Over the years, dozens of times, I've talked about the best part of our industry having nothing to do with photography, but the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft. Thanks to friends at Tamron USA a month ago I had a chance to "spend some time" with Erik Valind...on a couple of phone calls and then a podcast. I was so impressed with the passion he has for imaging that I immediately went out and bought a copy of his book. (Just for the record, it's my idea to give you the link to Erik's book, not his. Just click on the image to the left.)
While the subtitle might make it sound like it's a great book for aspiring pros to raise the bar on the quality of their snapshots, it's a solid review of all the basics of great portraiture. Erik hits virtually every aspect of creating outstanding portraits including lighting, cropping, composition and metering, just to name a few - there's nothing he doesn't cover.
This post is actually the third component in a trifecta. His podcast continues to explore his passion for imaging and his behind the scenes video with Josh Groban is a kick to watch and better understand the tone Erik and his crew set to get those natural expressions. Looking to see more of Erik's work? Check out his website.
A big thanks to Erik for doing this guest post and Tamron USA for their never-ending focus on education. Their products and their focus are helping to raise the bar on image quality every day!