Forget Mugshots, 10 Steps to Better Portraits – @CraftandVision eBook Review

Photograph of a farmer from Rajasthan

The folks over at Craft & Vision have just launched a new addition to their fantastic ebook compilations in the form of “Forget Mugshots – 10 steps to better portraits” authored by David Duchemin. This book offers very handy insights into capturing the best travel portraits with some very easy and intutive tips. Everything from waiting for the right moment before tripping the trigger, to using the available light to the best possible extent or even the significance of eye contact. David goes on to point out some really key things which can make or break an image or make it look like a typical mugshot. When David gives the examples, he speaks words which are backed by his numerous years of experience working and shooting portraits for various organisations and clients. The ebook spanning across 35 pages and 10 chapters not only talks about the gear headed stuff but also points you to some creative exercises which can help grasp the concept faster and help the photographer in long run.

Personally i was never a people/portrait photographer especially with regard to travel photography arena, but over the year and more my liking for the portraits to document the people whom i can associate with the place which i visited has got me addicted to this genre of photography. What i have learnt and also what has been very boldly emphasized in the ebook is the apsect of photographer-subject relation before going for such an image. What is the kind of image you end up making and also how the image ends up eventually on your memory card mainly relies on how good is the aspect of photographer-subject relation and intimacy.

I highly recommend this book from Craft & Vision not for the fact that its very affordable or smaller run size – but for the sheer quality of the content which is so well packed in those 10 chapters which makes you understand the concept very easily.

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Special Offer on PDFs
For the first five days only, if you use the promotional code MUGSHOTS4 when you checkout, then you can have the PDF version of Forget Mugshots: 10 Steps to Better Portraits for only $4 OR you can use the code MUGSHOTS20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) March 17, 2012.

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Craft&Vision | A Deeper Frame | eBook Review



Craft & Vision A Deeper Frame



After almost close to 6 months of hibernation from the e-book world David Du Chemin is back with a beautiful “Craft&Vision” ebook called – “A DEEPER FRAME“. David has been the man behind the mantra – “gear is good vision is better” – and does utilize it in a right way to communicate through easily affordable ebooks and blog posts to motivate people to chase vision than trail in the megapixel race.

In the new book David talks about creating an intimacy in the image and bringing in the viewers attraction into ones images using the concept of depth. A deeper frame is a very well structured book categorizing various aspects of showcasing depth in an image. It may be using the field of view or composition or use of color or use of emotions or in many ways times the use of light whilst framing a subject. Some of the concepts that David talks about in the book are something which are used by many artists and  painters in their art work. What makes this book really worth a grab is the ready to refer type illustrations for each of the 7 techniques mentioned in the book as well as the book in itself is a very small with 23 wide spread pages making it a quick ready and easy to adopt.

There’s the usual slew of first week discounts: For the first five days only, if you use the promotional code DEEP4 when you checkout, you can have the PDF version of A Deeper Frame for only $4 OR use the code DEEP20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more PDF ebooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST July 2nd, 2011.

“The DEEPER” Blow-out Offer
There’s also the deepest discount ever! 12 eBooks for $40. That’s about 34% off the already ridiculous price. That’s $3.33/book! Fill your shopping cart with 12 ebooks and use discount code DEEPER12 to get $20 off!

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Wishing David a speedy recovery from his epic jump in Italy!

Some of my images which i felt suited the bill and felt would share it with fellow readers.


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