Set the Scene (Paperback)

Use Props to Create Memorable Portrait Photography

By Tracy Dorr

Amherst Media, 9781608956975, 126pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

List Price: 27.95*
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No one likes to admit it, but photographers often reach a plateau where they feel like they've reached their creative limit. Adding the right prop to a portrait setup can elevate every aspect of the image--easing the posing process, inspiring more interesting lighting, and engaging viewers in a more personalized story about the subject. In this book, Tracy Dorr shows you how to make the most of props, making savvy choices for individual and group portraits created in the studio or on location. Packed with inspirational techniques and images from ten contributing photographers (among them, Andrea Crabb, Ashley Warren, Aileen Treadwell, and Mimika Cooney), this book will inspire you to create more evocative images of any subject--from infants to engaged couples--and enhance your brand through the effective use of props.

About the Author

Tracy Dorr is the author of two books - Advanced Wedding Photojournalism: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers and Engagement Portraiture: Master Techniques for Digital Photographers (both from Amherst Media). She holds a BA in English/Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been shooting professionally since 2003. She won three Awards of Excellence from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and was a Master Class teacher at the WPPI convention in Las Vegas. Her work has been published in numerous local wedding publications. Tracy has also been a contributor to four books in the 500 Poses series by Michelle Perkins, on the subjects of brides, men, couples and groups (Amherst Media). She lives in Williamsville, NY with her husband Bill and their daughter.