Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith is effectively a 2012 version of the book The Moment It Clicks by a different, yet equally accomplished photographer. If you liked Joe’s first book, you’ll love this one as its filled with great images and wonderful tales I imagine you’d hear if you were having a conversation with Brian while looking through his portfolio.
Is this book instructional or educational? Not really, but then again neither was The Moment It Clicks when you really look at it. However, what made that book so exciting for me were the stories and wonderful imagery that inspired me to get excited about photography and try to up my game. If you felt the same way, then Brian Smith’s book is going to inspire you in the same way I believe.
At first glance I thought “oh dear, not another photographer trying to get people to buy a book that is basically a self promotion tool”. However, when I started reading the book it was much like The Moment It Clicks where I just couldn’t put it down. I was mesmerized by the images and captivated by the stories that Brian shares. This book quickly began to follow me around the house as I did my morning activities (and yeah that activity too), and I looked forward to reading it when I got home from work.
At a little over 250 pages for nearly $50 USD ($26.36 on Amazon and only $21.99 on Kindle) this book isn’t cheap, but the usage fee of just one of the images featured in the book is probably thousands of times that. As a result, you are getting an opportunity to enjoy some brilliant images by a talented photographer with a series great of great stories, so I’d call it a pretty good value.
I like this book and recommend it for who love photography and who wish to hear the great stories of a photographer who has lived the life that most of us only dream to live. If I had to describe it in a single word, that word would be inspirational!
The publisher has provided me with a copy of this book for review, and if you purchase using the links found in this article I may make a commission.