A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography-it's a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas. Many photographers struggle to achieve a high-impactportfolio, feeling that they lack the creative spark to invigorate them andmove their work forward.
Creative 52 is that spark-and your guide to a new and more creative portfolio in just one year! A remedy for that "average" portfolio, this collection of innovative projects will help portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers build a portfolio that draws the attention of editors and clients-leaving the competition behind. While other how-to books often use bland imagery simply to prove a technical point, and many fine art books are filled with beautiful imagery but contain minimal (if any) educational insights to help working photographers, this book blends both: inspiration and knowledge that you can use to create images that attract potential clients.
Divided into three parts-concept, technique, and post-processing-author Lindsay Adler's 52 challenges each contain a description of the project, potential inspiration and suggestions of other artists to check out, and her own unique solution to the challenge-all to push you beyond your comfort zone to explore new ideas and approaches to your work.
Includes a year's worth of weekly projects that motivate you to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and software tools like Adobe Photoshop to achieve more eye-catching images
Offers the cure for "expected" imagery, showing how to produce memorable photographs that are distinct from the competition, enabling you to reach new clients
Empowers you with the encouragement and expertise necessary to create spectacular images
Lindsay Adler is a portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her fashion editorials have been featured in dozens of publications internationally and her images have appeared in advertising campaigns and billboards throughout the country. An author of three books, you can find her as a platform speaker at events like WPPI, Photo Plus, Imaging USA, Photoshop World, and online at creativeLIVE, Kelby Training, and many more. She is the coauthor of Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them. Learn more about Lindsay at lindsayadlerphotography.com.
Part 1: Concepts 1. Portrait without a face 2. Tell a Story 3. Use Sparklers or Fire 4. Fantasy, Fairytale 5. Make an image about 1 color 6. Remake a famous photo or artwork in your own way 7. Take the art beyond the digital image (paint on it, special product) 8. Make a Mess 9. Defy Gravity 10. Project onto Subject 11. Voyeur 12. Person in frame multiple times 13. Represent change or time 14. Opposites 15. Subject mimic background 16. Underwater 17. Environmental portrait 18. Remake a photo from childhood 19. Movement 20. Humor Part 2: Techniques 21. Paint with Light 22. Lensflare in camera 23. Lensflare tools 24. Crystal 25. Negative space 26. Lensbaby, Tilt Shift, Selective Focus 27. Shoot an out of focus portrait, well 28. Frame within a Frame 29. High Key 30. Low Key 31. Reflections 32. Pattern 33. Silhoutte 34. Use a Gel 35. Graphic Location 36. Unusual Angle 37. Through glass 38. Break a Lighting Rule 39. UV Portrait Part 3: Photoshop 40. Lensflare Photoshop 41. Add a Texture 42. Selective Color 43. Go grunge 44. HDR Portrait 45. Aged Photo 46. Mirrored Image 47. Porcelain Skin 48. 3D Image 49. Composite 50. Collage 51. Layered Images 52. Remake a movie poster