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National Geographic Photography Field Guide: People and Portraits

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How do you “freeze” your child in action on the soccer field? People & Portraits, the second in the new, information-packed National Geographic Photography Field Guide series, supplies the answer to this question and much more as readers discover the secrets that have made National Geographic photography so well known.

People & Portraits reveals the best angles, lighting, and lenses to capture candid photos and portraits of family, friends, and everyone else. How to evoke a subject’s true character on film, how to compose a formal family portrait—everything the reader needs to know about photographing people is in this book. Filled with easy-to-understand instructions from an accomplished National Geographic photographer, this guide will be accompanied by specialized volumes on wildlife, black and white, digital, adventure photography, and more. With the National Geographic Photography Field Guide series, novice to professional photographers will take the best pictures of their lives.

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National Geographic Photography Field Guide: People and Portraits



  • C. Scagliola

    Hello All,

    Ok, so I needed some help to shoot a few pics of family and friends so, I picked up a copy of this book. My first impression was that it seemed to have some good tips and techniques but, upon reading it thoroughly, I have to say folks, this one falls a bit short. I have made the move into the realm of digital media and as such, am hungry for help IN THOSE AREAS. This book just doesn’t go there enough for me. Sure, you’ll get plenty of tips pertaining to FILM media but, what I want is DIGITAL!

    Would I buy this book again, probably not BUT, if I was still using film, then this book would fill the bill.

    Ciao All!!
    Rating: 3 / 5

  • A. Lands

    I really don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe the “National Geographic” tag pulled me in. The only thing I got out of this book was to attempt to admire the photographs used as examples. Even then, they weren’t that good. But what do I know. Make sure you know what you want before you spend your change on this.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  • Robert Bill

    A great deal of information packed into a small package. These are the people who give you the incredible National Geographic images explaining how they do it. From equipment, to brief explanations of the masters like Cartier-Bresson, they set forth their approaches to portraits,lighting, street photography, action, environmental and groups. Well worth the price and several reads. The equipment sections have lightened my load and my back is greatful. Remember, these people are often traveling alone, carrying all their gear, yet producing those memorable images. You might want to see the National Geographic Photographers dvd and watch them in action.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Cole Buchanan

    I own many of the National Geographic Photography Field Guides and this is another one to add to the collection. Easy to get through and plenty of good tips for shooting people.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  • Greenbloody

    Organization is well above average but it’s not a textbook so the index is still not as strong as a textbook.
    But, it is a how-to book and chapters are to the point, clearly written. It’s sitting with my other reference books, now that I’ve read it. Very handy ref. book.
    Rating: 4 / 5