subject, but dramatic advances in equipment, along with new images from the art world, are creating a revolution of possibilities even for beginners. Master the latest in technique and composition, through the advice of a world-traveling, award-winning expert, and capture images of people you never thought possible. Simple sequences, illustrated by breathtaking examples, take you through the new…»

13. A Photographer's Guide to Shooting Model & Actor Portfolios

by C. J. Elfont, Edna Elfont, Alan Lowry

Solid artistic abilities, technical knowledge of the industry, business and communication skills, and a great imagination are all required in shooting a strong model portfolio. This book teaches not just how to style, pose, and shoot great model portraits, but also how to develop portfolios that will get models working. Photographers will learn how to develop a professional relationship with their models and how to determine a modelâÄôs and agencyâÄôs goalâÄî…»

14. An Illustrated A to Z of Digital Photography: People and Portraits

by Nigel Atherton, Steve Crabb

Most people buy cameras to take pictures of family and friends. Today, thanks to the affordability of lightweight digital cameras and home computers, itâÄôs easier than ever to upgrade from simple snapshot taking to professional-quality portraiture. This thorough guide to portraits is the first in the large-format A-to-Z series to focus on a specific genre. With easy-to-follow tutorials to test and improve any photographerâÄôs technical and creative skills, it…»