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Jeff Smith's GUIDE TO HEAD AND SHOULDERS PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282563, $34.95) discusses how to make close-ups more creative, flattering and profitable through techniques and equipment that pair with clothing choices and background options for maximum effect. Chapters pair color photo examples with tips on lighting, expression, and marketing finished products. Billy Pegram's LIGHTING TECHNIQUES FOR PHOTOGRAPHING MODEL PORTFOLIOS (9781584282594, $34.95) tells how to showcase a model's best attributes and appeal to her target market, with chapters showing how to match lighting to market the model, how to strobe for consistent results, and much more. Karen Dorame's THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY (9781584292570, $34.95) uses the insights of a dozen top professionals to cover established, successful business practices in photography. From cutting costs to designing your own backdrops and making the most of a studio's location, this is packed with practical tips. Neil Van Niekerk's ON-CAMERA FLASH TECHNIQUES FOR DIGITAL WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282587, $34.95) tells how to create refined wedding photos using on-camera flash rather than waiting for perfect light or using other devices. From choosing equipment and understanding flash exposures to using high-speed flash sync and duplicating the effects of available light, this is a winner for any aspiring wedding photographer. Also a top pick is Ellie Vayo's GUIDE TO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY (9781584282532, $34.95), teaching how to create flattering images of any woman. From attracting boudoir photography clients to a studio to selecting optimal lighting and designing appealing sets, any neo-professional will appreciate this.
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