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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," "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" Digital Portrait Photography 101. "She lives in Buffalo, New York.
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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608952703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608952700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,782 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hal C Davison on July 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really like these books! As long as you understand that its a VISUAL reference, a book of pictures, you might feel the same way.

I just don't agree with some of these negative reviews, maybe because I looked at it from a different perspective. I DO search for images on-line and have a huge library of them. However, these books are much faster to flip through as I am dozing off at night. Sometimes I just flip through quickly, letting them get into my brain, so they are there during a shoot. Sometimes I study them. I have other books that have lighting schematics and ratios. They are great, and necessary. However, they cannot fit in as many images. I use these books to study and figure out how they likely set up their lights, etc. Its learning in a different way. I am way beyond being spoon fed everything and love this type of exercise to stretch my grasp on how all of the components come together, posing, weight distribution, HAND PLACEMENT, lighting, etc. I pick them apart, analyzing why I hate a pose, or why it looks too stiff. Yes, there are repetitive poses. I see that as a GOOD thing. It makes me compare why one person looks better than another while being given the same instructions. It makes me figure out what to say to the person who doesn't look quite right in the pose to get it right, lean back on your leg a bit, jut your hip out, etc. I think hard when I am looking at different people in the same pose, because there is always one you like better. When looked at in this way, 500 pictures of the SAME pose is 500 different poses. No two people take direction exactly alike and every basic pose needs tweaking according to that client's features. Sure, you can just pose them and shoot them adequately, but you will never really stand above the crowd if you do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Floyd on February 17, 2011
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This is a great resource of images of men from high school seniors, firemen, officers, and artists to executives and everything in between. Poses are a combination of classical, causal to modern. Everything may not be your style, but it will get you out of the box. Back Cover " Filled with images by some of the world's most accomplished portrait, fashion and commercial photographers, this book provides a resource for photographers seeking inspiration. Stuck on what to do? Pick an image and adapt it as needed to suit your tastes. " Features: Both Studio and Location portraits. Head & shoulders, Waist-up, 3/4, and Full length poses. Poses for standing, seated and reclining.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Louis Aguinaldo on June 18, 2011
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I have an extensive photography library for my personal resource and because I also teach photography. The title of the book drew my interest as poses for men are limited compared to women's poses. I was hoping that this would be a useful resource book. Unfortunately, it doesn't really teach you anything. Its just a collection of 500 images. It only devotes two pages to discuss some tips but doesn't explain what works and what doesn't. It does have a few quotes from various photographers but it doesn't really offer much. Furthermore, it has so many of the same poses. Like there are 3 half body shots of the model holding a bat over their shoulders behind their heads in the same manner. There are also 3 different shots of young people holding a guitar in exactly the same way. Then there are a dozen similar shots of men standing with hands in their pockets. That's just a few samples of repetitive poses. So, you don't get 500 unique poses. Not only that, some of the poses are more of novelty shots or wacky shots that most people would never use. I was hoping that 1. there would be 500 unique poses. 2. that all the sample poses would be useful and not wasted shots such as shots of someone holding juggling batons to cover his face in a weird way.
You're actually better off just searching the internet and you'll find a lot more useful images and not have to waste your hard earned money.
Sorry, but the worst photography book purchase I've made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric L on January 27, 2011
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This book is what it is. It provides 500 photos of men from a wide variety of talented portrait photographers, with a wide range of styles and sensibilities. The only text is an introduction, a few quotes from the photographers, a brief overview of posing basics, and a bio of each photographer. I am glad to have it in my library as I work towards building a portrait business, I can pick it up when I want a starting point, or creative inspiration. It also helps that many of the featured photographers create excellent photos that I can work to emulate as I work towards creating my own style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Waiters on January 26, 2011
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If you have ever needed a source for Posing ideas for Men, (there is a similar book for women) this is a great book.
You can add this book to your resources and pull it out before a shoot and review the poses for the kind of man or men you will be photographing.
Some women who are not sure how to pose a guy will find this book extremely helpful. I have added post it notes to several pages as a quick ref. for myself
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Russell on October 15, 2012
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This book is horrible. There may be 500 photos in this book, but there is no where near 500 unique photos. You'll find the same basic "poses" repeated over and over again. In fact, most of the photos are just plain bad. If you want to learn to suck at posing your male clients/models/subjects (whatever you want to call them), then this is the book perfect for you. I would be embarrassed to have 90% of these photos in my portfolio. If you're looking for inspiration in posing men and boys, save your money and surf the web for it.
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