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Artwork from 30 of the industry's top photographers is used to highlight both clear-cut shooting strategies and colorful, cutting-edge approaches to family portraiture in this handbook intended for idea gathering and inspiration. Advice on focal length, perspective, and maximizing the potential of digital equipment highlights the technical aspects of family portraiture while group posing strategies demonstrate how best to flatter each subject and convey a sense of family unity. A lengthy discussion of lighting#151;the backbone of portraiture#151;and the manipulation of shadows and highlights instructs photographers on how to create mood and interest in a variety of lighting scenarios, both indoors and out. Specifics on adjusting body lines, colors, and shapes, working with young children, and creating a comfortable atmosphere ensure that the photographer captures the unique personality of each family with dynamic and attractive images.
This guide to digital wedding photography offers everything a wedding photographer needs to take full advantage of digital technologies. Essential aspects of digital photography are examined, from image capturing to creating wedding albums#151;a photographer's greatest source of revenue. Featuring 200 examples of professional digital photography, this book takes a detailed look at many common digital problems and provides techniques for fixing them with Adobe Photoshop.
Everything that could be done in the traditional darkroom can now be done with Adobe Photoshop, making special effects that were formerly achieved exclusively by expert darkroom technicians available to all photographers. This technological revolution has created new challenges as well as opportunities for increased creativity, allowing photographers to become digital artists as well. With illustrative photos throughout, this book details new, unexpected, and successful techniques used by artists, illustrators, commercial photographers, album designers, wedding photographers, portrait photographers, and teachers. Professional and advanced amateurs will benefit from the instructions for efficiently using the software, minimizing the computer time spent on each photo.
Discover the power of miracles from the show that has touched America's heart. If you've ever doubted, wished, or prayed for a miracle, here is the book to restore your faith and touch your soul. Richard Thomas, host of PAX TV's successful series It's a Miracle, has selected his favorite true stories of miracles that have happened in everyday life. You might call them astonishing coincidence, or answered prayers, or amazing acts of heroism...they're all around us--and right here in these awe-inspiring pages. Here are stories to celebrate: a man whose nightmares end after they help him save a woman's life . . . a woman whose beloved dog was injured and lost during airline travel--and the psychic who brought them together again . . . orphaned best friends, separated in childhood, who rediscover each other years later when one walks into a restaurant and sits down at the counter--next to her long-lost friend.From angel encounters to extraordinary animal stories, from amazing rescues to remarkable medical recoveries, these intriguing and inspiring true-life dramas will lift your spirits and give you hope and comfort when you need them most. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Beloved storyteller Belva Plain understands the rich tapestry of the human heart like no other. Her many dazzling New York Times bestsellers probe the shifting bonds of marriage and family with insight, compassion, and uncommon grace. And her new novel is no exception. A tale of fathers and daughters, lovers and families, acts of love and acts of betrayal, Her Father's House is Belva Plain's most powerful and unforgettable novel yet.It is the spring of 1968 when Donald Wolfe, a young graduate of a midwestern law school, arrives in New York. Filled with ambition and idealism, he is dazzled not only by the big city but by the vivacious, restless Lillian, whom he marries in the heat of infatuation. Surely theirs is no marriage made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald's heart. For her he would give up everything--his home, his distinguished career, and his freedom. When his flawed marriage begins to fail, a choice must be made. Shall he consider a step that would force him into flight and a life of hiding?From her earliest years, Tina is exceptional, a brilliant student and a joyous, loving spirit. At the university she falls in love with Gilbert, who graduates from law school just as she is about to enter medical school. Together they go to New York, where she learns the truth about her family's past, a truth that must change her regard for the father who has protected and cherished her. When a terrible lie has been told out of love, can it be forgiven?With courage and compassion, Belva Plain paints a moving portrait of the choices that shape the course of our lives, the secrets that haunt us, and the love that helps us heal and move on. It is a work of riveting storytelling and rare emotional power by one of the most gifted novelists of our time.From the Hardcover edition.
As students of Anya Sedgwick's prestigious Paris art school, Alexandra, Kay, Jessica and Maria became close friends, sharing a rare opportunity under Anya's loving care. But by the time graduation came along, the four women had become fast enemies. Seven years later, they're invited to attend the 85th birthday of their adored teacher in Paris. What should be a joyous occasion becomes a source of conflict for the four successful designers, now scattered around the globe and pursuing their careers. Can they summon up the courage to deal with old hurts- and face the demons that still haunt them? And, most of all, can they rekindle the warmth of their old friendship?
Award-winning author Connie Brockway takes readers to the elegant drawing rooms and sprawling country estates of Victorian England in this captivating tale of a woman who must keep an irresistible nobleman's most scandalous secret--without losing her heart. Evelyn Whyte has never forgotten the night she first met Justin Powell--or the shocking indiscretion that left the raffish military hero eternally in her debt. Now, desperate to save her aunt's foundering nuptial-planning enterprise, she's ready for Justin to repay the favor. All she needs is his scenic ancestral home, where she's determined to show the world that even a woman innocent in the ways of love can turn a simple wedding into the social event of the season. Justin is happy to oblige, but his hospitality may place the wedding party in peril. Unaware of the daring double life he conceals behind a cloak of amiable gentility, Evie and her guests descend on North Cross Abbey. Pursued by enemy agents amid a whirl of festivities, Justin vows to keep Evie safe. But who will protect him from the charms of this alluring woman--and the promise of a matchless love worth any risk?From the Paperback edition.
A twelve-year-old girl is snatched from the street where she lives. And for two cops, Mack Steiner and Bank Arbaugh--partners, best friends, fathers themselves--the girl's disappearance will hurtle them back through layers of friendship, memory, and loss. Because seven years before, Bank's own daughter vanished without a trace. And now, as police descend on the small midwestern city, as witnesses are grilled and evidence mounts, one case begins to illuminate the other. And for two men, a harrowing journey has begun--one that will test their long, complicated friendship and uncover a chilling truth about two missing girls, two shattered families, and at least one heartbreaking lie.From the author The New York Times hails as "astonishing" comes a spellbinding blend of raw tension and human drama--a masterpiece of suspense that races toward a devastating climax...then jolts us again with a final, unforgettable twist.From the Paperback edition.
He's hot. He's tough. He's dangerous...Bestselling suspense writer Taylor O'Toole has a huge problem--almost overnight, her quiet, humdrum life is starting to resemble one of her novels. Who knew that a little unofficial surveillance for a friend would backfire--throwing her into the crosshairs of a stalker? And why does her sexy new neighbor always seem to turn up when things start heading south? He's a Navy SEAL with a top secret mission: her!When Navy SEAL Jack Broussard is called back from a dangerous mission, the last thing he expects is a top secret assignment protecting a beautiful mystery writer. Jack can drop a kidnapper with his bare hands, run airtight surveillance, and cook a mean lasagna, but tangling with his unpredictable neighbor is enough to drive any man crazy. Like it or not, his new orders are to keep Taylor O'Toole in his sights--after all, she could be a key link in the government search for a missing Navy scientist. But when an attempt on Taylor's life ratchets up the stakes, Jack knows he'd better watch his heart. Because suddenly the chase is on . . . and seduction has never been so close. Or so dangerous.From the Paperback edition.
Brooklyn needs a saint. Ned Conti needs a stipend. So the struggling young historian agrees to trace the mysterious past of a Brooklyn nun for evidence of miracles. Trapped in a neighborhood of cheap rents and failed promise, in a rent-controlled apartment suddenly, inexplicably seized by a beautiful and angry ghost, Ned's only refuge is the F train to Manhattan's East Village bars, where he and his friends drown their sorrows in drink....But Ned is about to heed another call, the siren song of New Orleans, where the history of countless lost souls seems to rise from the steaming streets--and where, ten years before, he ended a brief, passionate affair with a woman whose memory has haunted him ever since. Here, in a city of spirits, Ned will embrace a dead saint and a living sinner...as a beautiful ghost offers him her desire. And his destiny....Set amid the sleepless energy and seething passion of New York and New Orleans, Madeleine's Ghost is a spellbinding novel of lost love, history, and desire--a work of startling originality that is at once exquisitely written and compulsively readable.
Jenny Lee covered her first year of marriage in the painfully real and funny book I Do. I Did. Now What?! Now it's time for her to write about the real love of her life: Wendell. Her dog.*Do you talk about your dog non-stop? *Do you suspect your dog is a genius? *Do you name each of your dog's toys?*Does your dog get more heavy petting than your spouse? *Do all holidays revolve around your dog? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you probably have a healthy admiration for your dog. But if all of the scenarios in What Wendell Wants sound familiar, well, it's obvious that your appreciation of your pooch has truly crossed the line into true love--dysfunctional, sure, but who cares?! Jenny Lee knows this obsession inside and out, and her advice is not to fight it: there's simply no cure. Instead, she offers hysterical accounts of her own experiences--from fretting over her dog's haircut to getting his portrait painted a la Picasso to trying desperately to impress the Bed & Biscuit dog kennel--to give all kindred dog-loving spirits out there some consolation that they're not alone.
It's never too early to begin learning about the beauty and bounty of Planet Earth. And now with this bright and rhythmic tribute, young children will find out all the ways in which they, too, can help care for our planet.
Imagine a chance to work as extras on TV's top soap opera, with America's heartthrob, Rick Arlen! Bess is dazzled when she and Nancy are invited on the show by Rick's beautiful costar Mattie Jensen. But she soon becomes alarmed--because the handsome actor has received some nasty threats, from a slashed photo to doctored chocolates.
When Nancy's friend George takes up bicycle racing, she becomes the target of some vicious attacks and is run off the track.
Nancy shifts into high gear as she uncovers corruption in the highest places, including a plot to silence her father, a reporter, and herself.
Nancy travels to Canada to stop a blackmailer. All sorts of successful people are being blackmailed from the same social circles. As Nancy gets deeper in to the case she senses a master criminal--someone as smart as she is--but on the wrong side of the law.
A desperate call from an old friend brings Nancy to Seattle to investigate a possible murder.
Nancy is asked to investigate the kidnapping of Hal Colson, teen heir to a huge fortune. His handsome young uncle, Lance Colson, is sure the unsavory types Hal hangs out with are holding him captive. Lance's girlfriend feels Hal doesn't deserve the near half-million dollar ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Things really heat up when Nancy asks her friend George to keep tabs on Hal's punk pals. First someone tries to blow up Lane's Maserati -- with Nancy in it. Then Nancy and her friends are grabbed. How big a price will the kidnappers put on their lives? A list of 52 books in this series is included.
Adam Malfitano still has nightmares about the night his girlfriend, Mitzi, died. He sees the blood. He sees her in the water. He is a lifeguard, and he can't save her. He wakes up screaming. Even worse, he has begun to see Mitzi while he is awake. He knows it is impossible, but she looks so real. What does she want from him?
Pinhole photography requires no camera, no lenses, and no focusing-just a tiny hole in a can or box provides the light to make images on photographic film or paper. Richly illustrated with pinhole photographs, this book teaches the principles of photography. Starting with step-by-step instructions for building a camera out of household materials, it gives details on shooting images; developing; printing images in a kitchen, bathroom, or darkroom; and building special features such as wide-angle cameras. A complete discussion of the materials needed is included.
Teaching beginners how to enter into the field of professional nude photography, this guide discusses a wide-range of topics#151;from concept through the actual shoots to editing and review. Approached systematically, the easy flow of steps provide invaluable insight into determining artistic versus commercial imagery, finding models who suit the work's goal, techniques for working with models, selecting the appropriate environment and lighting, maintaining direction and a quick pace during a session, and processing the images and experiences. Also included is information on creating a website, designing a portfolio, and preparing for gallery presentation. The ideas and direction expressed in this volume are designed as a starting point for even greater artistic expression or commercial success with photographing nudes.
Capturing the beauty of pregnancy through photographs is an increasingly popular trend, and this timely guide covers the basics of maternity photography from both artistic and business standpoints. The details of creating a successful maternity portrait are addressed, including how to select a meaningful location, what props and fabrics to use, how to pose the subject, and how to produce a flattering lighting scheme. Helpful digital effects that can enhance skin tone and impart a wide variety of polished and artistic effects are discussed, as are tactics for incorporating other family members in the portrait. Also included are tips for building a strong connection with the subject that can lead to a profitable, lifelong client relationship.
Photographers learn how to gauge the needs of their clients before placing them into a stale, preconceived #147;women's," #147;men's," or #147;children's" pose that hardly fits the client's personality or preferences. Provided with a two-pronged approach to fail-safe posing, photographers learn first to determine what the mood of the portrait should be and how to use an appropriate posing genre#151;traditional, casual, glamour, or journalistic. Photographers are then shown how that genre can be used as a basis to produce a pose that best suits the client, allowing them to create dynamic yet natural-looking pose that the subject#151;and the intended recipient#151;will love.
Contemporary photographs that cleverly capture a child's mood or personality#151;whether that's a big, toothy grin or a teary tantrum#151;are easily created with the tips and techniques explored in this in-depth handbook. Often called #147;lifestyle photography," modern techniques such as tightly cropped close-ups, vignettes, wide angles, and shallow depths produce images that are markedly less stiff and more expressive than traditional portraitures. From capturing great expressions and body language to integrating meaningful locations into the shoot to further express the subject's personality, this guide thoroughly explains how photographers can develop their image-storytelling skills to develop stunning portraits. Advice on creating platinum and chocolate hued prints, vibrant color scenes, simple grayscale images, and utilizing unusual textures or effects is also included.
Provides methods for taking pre-wedding shots and on-location photographs, as well as lighting and posing techniques to minimize and conceal flaws.
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