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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (July 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608953106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608953103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Perkins is a professional photographer, a designer, and a writer. Her images and articles have appeared in "After Capture," "Metropolitan Bride," "PC Photo," and "Rangefinder" magazines. She is the author of numerous books, including "500 Poses for Photographing Women," "Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop," and" Professional Portrait Lighting. "She lives in Buffalo, New York.

Customer Reviews

Lots of great ideas in this book to get you creative juices flowing.
Brent H. Zendner
I was going to order the Portrait 500 poses, and I'm so glad I waited and only wasted my money on one book!
Musicmaven
Guess I was expecting more from this book than just 500 images of couples posing.
Kim Shimer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric L on August 3, 2011
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Like the previous reviewer said, this is a great resource to leaf through before shooting a couple. The images are from a wide variety of professional photographers, so the style, locations, subjects all vary greatly, so no matter where you are or how and who you shoot, you can use this book as a starting point. The emphasis is primarily on romantic couples, so if you are an aspiring wedding or engagement photographer, this book could be especially helpful. It could also be a good resource for more seasoned photographers who want to expand their posing options, and try new things. The photos are also organized into types of poses, i.e., head and shoulders, waist up, 3/4 length seated, 3/4 length standing, and so on. If you need help with posing ideas, this is a resource you should have in your library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Waiters on August 2, 2011
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This is the 4th in book in the 500 pose series and it is just what the Photography Dr. ordered.
This book is not one to look for lighting diagrams and tech info. What you do with this source book is
study the poses just before you go to the shoot to get a clear idea of what you want or need to produce.
The other benefit is its shows you a varitey of settings and people of various shapes and sizes. This is one of the few books I will not loan out Get Your Own Copy
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kim Shimer on September 14, 2011
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Guess I was expecting more from this book than just 500 images of couples posing. Some of the photos had an outdated feel and some were just plain hokey looking. I think you would get better results doing a google image search for engagement photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Optigirl on August 30, 2011
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This is a great visual resource.
There are lots of different poses for the couples - ranging from head and shoulders only, through to full body. Both seated, standing and reclining.... and a section on environmental posing too, where the background and street scenes are included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casey on February 28, 2012
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The overall concept for this book is good, it has alot of great ideas. But, the title is very decieving, it should be more like 200 different poses. Alot of the poses are repeated or not what I would call different. The same pose twice with the person smiling in one and not smiling in the other is not "differet." Or, the same picture processed differently is not a different pose. The book is not bad but the title is misleading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SerbianWolf on September 12, 2011
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Another typical photo book with samples of the poses, but little or no creative input on working with people.

Worth having for a new photographer but for anybody with couple of years of professional photography under the belt this is a waste of time. I bought it as a gift for some of my new photographers so they can learn some basic stuff, but I expect of them to go through it fast and move on.

If you're new to photography and if you need some help starting, this might be good visual aid, but don't expect wonders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspired on September 28, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm always studying images in magazines and I thought that this would be an excellent addition to my collections of book images. If you want to get some ideas on poses before you go out on that portrait shoot, this book will help you get the job done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faith on February 13, 2013
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This book has gotten several bad reviews lately, but I adore it. The one reviewer who said the images were soft focused and as a professional photographer he was not impressed likely missed the entire point of the book. It's not a book about dynamic images...for that perhaps you'll want to consider 75 Portraits by Hernan Rodriguez: Lighting and Posing Techniques for Portrait Photographers. This book is about poses so, be they soft focused or not, this book is full of various ones photographers can look at and glean inspiration from. Photography is visual of course and not too many photographers are going to see the same image the same way. Thank God for that actually. I highly doubt I will replicate any of the images in this book exact, but it does offer a great foundation to learn from. I personally love that it's page after page after page of images and not too many words. At the end of the book, two pages are included with some tips that are pretty basic, but a refresher is never a bad thing is it?

Posing and lighting are often two challenging areas for photographers, especially as more than one subject is added and this book offers some interesting ways to pose couples. Are some images better and more stimulating than others? Of course! But, some photographers are also better than others too. This book, and the poses offered can help a photographer take ordinary shots and turn them into extraordinary shots if they can apply a little of the own ingenuity. I will be purchasing the remaining 500 poses I'm missing from this author.
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Michelle Perkins is a writer, a photographer, and a digital imaging specialist. She is a technical editor for Rangefinder, a regular contributor to After Capture, and has written for PC Photo. She is the author of numerous photography books, including Professional Portrait Lighting and Professional Portrait Posing, and is the coauthor of The Illustrated Dictionary of Photography. She lives in Buffalo, New York.

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