Miami 10/11/2012 12:34:40 AM
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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Portraits of the Famous and Infamous

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith shares the lessons he's learned photographing celebrities in his new book Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous published by Peachpit.

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography blends lavish celebrity portraits of a coffee table book with technical how-to insights with a side dish of behind-the-scenes celebrity stories.

In this sexy, bold, beautiful book, celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith gives you the inside scoop on what goes on at a celebrity photo shoot with the stories behind breathtaking images of Venus and Serena Williams, Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Antonio Banderas, Anne Hathaway, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Cindy Crawford, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, William H. Macy and many more.

"Drawing upon everything I've learned over the last three decades, my goal to write the book I wish someone handed me when I was starting out," says Smith.

Award-winning Miami photographer, Brian Smith reveals his tips on connecting with people, finding the perfect location, telling a great story through portraiture, getting the ideal pose, capturing emotion and gestures, arranging unique group shots, and lighting the scene just right. You might not be photographing the rich and famous, but after reading Smith’s tell-all guide, you’ll know how to give everyone who makes their way in front of your camera the star treatment.

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography is available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, Peachpit, Books and Books and other retailers worldwide.

"Brian Smith demonstrates on every page of this terrific book that the real secrets of great portrait photography are the warmth, wit, and skill that he brings to every shot. He laces the stories behind his vibrant portraits with useful tips and easy-to-understand techniques and he shows you how to create a visible connection with anyone in front of your lens, from movie stars to strangers on the street." 
–Miriam Leuchter, Editor-in-Chief, Popular Photography / American Photo

“The same humor and enthusiasm that have made Brian Smith a popular speaker can be found here in his insider anecdotes about photographing celebrities on assignment. Brian gives clear explanations of all the techniques, from the elegantly simple to the technically sophisticated, that have helped him solve the problems every pro encounters” 
–Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor in Chief, Photo District News

“Brian Smith takes us through the subtleties and on past the hard-core practicalities of portrait photography of the famous and infamous. His observations and instructions in this fine book define the art of the photo portrait.” 
–Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photographer and Legend

“For Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, pictures don't just tell stories; pictures are stories. Secrets of Great Portrait Photography will be of interest to pros and photo enthusiasts alike, because it focuses on what might be the essence of photographic creativity: problem solving—and getting that shot you really want.” 
–David Schonauer, Pro Photo Daily

About the Brian Smith 
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He's told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, exhibited at the Library of Congress, appeared on The X Factor, dined with the President and 3,000 of his closest friends, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, and gotten drunk with George Clooney… all in the service of getting the perfect portrait. His bold, iconic celebrity portraits have appeared in hundreds of magazines as Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, Elle and British GQ. Smith's the Pulitzer Prize for photographs of the Los Angeles Olympics and his other awards include World Press Photo, American Photography, Communication Arts Awards, Pictures of the Year, and PDN Annual. For more information, visit his website

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