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

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About This Book

Every shoot has a story. Great shoots have more than one. I’ve included my best stories in this book—the ones that reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of a high-profile portrait shoot. After 30 years of photographing celebrities, I’ve learned a lot along the way and I hope you will too.

But this isn’t your typical how-to book. In this book, you’ll learn why as well as how I made the images the way I did. I’ve always been fascinated more by the why than the how of things. How photographs are made is the easy part. Lighting diagrams, for example, are essentially sheet music; they rarely provide much insight into the photographer’s motivation. I’ve always been more curious about why the notes play out as they do—the photographer’s ...

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