Haje is curious to a fault, and what is loosely referred to as his 'career' reflects that. He has crashed fewer motorbikes than you'd think, and once set his face on fire whilst juggling. He loves the OED. Oh, and he tweets a lot, at @Haje.

He freely admits that some of these things are more worth being proud of than others.

Focus On Photographing People


Everyone who takes photographs takes photographs of people. Whether it is a ‘happysnap’ of a child or a professional portrait, people are always the first subject we think of. Yet taking good photographs of people is a combination of many factors – what is the best light for the subject? How should they stand?

What aperture should you use for maximum impact? In this easy to follow, highly visual guide to portraiture Haje Jan Kamps takes you through not only the technical but also the aesthetic considerations of creating great images. Step by step guides, tips from the pros and assignments to work through will have everybody you photograph looking better in no time at all!

Packed with stunning photographs, everything about this beautiful book is aimed at a visual audience. Buy into the “Focus” series and put the focus right back where it belongs: on creating great images. It is a highly visual guide to the most popular subject – people. It includes tip boxes, summaries and assignments that make learning the techniques easier. It is not just a photo technique book, it offers advice on posing, backgrounds and lighting to make portraits stand out.

Fancy having a thumb?


Can't blame you, but then I'm biased, of course: I'm proud of all the books I've worked on. You'll probably be completely, deeply unsurprised to find out that copies of Focus On Photographing People are available from all sorts of places.

Most big book shops worth their salt will have a copy or two on the shelves. If they don't it may be that they have a couple of books tucked away under the counter (Cheeky, but I guess they just want to keep them to themselves). Smaller book shops should be able to order you a copy - all you need is to give them the ISBN number (It's 978-0240814698), and they'll sort you right out.

If you're one of those high-tech types, you should be able to get a copy of the book from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk - Enjoy!

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