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The Dramatic Portrait

Chris Knight

The Dramatic Portrait

The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow

SKU: 1091

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340 pages | Soft Cover, 8 x 10 in.

ISBN: 9781681982144

June 2017

Print and eBook Bundle: $49.99
Print Book: $39.95
eBook: $31.99

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  • Description

    Product Description

    Without light, there is no photograph. As almost every photographer knows, the word “photograph” has its roots in two Greek words that, together, mean “drawing with light.” But what is less commonly acknowledged and understood is the role that shadow plays in creating striking, expressive imagery, especially in portraiture. It is through deft, nuanced use of both light and shadow that photographers can move beyond shooting simply ordinary, competent headshots into the realm of creating dramatic portraiture that can so powerfully convey a subject’s inner essence.

    In The Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow, photographer and educator Chris Knight provides everything you need to know so that you can improve and elevate your portraiture. Beginning with a discussion of the significance of contrast (i.e., the relationship between light and dark) and how it pertains to a sense of drama in your imagery, Chris discusses the history of portraiture and light, from the early work of Egyptians and Greeks to the sublime treatment of light and subject by artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

    Chris then dives into a deep, hands-on exploration of light and portraiture, offering numerous lessons and takeaways that will have you quickly improving your work. Chris covers:
    •The qualities of light: hard vs. soft, as well as the spectrum in between
    •The relationships between light, subject, and background, and how to control them
    •Lighting ratios and how they effect contrast in your image
    •Equipment: from big and small modifiers to grids, snoots, barndoors, flags, modifiers, and gels
    •Multiple setups for one-light, two-light, and three-light shoots
    •How color contributes to drama and mood, eliciting an emotional response from the viewer
    •How to approach styling your portrait, from wardrobe to background
    •A complete post-processing workflow, including developing the RAW file, maximizing contrast, color grading, retouching, and dodging and burning for heightened drama and effect

  • Table of Contents
    •  1. Introduction
    •  2. History of Portraiture
    •  3. Technical Lighting
    •  4. Different Light for Different Faces
    •  5. Creative Application of Lighting, or What Is the Purpose of Light?
    •  6. Color
    •  7. Styling
    •  8. Post-Production
    •  9. Personal Style
    • 10. Final Thoughts