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Start with the kid! This sounds obvious when photographing children, but many images start with a couch in a field, or a tutu the size of Montana. What do these props have to do with the child you are photographing?
In this funny and beautifully illustrated guide, photographer Allison Tyler Jones provides inspiration and practical techniques for photographers to effectively capture kids in beautiful light. She challenges readers to go a little deeper in their thought processes and to be more personal, more thought provoking, more humorous, and more real.
From a practical, photographer’s perspective, this guide approaches studio and on location lighting with a mix of technical information and advise on how to apply these ideas while working with subjects that are shy, sulking, showing off, or constantly in motion.
Readers will learn about:
Section I: The Vision
Chapter 1: Start with the Kid
Chapter 2: Brace Yourself
Tactics in dealing with the younger set
Respect goes a long way
The Client Consult
Kid Psych 101
Parental Units: Managing Expectations
Chapter 3: Developing Your Style
What do you like?
What do you hate?
Repeating themes in your work?
How I Developed/Refined My Style
What’s Their Story?
Section II: The Process
Chapter 4: Lighting Equipment
Light is Your Medium
On Camera vs. Off Camera Flash
Lights, Camera, Action
Lights: We are lighting kids, not cars, supermodels
Fast recycle times on lights
Power Packs - pros/cons
Monolights - pros/cons
Speedlights - pros/cons
Camera: Sych Speed
Action: Triggers from PC Cord, Pocket Wizards
Chapter 5: The 5 M’s of Lighting Technique
Creating a decision making process(MOOD, MAIN, MODIFY, MEASURE, MOVE
My Lighting Gear
Chapter 6: One Light Five Ways in the Studio
Push the Boundaries or Stay in the Box
Lighting Patterns Made Easy
One Light, 5 Set-ups
#1 Evenly Lit Groups
#2 Up and Over
#5 Spotlight/Grid Spots
The Five Most Common Lighting Mistakes
#1 Light Too Low
#2 Subject too close to Background
#3 Light too far away from Subject
#4 Too Many Lights
#5 Boring Light
Chapter 7: The White Seamless Manifesto in the Studio
How to Light White Seamless Background – 3 Lights
Lighting your subject separately from the background
Controlling light spill and contrast
V-Flats to cover lights
Lighting subject separately with dimension
One Background Multiple Looks
Cleaning it up in Post
Chapter 8: Lighting on Location
Decisions about Setting
Where? Studio or Location
Location Flash Exposure Principles
My Location Gear
Section III – The Shoot
Chapter 9: Props and Posing
Styling the Shoot
Props with Integrity
Point of View-Shooting Angles
Chapter 10: Directing the Shoot
Directing for Expression
Photographer Personalities--What kind of Director are you?
Chapter 11: Putting it All Together
Start with the Kid(Baby? Toddler? Tween?
Safety and Comfort
Actual Client Shoots
Section IV– The Final Product
Chapter 12: Finishing the Job You Started
The Case for Prints/Output
Valuing your work
Edit Ruthlessly and Refine the End Product
What would MoMa do?