There have been so many requests for copies of this out of print classic that Don's son Gary and I, with help from the crew at Marathon Press, have decided to go back to print one more time. It's available at a pre-release price of $29.95 until January 8, 2016.
Obviously I'm a fan of the book since Don and I, along with Terry Deglau, and Tony Corbell worked hard to put it together back in the late 90's, but here's a little more of the backstory.
The principles of classic portraiture haven't changed. Clients still deserve to look their best, and great images come out of understanding lighting and posing NOT image manipulation on the computer.
PPA Certification: Because the book covers so many different aspects of lighting and posing, it's been on PPA's recommended reading list for certification for well over ten years. However, the book has been out of print, and it wasn't easy to find.
Stunning portraits have never been in greater demand. There are simply too many photographers who compromise on the quality of a portrait - mostly because they don't know how to light or pose a subject. Here's a chance for you to step up the quality of your images.
Last on the list, the book was designed to go in your camera bag. It contains how-to information to deal with 30+ challenges in portraiture. It's 90 pages with 150+ images printed on heavy stock paper. In a world where everything is digital, these images were created on film and clean, right out of the can. Nothing was retouched with the exception of cropping.
Here's a prime example I shared in a blog post almost two years ago. At the time Peter Ellis commented, "You can't beat the classics if you are taught correctly and Don is the Master. Most new photographers can't pose hands to save their lives."
Click on the images below to read the post and the tips to better ring shots and hand posting taken directly from the book.
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