In this expansive e-book, You get to see my whole portrait making process from start to finish. I share with you my lighting techniques and know-how.
You will learn everything from the planning stages of a shoot, through to capture and archive – it’s all here. I reveal my secrets and the proven techniques that I employ to create fabulous portraits anywhere, at any time.
- 356 richly illustrated pages
- 384 high resolution photographs
- Every picture has the exposure details and lighting notes
- There are over 50,000 words of creative vision
- The ultimate how to guide to portrait photography
- Beautifully design to give you a wonderful reader experience
- Compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac
“This is the definitive guide to portrait photography. Everything you need to know is in this book.” - Damien Lovegrove
The Spanish language edition RETRATOS is here.
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1. Download your book
Once payment has been made you’ll be redirected to your download link. Your order receipt will be emailed to you. We recommend you initially download your order onto a desktop/laptop computer because it is a zipped file.
2. Place/Import files
If you’re an iOS user, use your computer to unzip the file, drag and drop the book onto the iBooks app and it will then synchronise across all of your devices. For Android users, place the unzipped file into a media folder that synchronises with your mobile device.
3. Sync with devices
If the book doesn’t synchronise automatically via wifi connect your mobile device to your computer using a USB lead and synchronise in the usual way.
For iOS users
To read the book on an iOS device (iphone/ipad) follow the three steps above then open the iBooks app and the book should appear on the left of your top shelf. iBooks is pre-installed on iOS 8 and later. Please note that you will need to download the file to your computer first to unzip the content.
For Android users
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“Every page is an inspiration, not only beauty-wise but also technically! The stunning photos are accompanied by their metadata and some very useful tips, giving a deeper insight into the process of their creation. The book is vibrant, joyful and full of life, just like Damien!” - Ioannis Tsouloulis, Fujifilm Ambassador - Genk, Belgium
The man without secrets goes over just about everything you need to know in order to improve your game. Light, location, capture, import, post production - everything is explained by one of the greatest.” - Ricky & Jiri from Zenphoto - Hamburg, Germany
“Few can be unmoved by Damien’s irrepressible passion for portrait photography. Structured in a way that will appeal to the working photographer or ambitious amateur, the chapters in 'Portraits' are both accessible and inspirational, as they detail the technical elements of the work, along with some of the practical decisions made at the time. This will undoubtedly be my go-to reference for planning and managing portraits shoots. It is a constant reminder to evolve and improve.” - Ted Rigeway-Watt - Cambridge, UK
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What you have been saying…
“If you're serious about portrait photography, this book is a must-have. A wealth of information put together by Damien. His easy to learn, keep it simple approach makes you want to get out there and start shooting. It is beautifully put together by a man whose passion is photography.” - Chris Elliot - Gurnsey, UK
“When the master speaks, everyone listens. Damien has condensed all of his photographic genii into a 356 page, beautifully illustrated and technically complete masterpiece. His advice is all-encompassing; from establishing a rapport with his clients and setting up a shoot, to his camera settings, workflow and his tips in the digital darkroom. This book is a necessity for any photographer, like myself, who wishes to elevate the level of their portraiture from snapshot to art.” - Marie Sauter - New York, USA
Can I have the book on my computer, tablet and my phone at the same time?
Yes. We recommend you initially download your order onto a desktop/laptop computer because the files are zipped. Whilst your copy is licensed to you, you can have a copy of the ebook on as many of your devices as you like. Once you have the file on your computer, unzip it and place it in iBooks. You can then connect your mobile device or iPad and synchronise in the usual way.
To read the book on an iOS device (iphone/ipad) open up iBooks on your device and the book will be on the left of the top shelf. iBooks is pre-installed on devices running iOS 8 and later.
Android users may need to install an app to view the book. Search for ‘PDF reader’ in your Google Play app. Some popular free viewers include: Google PDF Viewer, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat, PDF Reader, Polaris Office, Foxit MobilePDF.
How big are the files?
There are two resolutions to choose from pdf-HD or pdf-SD to suit your broadband speed and your device capacity. The HD version is approx. 1.25gb and the SD version is 250mb, and you have the option to choose either or both after making payment. Tip: If you want to view the images at pixel level download the HD version. If your smartphone is low on capacity download the SD version.
How fast is the download?
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Can I print the book out?
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About the author
Damien Lovegrove, That’s me. I am an eminent portrait photographer and Fujifilm brand ambassador. I have been making professional photographs since 1984. In my early years I was a BBC TV cameraman before training as a lighting director. I left the BBC in 1998 to pursue a career as a commercial photographer and then went on to become a world renowned wedding photographer. I am now a portrait photographer, adventurer, writer, teacher, and presenter.
I’m inspired by beauty and as I have matured as a photographer I’ve learned to see beauty in just about everyone and everywhere. It’s not what I look at that matters, it is what I see.
Being a good portrait photographer requires key traits like having integrity, fun, respectfulness and a personable character. It wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I began to gain that all important confidence needed to hone these skills, and I shot my first portrait in 1996 at the age of 32.
Some of the leading photographers I met early in my career had confidence and craft skills in bucket loads, but somehow they lost the desire or focus to really push themselves to greatness, and they fell by the wayside. It takes continual practice and improvement to get the most from photography and there are many obstacles along the way to overcome.
The secret of making consistently good photographs is to stay inspired and be passionate about the craft. Inspiration fuels the learning of new techniques, and passion generates the motivation needed to continually practice. I hope this book triggers years of joy with your photography.
An overview video showing about half of the 358 pages
From this overview you can see the attention to detail in the design and layout by Luke Knight. I’ve omitted the best 150 pages and I’ll leave them for you to discover when you download your copy.
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