Beyond Portraiture

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Beyond Portraiture

Creative People Photography

By Bryan Peterson

Watson-Guptill Publications, Paperback, 9780817453916, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

Great portraits go beyond a mere record of a face. They reveal one of the millions of intimate human moments that make up a life. In "Beyond Portraiture," renowned photographer Bryan Peterson shows how to spot those "ah-ha " moments and capture them forever. A teary child...old people laughing together...a smiling girl with big, big hair. Everyone remember pictures like these, usually taken by a mother, a father, a friend holding a camera, forever preserving small yet revealing vignettes of our personal histories. But we always relied on pure luck and chance to catch those moments. Peterson's approach explains what makes a photo memorable, how to spot the universal themes that everyone can identify with, and how to use lighting, setting, and exposure to reveal the wonder and the joy of everyday moments. "Beyond Portraiture" makes it easy to create indelible memories with light and shadow.

About the Author
Bryan Peterson, a professional photographer, is the author of "Understanding Exposure, Beyond Portraiture, Learning to See Creatively," and "Understanding Digital Photography." A well-known instructor, he is the founder of the online school The Perfect Picture School of Photography ( He lives in Chicago.