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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith

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Chapter 3. Find the Angle

If you’re used to seeing life at eye level, maybe it’s time to look at the world from a new point of view. Your vantage point can make a huge impact on your photographs, so be on the lookout for the right one to suit the mood of every shoot.

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GENE HACKMANPhotographed in Miami for Cigar Aficionado

Once you’ve covered all the safe angles, look for one that’s more interesting. My priority for a cover shoot is always the cover itself, but once I’d shot half a dozen cover options of actor Gene Hackman for Cigar Aficionado, I wanted to try something totally different.

When we scouted the location, this giant outdoor chess set ...

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