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Foreword by Skip Cohen

Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Synopsis:

Foreword by Skip Cohen

Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Synopsis:

Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can seem like an impossible task. In Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks photography down into three key elements--locations, poses, and execution--that the reader can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day (just like you would practice a musical instrument) in order to master the art of making great images. With small chapters that offer bite-size, daily exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, the reader learns how to approach a scene, break it down, and see their way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover geometry, symmetry, balance, frames, converging lines, textures, and much more; the Posing section tackles all the poses one might need for a wedding (or other) shoot; and the Execution section features titles such as "Lighting through Direction" and "Simplicity through Subtraction."

Finally, Picture Perfect Practice offers a Practice Techniques section, encouraging the reader to dramatically improve their craft by not only reading the book, but by shooting through all of its exercises.

About the Author

Roberto Valenzuela is a Beverly Hills-based photographer, specializing in wedding photography. He has been recognized as one of the world's top wedding photographers by Junebug Weddings, and has won over 50 international print competition accolades from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) association. He is an active speaker and teacher at photography conferences across the country. Learn more at robertovalenzuelaphotography.com.

Table of Contents

I. ON LOCATION

II. POSING 

III. EXECUTION

IV. PRACTICE TECHNIQUES 


Product Details

ISBN:
9780321803535
Author:
Valenzuela, Roberto
Publisher:
New Riders Publishing
Subject:
Photography -- Technique.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Voices That Matter
Publication Date:
20120215
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.644 in 835 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Foreword by Skip Cohen

Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

"Synopsis" by , Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can seem like an impossible task. In Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks photography down into three key elements--locations, poses, and execution--that the reader can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day (just like you would practice a musical instrument) in order to master the art of making great images. With small chapters that offer bite-size, daily exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, the reader learns how to approach a scene, break it down, and see their way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover geometry, symmetry, balance, frames, converging lines, textures, and much more; the Posing section tackles all the poses one might need for a wedding (or other) shoot; and the Execution section features titles such as "Lighting through Direction" and "Simplicity through Subtraction."

Finally, Picture Perfect Practice offers a Practice Techniques section, encouraging the reader to dramatically improve their craft by not only reading the book, but by shooting through all of its exercises.

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