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free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com www.ebook777.com PicturePerfectPractice free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com ASelf-TrainingGuidetoMasteringtheChallengesofTakingWorld-Class Photographs RobertoValenzuela free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com PicturePerfectPractice:ASelf-TrainingGuidetoMasteringtheChallengesof TakingWorld-ClassPhotographs RobertoValenzuela NewRiders 1249EighthStreet Berkeley,CA94710 510/524-2178 510/524-2221(fax) FindusontheWebatwww.newriders.com Toreporterrors,pleasesendanotetoerrata@peachpit.com NewRidersisanimprintofPeachpit,adivisionofPearsonEducation Copyright©2012byRobertoValenzuela Allphotography©RobertoValenzuelaexceptwherenoted AcquisitionsEditor:TedWaitt DevelopmentalEditor:NolanHester ProductionEditor:LisaBrazieal InteriorDesign:MimiHeft Compositor:WolfsonDesign Indexer:JamesMinkin CoverDesign:MimiHeft CoverPhotography:RobertoValenzuela NoticeofRights Allrightsreserved Nopartofthisbookmaybereproducedortransmittedinanyformby anymeans,electronic,mechanical,photocopying,recording,orotherwise,withoutthe priorwrittenpermissionofthepublisher Forinformationongettingpermissionfor reprintsandexcerpts,contactpermissions@peachpit.com NoticeofLiability Theinformationinthisbookisdistributedonan“AsIs”basiswithoutwarranty While everyprecautionhasbeentakeninthepreparationofthebook,neithertheauthorsnor Peachpitshallhaveanyliabilitytoanypersonorentitywithrespecttoanylossordamage causedorallegedtobecauseddirectlyorindirectlybytheinstructionscontainedinthis bookorbythecomputersoftwareandhardwareproductsdescribedinit Trademarks Manyofthedesignationsusedbymanufacturersandsellerstodistinguishtheirproducts areclaimedastrademarks Wherethosedesignationsappearinthisbook,andPeachpit wasawareofatrademarkclaim,thedesignationsappearasrequestedbytheownerofthe trademark Allotherproductnamesandservicesidentifiedthroughoutthisbookareused ineditorialfashiononlyandforthebenefitofsuchcompanieswithnointentionof infringementofthetrademark Nosuchuse,ortheuseofanytradename,isintendedto conveyendorsementorotheraffiliationwiththisbook ISBN-13978-0-321-80353-5 ISBN-10 0-321-80353-1 987654321 www.ebook777.com PrintedandboundintheUnitedStatesofAmerica free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com Dedication Iwanttodedicatethisbooktomybeautifulmother,whoworkeddayandnighttofeedus andputaroofoverourheadswhenlifedealtusabadhand Withouther,Iwouldn’tbe heretowritethisbook Tomywifeandbestfriend,Kim,youramazingloveandconstantsupportarethegreatest giftsIhave ForeverymomentIspendwithyou,IthankGodforputtingyouinmylife www.ebook777.com Acknowledgments free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com Thisbookwasquitetheadventuretowrite Iwroteitinthemidstofthebusiestwedding seasonofmylifewhilealsoteachingworkshopsandseminarsaroundtheworld I dedicatedsomuchtimetothisbookthatIowemywife,Kim,mygratitudefornotmaking mesleeponthecouch Kimhasbeenapillarinmylife,thefuelthatkeepsmegoing,and themotivationtokeeppushingmyself Shehasalsobeenthesubjectofhundredsofmy practicesessionsthroughoutmycareer ThelistofhowblessedIamtobemarriedtoher couldgoonfor500pages,sotokeepthingssimple,IwanttothankKimforherpatience, unwaveringsupport,andunconditionallove Iloveyousomuch,sweetie! Ialsowanttothankmyfamily,startingwithmyMutti,mybigbroAntonio,myolder sisterBlanca,myyoungersisterSusana,mybrother-in-lawKent,mynephewsEthanand Caleb,andmynieceElliana Youguysmeaneverythingtome Itreasureeverymoment wespendtogether,andIfeelsoblessedtocallyoumyfamily Iwanttosendaspecialthankstomymother-in-lawChristinaforreadingandediting everysinglechapterinthisbook Thankyouforfixingmybadgrammarandformaking thebookreadbeautifully Thiswastrulyateameffort;Iwouldwriteandshewouldfixall mymistakes Thankyousomuch,Christina! Myfather-in-lawPeterhasbeensupportingmyendeavors,nomatterhowcrazytheymay be HehasalwaysbeenthereprovidingmewiththetoolsIneededtolearnwhateveritisI waslearningatthattime ThankyouPeter! IwanttosaythatIowealotofmysuccesstomyfriendsatRangefinder(WPPI) Arlene, George,Bill,andSusangavemetheopportunitytolaunchmyinternationalphotography teachingcareer TheybelievedinmeandIwillneverforgetwhattheydidforme Iam forevergratefultothem ThefirsttimeIreallygottoknowmygoodfriendSkipCohenandhiswifeSheilawillbe anightIwillneverforget Skiphasbeenaninvaluablefriendandmentortome Itisso nicetoknowthatIcancountonsomeonewithexperienceasvastasthatofSkip’s Noone knowsthisphotographicindustrybetterthanhim Iamhonoredtocallhimatruefriend andthankhimforwritingtheforewordtothisbook Abigthankstothebestexecutiveeditorontheplanet,TedWaitt,forgivingmethe opportunitytowritethisbook Also,thankyoutothewholeteamatPeachpitwhoworked sohardtomakethisintoabeautifulbookandgetitinyourhands Lastbutnotleast,Iwanttothankallthebeautifulbridesandawesomegroomsthathave allowedmetobeapartoftheirlivesbydocumentingthebeginningoftheirnewfamilies Itakemyresponsibilityasyourweddingphotographerseriously,whichiswhyI constantlytrytobettermyselfweekafterweektorecordyourweddingdaythebestwayI caneverytime Thankyoufortrustingmewithyourwedding! free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com AbouttheAuthor RobertoValenzuelaisaweddingandfineartphotographerbasedinBeverlyHills,CA Hisacademicbackgroundisineconomicsandmarketing However,itwashis10yearsas aconcertclassicalguitaristthathasgivenhimauniqueoutlookonhowtomaster photography,havingusedthesamepracticetechniquestomasterhismusicalinstrument RobertoValenzuelaisamultipleinternationalaward-winningphotographerandthree-time internationalfirstplacewinner Heservesasaphotographyjudgeforthe16x20WPPI (WeddingandPortraitPhotographersInternational),PPA(ProfessionalPhotographersof America),Europeanphotographycompetitions,andtheWPPIInternationalwedding albumcompetitioninLasVegas,NV Roberto’sprivatephotographyworkshopsandspeakingengagementsareheldworldwide Hisgoalistoencourageandinspireprofessionalphotographerstopracticetheircraft whennotonthejob,asanyartistmustinordertoperformatanexceptionallevel Heisan activeteacherandplatformspeakeratWPPIandhasservedasthekeynotespeakerat otherinternationalphotographyconventions HewasnamedoneofthetopweddingphotographersintheworldbyJunebugWeddings (oneofthelargestweddingresourcewebsitesinAmerica) Robertowillnotturndowntheopportunitytoplayagoodtabletennismatch,andheflies hishigh-performance3DremotecontrolhelicopterseverySundayafternoon Hecanoften befoundatlocalbookstoreslookingformaterialsonsomethingnewthathewantsto undertake www.ebook777.com Contents free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com Foreword Introduction HowtoReadThisBook TheLocation,Posing,andExecutionCharts Part1:Locations 1Geometry GeometryforFraming GeometryintheEnvironment GeometryforBalance PuttingItAllTogether 2Balance BalancingwithPeople BalancingwithObjects FiveKeyQuestionsforChoosingaBalancePoint BalancingwithSpace 3ParallelLines WorkingwithHorizontalLines WorkingwithVerticalLines 4Symmetry CombiningVerticalSymmetrywithPeople CombiningHorizontalSymmetrywithPeople SeeingSymmetryEverywhere 5ColorElements KeepContrastingColorstoaMinimum FindanAreaWheretheColorsArePartoftheSameFamily TheThree-ColorLimit 6Depth DepthandtheEnvironment DepthwithContext DepthforMood free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com DepthwithMovement 7Shadows TheBrightSideofShadows UsingDarkRoomsOutsidetoCreateStrikingPortraitswithShadows 1:ShootingfromtheShadowSide 2:ShootingintheMiddleBetweentheBrightandShadowSides 3:ShootingfromtheBrightSide NavigatebytheShadowsontheGround CastingShadowsfromObjectstoCreateGraphicalInterestonaPortrait UsinganOff-CameraFlashorVideoLighttoForceShadowstoAppearWhere Desired 8Silhouettes VitalComponentsofSilhouettes AVeryBrightBackgroundtoCreateContrast SubjectsorObjectsShouldHaveLittleorNoLightFallingonThem NoOn-CameraFlash ClearandRecognizableShapes CorrectExposure CreatingtheOpportunityforSilhouettes PartialSilhouettes PosingSilhouettes CreatingContrastingSilhouettes 9Reflections ReflectionsUsingaSingleMirror TwoSidesoftheSamePerson CapturingExpressionsandRelationshipsthroughaMirror TellingMultipleStoriesthroughaSingleMirror CreatingBalancewithaSingleMirror ReflectionsUsingTwoMirrors UsingBeveledMirrors ReflectionsfromWater FindingReflectionsinUnlikelyPlaces 10PatternsandRepetitions www.ebook777.com IncorporatingPatternsintoPhotography free ebooks ==> BreakingaPatterntoIsolateaSubject www.ebook777.com CombiningPatternswithGeometry UsingaFlashtoBringOutthePattern CombiningPatternswithGeometryandSymmetry WorkingwithRepetitions PositioningSubjectsWithinorNeartheRepetition PositioningSubjectstoBecomePartoftheRepetition 11Framing CreatingActionInsideaFrame CreatingFrames NaturalFrames DoubleFrames AbstractFrames FramingwithPeople FramingwithMeaning 12PaintingsandArtwork ChoosingtheRightArtwork RemovingContext CompositionwithPaintingsandArtwork TechnicalandLightingTips 13Contrasts OldandNew BigandSmall BrightandDark ContrastingExpressions AgeContrast ContrastingColors BreakingtheStatusQuo 14LensFlare TheBenefitsofLensFlare EverythinginModeration free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com superimposingonwalls,159–160 digitalcameras Seecameras direction givingaboutposing,186 lightingthrough,248–249 directionallight,45,47,213 Discoverstep,265–267 distanceapartposes,224–226 dog’sperspective,257–258 dominantobjects,12 double-framesituations,110–111 double-mirrorsituations,83–84 E environment depthrelatedto,44 geometricpatternsin,7–8 Executionchart,xvi,247 executionconsiderations,247–260 beautythroughangles,252–258 lightingthroughdirection,248–249 perspectivethroughlenses,259–260 simplicitythroughsubtraction,250–251 exercises onbackgroundcolors,41 onbalancingimages,17–20 oncolorpalettes,38 oncontrasts,132 ondepthandcontext,48 onfabricsoftenedshots,167 onframing,106,109,111 ongeometricshapes,10 onhorizontalsymmetry,30 www.ebook777.com onlensflare,140,146 free ebooks onmotionblurcreation,50–51 ==> www.ebook777.com onpaintings/artwork,117,123 onparallellines,26 onpatterns,94,95,102 onreflections,81,92 onshadows,58,60,66 onsilhouettecreation,76 onverticalsymmetry,28 onwalls,150,153,157 exposuresettings forshadows,66 forsilhouettes,68 expressions candidwhileposing,182 capturinginmirrors,79 contrasting,131–132 problemscapturing,266 externalflash Seeoff-cameraflash eyes,posing,183–185,240 F fabrics shootingthrough,166,167,271–276 texturesand,162–163 faceposing,180–181 neck-headcontrast,180 “X”factor,180–181,236,237 facing-each-otherposes,234–237 featured-personposes,239–241 featuringherposes,240–241 featuringhimposes,239 filters free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com neutraldensity,49 polarizer,86 fingerposition,177–178,210 flash lensflarecreatedwith,146 paintings/artworkand,121–122 patternsemphasizedwith,98 reflectorsusedwith,249 separationcreatedwith,123 shadowscreatedwith,63–65 silhouettesanduseof,68 walllightingwith,153–154 Seealsolighting focalpointpractice,281–282 foreground/backgroundphotos distanceapartposes,224 peopleusedasframesin,112 posingsubjectsin,230–233 storytellingthrough,230,281 frames,103–114 abstract,111 candidmomentsinside,104–105 creatingduringshoots,105–106 double-framesituations,110–111 exercisesrelatedto,106,109,111 geometricshapesusedas,5–6 lightingup,109 meaningaddedwith,113–114 naturallyoccurring,107–108 peopleusedas,112 storytellingthrough,110–111 G www.ebook777.com Geddes,Anne,136 free geometricshapes,3–10 ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com balancingwithsubjects,9 detrimentalinclusionof,5 examplesofcommon,4 exerciseonfinding,10 framingsubjectswith,5–6 patternsof,7–8,95–98 symmetrical,99 Seealsoshapes Greenfield,Lauren,136 groupportraits,179 H hallwayshots,278–280 halosinphotos,140–141 handposing,177–179 fingerpositionfor,177–178,210 groupportraitsand,179 handholdingshotsand,210–212 kissingphotosand,201–202 happy-seriouscontrast,131 heightdifferences,193,203 herbehindhimposes,194–196 himbehindherposes,192–193 holdinghands,210–212 horizontallines,22–23 cameratiltand,22,24 exerciseonworkingwith,26 symmetryrelatedto,27,30–31 horizontallinesofsymmetry(HLS),27 combiningwithpeople,31 exerciseonseeing,30 free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com HoyaND8filter,49 huggingposes,227–229 I interpretivephotos,219–223 ISOsettings,49,66,146 isolatingsubjects,94 K kissanticipationpose,238 kissingphotos,201–205 L lensflare,139–146 advancedtechniques,145–146 benefitsofusing,140 blockandcroptechnique,142–143 exercisesrelatedto,140,146 flashforcreating,146 moderatingtheuseof,140 movinghalosfrom,140–141 settingprioritieswith,144–145 lenses contrastsrelatedto,128 depthrelatedto,45 perspectiverelatedto,259–260 “lessismore”consideration,250–251 light directional,45,47,213 seeingthequalityof,157 window,152–153,248 Seealsosunlight lighting directing,248–249 objectsasframes,109 www.ebook777.com paintingsandartwork,121–122 free ebooks problemsrelatedto,266 separationcreatedwith,123 shadowscreatedwith,63–65 Seealsoflash lines horizontal,22–23 parallel,21–26 ofsymmetry,27,28,30 vertical,13,24–25 Locationchart,xvi locationconsiderations balance,11–20 colorelements,35–41 contrasts,125–137 depth,43–51 framing,103–114 geometry,3–10 lensflare,139–146 paintings/artwork,115–123 parallellines,21–26 patterns/repetitions,93–102 problemsrelatedto,266 reflections,77–92 shadows,53–66 silhouettes,67–76 symmetry,27–33 textures,160–164 translucentmaterials,165–167 walls,147–161 M meaning,framingwith,113–114 ==> www.ebook777.com free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com mirrors beveled,84–85 creatingbalancewith,81–82 double-mirrorsituations,83–84 relationshipscapturedthrough,79 single-mirrorsituations,78–82 tellingmultiplestorieswith,80–81 Seealsoreflections monochromaticcolorpalette,151 mood,depthfor,45–47 motionblur,50–51 movement depthwith,49–51 poseswith,206–209 Seealsoaction moving objectstoformframes,106 people/objectsforbalance,20 N narrowhallways,278–280 narrowingyourvision,250–251 naturallight Seesunlight naturalwalls,158 neck-headcontrast,180 NeutralDensity8(ND8)filter,49 90-degreebodyangles,178 O objects balancingimageswith,12–15,20 movingtoformframes,106 photographicpotentialof,91 off-cameraflash www.ebook777.com paintings/artworkand,121 free ebooks reflectorsusedwith,249 ==> www.ebook777.com shadowscreatedwith,63–65 walllightingwith,153–154 old-newcontrast,126–127 on-cameraflash filllightfrom,162 silhouettesand,68 overexposureproblems,49 P paintingwithshadows,66 paintings/artwork,115–123 choosingasbackgrounds,116 compositionwith,118–120 exercisesrelatedto,117,123 lightingtipsfor,121–122 removingthecontextof,116–117 palettes,color,37,38,151 panningmovingsubjects,49,50–51 parallellines,21–26 cameratiltand,22,24 exerciseonworkingwith,26 horizontal,22–23 vertical,24–25 partialsilhouettes,70–71 patterns,93–102 balancecreatedwith,14 breakingtoisolatesubjects,94–95 exercisesrelatedto,94,95,102 findingthroughtunnelvision,94 flashusedforbringingout,98 geometricshapesand,7–8,95–98 free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com repetitionsvs.,93,100,102 symmetrical,99 people balancingimageswith,12,20 framingimageswith,112 horizontalsymmetrywith,31 verticalsymmetrywith,29 Performstep,264–265 peripheralvision,94 perspective bird’sperspective,254–256 dog’sperspective,257–258 lensesrelatedto,259–260 photographers out-of-theboxthinkingby,157 skillsofprofessional,287–288 plantsinphotos,277–278 playful,action,movementposes,206–209 polarizerfilter,86 portraits candidshotsvs.,172 shadowsin,54–58,61–65 posing,171–186 bodyangles,178 clichésusedfor,182 expressionswhile,182 eyes,183–185 faces,180–181 givingdirectionsabout,186 handsandfingers,177–179 practicerequirement,187 problemsrelatedto,266 www.ebook777.com silhouettes,72–73,208 free ebooks symmetrical,175–176 ==> www.ebook777.com techniquesvs rules,172 weightdistributionfor,172–174 Posingchart,xvi,187–243 adviceonusing,187–188 distanceapartposes,224–226 facing-each-otherposes,234–237 featuringherposes,240–241 featuringhimposes,239 foreground/backgroundposes,230–233 handholdingposes,210–212 herbehindhimposes,194–196 himbehindherposes,192–193 huggingposes,227–229 interpretivephotos,219–223 kissanticipationpose,238 kissingphotos,201–205 playful,action,movementposes,206–209 seatedposes,213–215 togethersidebysideposes,216–218 T-pose,242–243 traditionalposes,188–191 walkingphotos,197–201 posture,172 practice Seedeliberatepractice problems analyzing,268–269 breakingdown,267–268 discovering,265–267 professionalphotographers,287–288 puddlereflections,87 free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com R rainyweather,86 reflections,77–92 beveledmirrorsand,84–85 double-mirrorsituationsfor,83–84 exercisesrelatedto,81,92 findinginunlikelyplaces,88–92 single-mirrorsituationsfor,78–82 storytellingthrough,80–81 waterusedfor,86–87 Seealsomirrors reflectors bouncingflashoff,249 directionallightfrom,45,46 lensflaretechnique,145 lightingshadedwallswith,151 paintings/artworkand,122 wallsusedas,154–157 windowlightand,152,153 relationships capturingthroughamirror,79 posinghandstosolidify,179 repetitions,100–102 patternsdistinguishedfrom,93,100,102 positioningsubjectsusing,100–101 ruffledweddingdresses,283–285 ruleofthirds,11,118,119 S seatedposes,213–215 seeinglight,157 shadedwalls,148–154 shadows,53–66 www.ebook777.com camerasettingsfor,66 free ebooks castingfromobjects,61–62 ==> www.ebook777.com exercisesonworkingwith,58,60,66 findingtheapexof,59,60 importanceof,54 lightingtocreate,63–65 navigationtechnique,60 paintingwith,66 portraitsusing,54–58,61–62 roomcolorand,57 shapes framingsubjectswith,5–6 silhouettesasclear,68 Seealsogeometricshapes shutterspeed,49,50 side-by-sideframing,112 side-by-sideposes,216–218 silhouettes,67–76 contrasting,74–76 creatingopportunitiesfor,69–70 exerciseoncreating,76 fiveelementsof,68–69 partial,70–71 posing,72–73,208 practicesessionon,281–282 simplicitythroughsubtraction,250–251 single-mirrorsituations,78–82 sittingshots,213–215 slouchingvs tilting,174 softfocuseffect,167 space,balancingwith,15–16 step-by-steppracticesession,269–276 free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com storytelling depthwithcontextfor,48 foreground/backgroundposesfor,230 framesusedfor,110–111 interpretivephotosfor,223 mirrorreflectionsfor,80–81 subtraction,simplicitythrough,250–251 sunlight asdirectionallight,45,47 lensflarecreatedby,139 proximitytoshadedwalls,149–150 reflectingapatchof,151 shadownavigationand,59–60 symmetry,27–33 exercisesonseeing,28,30 explanationof,27 geometricpatternsand,99 horizontallinesof,30–31 peoplecombinedwith,29,31 posingsubjectsbasedon,175–176 recognizingeverywhere,32–33 verticallinesof,28–29 T technicalproblems,265 textures,160–164 complementary,161–163 contrasting,163–164 fabric,162–163 practiceexample,283–285 wall,160–161 three-colorlimit,38–41 tilting www.ebook777.com cameras,24 free slouchingvs.,174 ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com togethersidebysideposes,216–218 touristtest,254 T-pose,242–243 traditionalposes,188–191 translucentmaterials,165–167 photographingthrough,165–166 practicesessionusing,271–274 softfocuseffect,167 tunnelvision,94 two-mirrorsituations,83–84 U ultra-wide-anglelenses,206,260 V veilexercise,271–274 verticallines,24–25 balancecreatedwith,13 cameratiltand,24 exerciseonworkingwith,26 symmetryrelatedto,27,28–29 verticallinesofsymmetry(VLS),27 combiningwithpeople,29 exerciseonseeing,28 videolights shadowscreatedwith,63–65 silhouettesusing,68,69,75 vision narrowing,250–251 tunnel,94 W walkingphotos,197–201 free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com walls,147–161 exercisesabout,150,153,157 externalflashusedon,153–154 naturalelementscreating,158 proximitytosunlight,149–150 shaded,148–154 sunlightreflectedto,151 superimposingdesignson,159–160 textureson,160–161 usingasreflectors,154–157 windowlightreflectedto,152,153 waterreflections,86–87 weddingdresses,283–285 weedsinphotos,277–278 weightdistribution,172–174 wide-anglelenses,128,198,257 windowlight improvingthedirectionof,248 reflectinginfrontofwalls,152,153 wirelessflash,45,47 X X,Y,andZaxes,281 “X”factor,180–181,236,237 Z zoomingforbalance,18–19 www.ebook777.com ... thetitlemusthavespokentoyou: Picture Perfect Practice Theword practice isan interestingwordbecauseitmeansdifferentthingstodifferentpeople Forme, practice has beenalifestyle I practice everythingIwanttolearn... ASelf-TrainingGuidetoMasteringtheChallengesofTakingWorld-Class Photographs RobertoValenzuela free ebooks ==> www.ebook777.com Picture Perfect Practice: ASelf-TrainingGuidetoMasteringtheChallengesof TakingWorld-ClassPhotographs... Artistic/CreativeProblems BreakingItDown Analyze Step-by-Step Practice Session Situation BreakdownExerciseLog IntegratingtheLocationChartandPrevious Practice Sessions Practice SessionPhotosandAnalysisofResults
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