Item description for The Annabel Williams Book of Wedding and Portrait Photography by Annabel Williams...
Annable Williams is a leading exponent of today's more contemporary, relaxed and ever-popular wedding and portrait style. In this, her illuminating and personal guide to photography, Annable addresses not only the technical aspects of the craft, but also reveals new and innovative ways of working and marketing your photographs. Rather than a traditional, technical book on gadgets, lights and filters, Annabel introduces methods of working which give the photographer unprecedented freedom to produce commercially successful, natural looking pictures.
Annable reveals how to cover all aspects of a wedding or compose a portrait in a modern style that will appeal to every generation. An essential resource for any photographer keen to develop a more expressive style.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Annabel Williams Book of Wedding and Portrait Photography?
Excellent Source of Information Feb 9, 2007
This book provided good grounding information that I was able to use in my first wedding that I shot.
It has good sample shots and provides some informaation on album design and layout. Starting the business and getting your services onto the web.
Slighly interesting with some useful info Nov 2, 2006
This books offers an interesting and useful approach to people photography. There's some useful information which is to make you realise that relaxing a person and making them feel at ease is just as important as any technical ability. Overall I felt the main points in this book are thrashed out in a few pages(relax your subject, use natural light as much as possible, be prepared and have the right gear) with the rest just showing her nice colour and black and white film photos.
Like some others I didn't agree with her emphasis on makeup and the pages devoted to it. Fine if that's your things but it doesn't need this much emphasis. More relevant info could have put here.
All the photos to me seem to be on film(Fuji Provia and Neopan) and there's no reference to digital. One minor complaint with the book is her talking of using real people but it's clear that one rather good looking couple seem more like models to me - never appearing in any real wedding setting.
Buy this book if you've never seriously taken photos of children, families, couples, weddings, etc and are looking for a useful and helpful approach to it. Annabel Williams has spent years doing this and knows what she's talking about. Don't buy this book expecting lots of technical info.
More of a glorified portfolio Aug 24, 2006
This is a good book if you are looking to add a little high fashion and contemporary look to your photographs and are unsure about the subtleties of a photo shoot (how to relax your clients, pose, etc.). I am not a wedding photographer, as I mainly deal with children. I found her photographs somewhat inspiring. I am not a fan of cross processing film nor am I a fan of high speed black/white film. I found Williams' adherance to Provia 400 cross processed and Neopan 1600 limiting. I would have liked to have seen more range. I agree wholeheartedly with her preference for shooting in available light, hence the high speed film. If you're looking for a technical approach, you are not going to get it here. Overall, good book. There is nothing about digital here (just thought I would add that in case that is what you are looking for).
A good read May 27, 2005
The author comes at this subject from a slightly different perspective from many of the books out there. Its a very refreshing book, well written, LOTS of samples of her work. The book is printed on high grade stock, and the many photographs in this book look great. She discusses things many other photographers never talk about. For example, very fun to read about makeup design. Also, she has no bias for or against any one type of camera or gear, and seems to use gear and talk about gear based on what it does for her.
A good source of information Nov 10, 2004
This book had numerous photographic examples in it to go along with the text. When I first received this book and flipped through it I felt like maybe there wasn't enough text in it to go along with the photos. However, once I started reading the book I found that there was actually quite a lot of good information about taking photographs of people in different situations. The only part of the book that I found a little bit superfluous was the chapter where makeup was applied to a model step by step before doing a photo shoot. While I agree with the author that makeup and hairstyle can make a person feel more confident about themself during a photo shoot, I would have preferred it if those pages had been devoted to information that was more directly related to photography.