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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography

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Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith shares the lessons he’s learned over the past 30 years capturing the faces of the famous and infamous as a top magazine portrait photographer. Brian will discuss his approach to editorial and commercial assignments from concept to final images, and detailing his approach to lighting and problem solving on productions both small and large. Smith will also share secrets about how to quickly capture the personality of the people you photograph and he will also discuss how personal projects can be used to generate editorial and commercial assignments, and allow your personal style to evolve and grow while generating assignments you love to shoot. Smith will share celebrity portraits of from his new book ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’ to show ways that you can make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.

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20 Comments

  1. shake jones
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Very well done mate! Thank you and thank you to B&H for having this seminar…you guys ROCK!!!

  2. Dzsugas Muki
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    What lens is he shooting, most of the pictures looks to separated from background almost looks like it is just photoshopped into the background

  3. Dorin Dodo
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    the Trump photo is overexposed.

  4. Bob Marengo
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Wow. I learned a lot in such a relatively brief video. I recently went to BH when I was in NYCβ€” overwhelming, but it’s got everything. Like a city block in size.

  5. AlergicToSnow
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Fantastic creativity

  6. Howard Kahn
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    many people do not like to be photoed, this could be a problem…My advise is get a very good powerful telephoto lens and go to town…….Otherwise you could get arrested or be in a heated dispute, especially if youngsters are in your lens, or young females……be safe, get that telephoto lens….

  7. Joel Ray
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    BRIAN,
    What is your protocol and workflow for portrait subject releases? Especially in the field
    Thanks!

  8. Elite Ziegelman
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Great photographer, but boring as hell

  9. Lee
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    15:10 soooo her name is Elaine LaLanne… wow, that's a good one.

  10. APisceanSlant
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Gotta laugh at all these whiners complaining about the length of the video, or the fact that he doesn't provide a technical cheat sheet. This is why you'll never be a great photographer.

  11. APisceanSlant
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    36:05 your future 45th American President. FAAAAAK

  12. Bernadette Jarrard
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Interesting talk – thanks for sharing.

  13. thePavuk
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Nice interesting presentation.

  14. Steve K
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Do you want to set yourself apart as a photographer? Then listen to the fine points of what sets these top photographers apart.

  15. Kevin Queen
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Except the flag blows one direction and the tie another lol

  16. Socrate
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    The photographer has some stunning portraits which we'd all like to study at at length, however, far too much of this shoot is of the photographer rocking, rocking, rocking back and forth and back and forth, which drives you nuts. We should be looking at the photographs while he talks, not at HIM! He rocks back and forth, from one foot to the other, continually, which is hugely irritating to watch. And he's not the only one of your photo instructors who does this terrible rocking business. Bob Straus does the same thing. It's awful. For heavens sake, teach these guys something about how to lecture and learn yourselves how to film these lectures – the intent is for us to see and understand the PHOTOS, not have to look at this guy talking WAY TOO LONG about trivial stuff, swaying and swaying and rocking and rocking incessantly while not giving us much information at all about how he lit the images or what lens he used. Your videographers have MUCH to learn.

  17. jellychin
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    Thanks great presentation very informative

  18. J Moore
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    cant see any redeeming purpose in looking at pagan guys on a downer, much less take their pic!

  19. Robert Okin
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    What a terrible video! Just a promo with very few interesting ideas. All his ideas are obvious. If he shoots like he talks, he'll fail as a photographer.

  20. keith touhey
    August 22, 2018 at 10:43

    This should be renamed to "learn portrait photography from Kevin Spacey"…I Can't be the only one to see it

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