I am writing a new photography book, my first since The Microstock Photographer’s Guide (2007). Since that book I have shifted focus to portrait photography, in particular shots of artists and creative people doing their thing. I consider myself a storyteller, and a good portrait does just that – it tells a story.
After lots of encouragement from friends and readers, I started doing research for the new book. I knew it was going to be about portraiture, but I wanted to find an angle that was both helpful to many, and could be applied without making massive investments in lighting rigs, studio space and software. It had to be about taking interesting photos more than technically superior ones, yet still contain enough concrete tips for the pro audience.
To begin, I started with a simple survey asking 5 questions about photography. I’m still collecting data, so if you have a minute, your input would be greatly appreciated. Already after the first few responses, it became clear that focus was going to be on telling stories.
“Stories in Portrait Photography” (working title) will talk about communication between photographer and subject, about emphasizing or downplaying specific character traits and “reading people”, but it will also contain tips and things to try out for every topic presented. Whether through the use of light, angles, location or direction, there are plenty of ways to strengthen the story of a portrait — without making it overly staged.
The survey has an optional field where you can put your email address, if you want to stay updated on the progress of the book. Unlike last time, I will not be posting the individual chapters as blog posts ahead of publishing. Take the survey here.
Quick update on my other current projects:
- The Final Prophecy – currently being distributed to/read by select beta-readers for feedback.
- Fantasy Gaming Campaign – related to The Final Prophecy. We’re about to play our 3rd session.
- Nebula Rescue – my upcoming iPhone game. I thought I was 90% done, but then my brother tested it and gave me a ton of ideas. Now it’s about 70% done.