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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.
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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, writer, and designer Michelle Perkins has worked in the photography publishing industry for nearly 20 years. Her images and articles have appeared in Shutterbug, Rangefinder, AfterCapture, Metropolitan Bride, and Fearless Photographers. She is the author of over a dozen instructional books for professional photographers, including the popular "500 Poses" reference series, How to Photograph Weddings: Behind the Scenes with 25 Top Pros, and Professional Portrait Lighting: Techniques and Images from Professional Photographers. In addition, she has designed interiors and covers for photography books by industry leaders like Neal Urban, Neil van Niekerk, Mimika Cooney, Tim Kelly, Tamara Lackey, Michael Mowbray, and Lori Nordstrom. She has worked as a photography and design consultant on publications for Oxford University Press and Rizzoli.

Michelle also brings her skills to the Buffalo, NY, market with creative photography, poster, CD, and marketing designs for professionals, small businesses, and actors/artists/musicians. She has created CD photography and poster designs for Black Rock Zydeco, Davey O, Dee Adams, and Leroy Townes--and photographed countless live performances as an accredited press photographer for the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. Her local images have also appeared in The Buffalo News and on Buffalo Rising. In 2015, she launched a successful solo exhibition, called SHAPED, featuring twenty-five creative pairings of her industrial and botanical images.

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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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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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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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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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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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I have many poses that I have created. However, my ego is not to big to believe that I cannot learn from other photographers. Therefore, I have found this book extremely useful when showing couples who are having engagement pictures done different poses that they might want to consider. I give them the book for a couple days and ask them to select 10 plates they really like and then we meet again and I collect their list. Then on the day of the shoot, I bring the book and show each image they chose. I set the book on the ground so they can see it to help them get into the specific pose. It is much easier to show a couple a picture than try to explain the pose them verbally. It works extremely well. Great book and increases my artistic effect with little work on my part.
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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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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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