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Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography

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Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us--on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. “I delight in inspiring people,” he writes. “I want them to stop, think, and feel.” Now Grecco shares the secrets of great portraits with photographers at every level, in Lighting an ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Amphoto Books (first published September 29th 2006)
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Tracy Canuck
Jan 12, 2014 Tracy Canuck rated it it was ok
Not sure whose ego is bigger, the subject or.....no, I'm pretty sure it is the photographer's.

It was interesting seeing the many famous people in poses I had never seen them in before. He explains the lighting and sometimes gets into the situational setup, which was the most interesting part of the book for me. He misspelled Colin Mochrie's name, though, so he lost another star for that.
Courtney
Sep 05, 2008 Courtney rated it really liked it
This has lots of fun information and great drawings (how-tos on the set-up, etc). A lot of this is lighting that I will probably never do myself, but it's fun to read the ins and outs of the BIG photography biz. I get a little tired of the hoohah from other books-- too rule driven-- but this guy tries new things all the time, which is a fun approach.
John
Sep 10, 2012 John rated it liked it
The stories of interacting with and getting access to celebrities is interesting, and the creative imagery is inspiring. The talk of gear and many of the popular personalities dates the book in a distracting way.
Al
May 09, 2008 Al rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Photographers
Shelves: been-read
Michael Grecco's book provides a lot of case studies with lighting setups, etc. which are useful for getting new ideas. This book was of particular interest to me since I have the same general lighting equipment that's in most of the setups.
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Jan 31, 2009 sani rated it liked it
I've been searching for this book for quite a while. I was even more intrigued after watching "Guerilla Shooting, Los Angeles" on youtube. To tell the whole truth,I was expecting more from this book.
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