Secrets of Great Portrait PhotographyPhotographs of the Famous and Infamous
In this sexy, bold book, Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Brian Smith tells the stories behind the photos and lessons learned in 30 years of photographing celebrities and people from all walks of life. Smith’s long list of famous and infamous subjects includes pro basketball players Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal; billionaires Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Donald Trump; tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams; actors Anne Hathaway, Antonio Banderas, Christopher Walken, Taye Diggs, Jane Krakowski, and William H. Macy; and many more.
You’ll get the inside scoop on what goes on at a celebrity photo shoot in this gorgeous guide to making professional portraits. Smith has mastered how to make a meaningful portrait on a magazine’s budget and on a celebrity’s schedule, which can sometimes be 15 minutes or less. Smith reveals his tips on connecting with people, finding the perfect location, telling a great story through portraiture, getting the ideal pose, capturing emotion and gestures, arranging unique group shots, and lighting the scene just right. You might not be photographing the rich and famous, but after reading Smith’s tell-all guide, you’ll know how to give everyone who makes their way in front of your camera the star treatment.
Chapter 1: Connect with People
Chapter 2: Find the Place
Chapter 3: Find the Angle
Chapter 4: Tell the Story
Chapter 5: Sweat the Small Stuff
Chapter 6: Don't Mess with a Good Thing
Chapter 7: Pose, Gesture, Emotion
Chapter 8: Less is More
Chapter 9: See the Light
Chapter 10: Group Portraits Without Formality
Chapter 11: Create the Look
Chapter 12: Lights, Camera, Lens
Chapter 13: Assignments
Chapter 14: Asked and Answered Celebrities include: Venus and Serena Williams, Randy Quaid, Gene Hackman, Cindy Crawford, boxer Christy Martin, Tim Hardaway, Donald Trump, George Hamilton, Bill Gates, Leslie Nielsen, The Bee Gees, Jose Canseco, Antonio Banderas, Shaquille O'Neal, John Turturro, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Sylvester Stallone, Don King, Jane Krakowski, and Christopher Walken.
For the past 30 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith's bold, iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes, and executives have appeared in advertising and graced the covers and pages of such magazines as LIFE, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, and British GQ. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympics and was a Pulitzer finalist for his photographs of Haiti in turmoil. He's a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Lowepro Lowe Professional, X-Rite Coloratti, and he's president of Editorial Photographers, an organization of the top magazine photographers and newspaper photojournalists from around the world.
Expert Reviews"Portrait photographers are powerful people. For a given period they own their subject and that fact carries great responsibility whether the subjects are VIPs or just regular humans. Brian Smith takes us through the subtleties and on past the hard-core practicalities of portrait photography of the famous and infamous. His observations and instructions in this fine book define and serve the art of the photo portrait. Any photographer who has digested The Secrets of Great Portrait Photography will be sure to wield his or her power with knowledge and judgment.”
–Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photographer and Legend
“The same humor and enthusiasm that has made Brian Smith a popular speaker can be found here in his insider anecdotes about photographing celebrities on assignment. He gives clear explanations of all the techniques, from the elegantly simple to the technically sophisticated, that have helped him solve the problems every pro encounters: Shy or busy subjects, not so gorgeous locations, less than perfect lighting conditions, the need to tell a big story in a single frame. Alongside each assignment, he provides the definition of each professional tool he uses, and thanks to the book’s handy design, these informative details never interrupt the flow of a good story.”
–Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor in Chief, Photo District News
"Brian Smith demonstrates on every page of this terrific book that the real secrets of great portrait photography are the warmth, wit, and skill that he brings to every shot. He laces the stories behind his vibrant portraits with loads of useful tips and easy-to-understand techniques. And he shows you how to create a visible connection with anyone in front of your lens, from movie stars to strangers on the street."
–Miriam Leuchter, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Photography
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