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Forget Mugshots: 10 Steps to Better Portraits

As photography enthusiasts of different backgrounds, ages, genres, and experience levels, there’s one commonality that we share  – we all take photographs of our friends, family, and loved ones. It doesn’t matter what genre photographer you are, nor which camera model you have (smartphones included), we all share this thread of common humanity. Most of us take ‘portrait’ photos at family gatherings, events, celebrations, etc… While we treasure the memory of these times, asking our loved ones to stand in front of the camera and say “cheese” only captures an insincere moment. As subjects, we’ve been conditioned to stand in front of a camera and hold a fake smile while trying not to blink. As photographers, we’ve been conditioned to center our subjects and give them the ol’ “one, two, three – click” count. You are capable of more. It’s not about lighting equipment, camera settings, or even about “vision”. It’s about expression, and finding the precise moment to capture the best image of our loved ones. Let’s take photos that connect emotionally, rather than images that just say, “Hey, I was there, they were there, and I took a snapshot of them.”

With his latest release, Forget Mugshots: 10 Steps to Better Portraits, David duChemin is at it again, making the photographic world a more beautiful place, sharing his wealth of experience when it comes to making portraits. I have long subscribed to David’s views on the importance of vision over technique, and we’ve come to a point now where we all ‘get it’, vision is important. But now it’s time to move beyond vision, beyond technique, and shift into a different gear – expression. You may have the technical abilities and the vision, but now it’s time to understand how to express it. Forget Mugshots shows us how to do that. These aren’t sequential steps, rather (as David puts it), “if I could tell you only 10 things to make your people photography stronger, what would those 10 things be?”

Here’s what you’ll gain from this eBook:

  • How to wait for, and recognize the right moment
  • Understanding smiles, eyes, and expression.
  • Creative Exercises and Portrait Profiles to learn from
  • How to use (and play with) the light
  • Controlling your background
  • Finding the right position and perspective

Hey, there’s a discount!

Whether you are learning photography as a beginner, a hobbyist, or you are a professional, there’s no better investment in the continued growth of your photography for $5, although today thru Mar 17th, 2012, you get it for only $4 with the discount code: MUGSHOTS4 or us the code MUGSHOTS20 to get 20% off if you are purchasing any 5 or more eBooks (codes expires at 11:59pm PST Mar 17th, 2012).

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The downloadable PDF is just $5USD. (or only $4 today if you use the discount code: MUGSHOTS4)

You can view some page samples or download the ebook here: Forget Mugshots: 10 Steps to Better Portraits.

Happy Photographing folks!

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Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at PhotographyBB
Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA

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