The Shadow Effect (Paperback)

Creative Lighting, Posing, and Composition for Photographers

By David Beckstead (Photographer)

Amherst Media, 9781682031087, 128pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2016

List Price: 37.95*
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Photographers know that they must use highlight and shadow to create a sense of dimension in their portraits, sculpt their subject's features, and add palpable mood in their images. However, enterprising photographers know that these uses of shadow only scratch the surface when it comes to maximizing their portrait effects. They are willing to go to surprising lengths to create dramatic shadow patterns that add texture, a sense of mystery, and compositional interest in their portraits.

In this beautifully illustrated book, award-winning photographer David Beckstead showcases 180 of his most powerful images and explains how each shadow effect was created using commercial lighting, natural light, store-bought modifiers, and even common household items. Armed with the techniques outlined in this book, you will find a host of creative means to introduce and manipulate shadow patterns--both in the studio and on location--and watch your creative efforts and profits surge.

About the Author

David Beckstead was named among "The Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World" by American Photo magazine in 2007. David has a reputation for being honest and helpful and taking on life with passion and a smile. David is the author of The Beckstead Wedding. He continues to teach photographers and share his hard-earned knowledge all over the world.