Jeff Smith's Guide to Head and Shoulders Portraits by Jeff Smith

By Jeff Smith

After examining the entire gleaming reports of this booklet, i used to be anticipating whatever actually awesome. After completing the publication, i cannot aid yet consider a bit upset. approximately forty% of the publication has not anything to do with tips on how to take head and shoulders photos (or any images, for that matter), yet quite with the enterprise of images, and the way to make yours extra ecocnomic. it kind of feels this publication is aimed, no longer on the novice photographer, yet on the professional who is trying to increase his company. He is going on approximately how to define out what a shopper desires, tips to deal with them, what issues to have on hand at your studio, and so forth. this is often all reliable details in case you want it, yet possibly he must have kept it for a e-book entitled "The company of images" or whatever. so much of his feedback easily wouldn't observe to an beginner. for instance, he indicates hiring assistants to do nearly every little thing other than take the pictures, claiming "You make 1000s of greenbacks an hour at the back of the digital camera, but if you take a seat on the desktop, you are doing the activity of somebody making twelve cash an hour." good, that is all positive, yet it isn't what i used to be searching for in a publication with the identify "Jeff Smith's consultant to move and Shoulders Portraits". i used to be hoping for...I do not know...maybe a few info on the best way to take nice head and shoulders images. it isn't like most people examining this booklet are capable of rent plenty of assistants. If I had that sort of cash, i would just pay a professional seasoned photographer to coach me every little thing he knows.

Mr. Smith is going on and on approximately the best way to make your images enterprise ecocnomic, and essentially states that, for those who do not stick with his recommendation, you will be a kind of photographers complaining approximately being placed into bankruptcy through "soccer mothers with dSLR's". He many times emphasizes the significance of realizing what your buyers wishes and wishes are. yet he does not appear to keep in mind that this e-book is probably now not being learn by means of fellow execs, yet through the very "soccer mothers" and different amateurs he rails opposed to. i feel he has didn't take his personal recommendation and has placed out a publication that does not meet the expectancies of his clients.

Now, the explanation I supply the publication 3 stars and never only one is since it does comprise a few beneficial information regarding posing and lighting fixtures the topic, and his images are actually gorgeous. in fact, it is helping that he runs a really high-end images studio, and his consumers are the "beautiful humans" of California, now not the common Joe or Jane. i am not certain his lighting fixtures setup, which leans extra towards type lighting fixtures than portraiture, will be applicable for many consumers. nonetheless, the ebook indicates the lighting fixtures thoughts and posing rather well. He additionally is going into aspect on posing the palms, head, shoulders, or even the eyes. it is only a disgrace that he wasted a lot house on details that won't on subject. I want he had long past into extra element on quite a few lights setups, yet it appears he did not have enough room. evidently, he felt that together with info on tips on how to inventory tampons simply because "the typical lady starts off her interval at unforeseen occasions in embarrassing areas and has no hygiene items" used to be extra very important.

I'm protecting the e-book, so Jeff has made his revenue off of me, which appears his major target. yet I will not be placing him on my record of authors to shop for from within the future.

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Now, in most of my photographs, I am back to reflected-fill only. As I mentioned above, your lighting techniques should always be evolving. LIGHTING 41 I don’t like fooling around with small reflectors, so I have a 4x6-foot silver/white reflector on the side of each camera area. I adjust it for the amount of fill I want with each client, because skin tone makes a huge difference in the amount of fill needed. The choice of white or silver will also depend on the amount of fill you want and the distance the reflector will be placed from the subject.

In this case, tilting the head toward the higher shoulder made her look as though she just sat on a very sharp object and is waiting until we take the picture to get the heck off of it. By tilting the head into what traditionalists consider a “man’s” pose, we made her look confident, beautiful, and nothing like a man. The Real Rule. Now that I have had a little fun, I can continue. The real rule of tilting the head is that there is no rule. You don’t always do anything in photography. If you are photographing a woman, you don’t tilt toward the high 62 JEFF SMITH’S GUIDE TO HEAD AND SHOULDERS PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FACING PAGE—Which direction and how far to tilt the head must be decided on an individual basis.

Next, repeat the process—except this time, adding your fill light. If you use flash, start with a high lighting ratio like 6:1 (the main light three stops greater than the fill). If you are using reflected fill, start with the reflector at a distance where you can see very little fill with your eyes. For a silver reflector, this may be six feet from the subject; for a white reflector this may be four feet from the subject (but a great deal will depend on how you see). Repeat the testing process and mark your reflector with a piece of duct tape on the floor.

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