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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The reader will find hundreds of poses and inspiration for creating images that would make your model look her best."  —sacramentobookreview.com

About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Might be a bit misleading (probably more confusing) but this book is like a portfolio.
N. Schale
If I'm flipping through books or magazines looking for new posing ideas I don't always need an explanation, I want to see something sharp and new that catches my eye.
Adam Richards
Its a great guide for help with posing, I've used this book on many shoots and love the quality of images in it.
S. Ross

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By K. Mosmen on February 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read the three previous reviews and can certainly relate to the mentioned concerns. However, in all fairness, this is clearly marketed as a "VISUAL SOURCEBOOK." I haven't counted the amount of poses actually displayed but there are a lot! Yes, many are of younger models so I am offering a 4 star review because the description of the book should be a little more clear, in my opinion.

Nonetheless, it still is a good sourcebook! I think the previous reviewers feel dupped, I guess. I understand that. So, for anyone interested in purchasing this book....PLEASE READ....

This is a sourcebook! In this publication, you will see many poses to duplicate. I think that you'll get many other ideas as well. Instead of going online to other photography related websites and downloading ideas - LIKE I DO ALL THE TIME - you can use this book for future shoot concepts. There isn't much direction as to why a model was posed like this or that, but I don't think that was the purpose of the book. Yes, there are other books from companies like Amherst that address the WHY's so if that is what you're looking for, then you might be better suited with another book. However, if you're looking for ideas, etc. then give this book a chance.....possibly consider it a coffee table book of ideas....it's actually better than the previous reviews.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John S. Loder on February 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a contract copy editor, and one of the books I vetted was this one. I am surprised by the negative reviews. The book is clearly titled a visual source book, and in that role I think it is a fine stimulus. There are lots of photographs of a wide variety of beautifully depicted ladies, admittedly not very many full figured, taken by successful skilled professionals. As a page-through for the subject and photographer to look at together to decide on a portrait direction, it seems excellent. As a book to reside in the photographers' reception area, it can be a helpful complement to photographers' own displays for eliciting the subject's interest.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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Essentially a collection of 500 portraits, this book contains a lot of photographs of women, divided into the following sections of poses:

Head and shoulders
Waist up
¾ length reclining
¾ length seated
¾ length standing
Full length reclining
Full length seated
Full length standing

Each photograph gives credit to the photographer, but no other information.
There's also a short section on posing basics and a long section about the contributing photographers.

I didn't find it as useful as it could have been, as many of the poses were duplicated except for the model and the background, and I would have preferred if it were divided into casual, traditional, glamour, fashion and environmental sections. That way, if I'm shooting outdoors in a casual setting, I can go straight to that section and see all the illustrated poses for that type of photo shoot.

It would also have been helpful if some footnotes were used for each portrait, emphasizing a few significant elements of its composition and lighting. (eg - 3/4 view, natural lighting with fill flash, note the tilt of the head and curve of the wrist)

Some of the "poses" were nothing special, the beauty of the photograph being due to other elements such as the background architecture and props, and some photographs looked like amateur point and shoot quality.

The posing basics section was informative, and some of the portraits are inspiring, but as a "visual sourcebook" it's rather limited.

Amanda Richards, January 17, 2012
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richards on June 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found the negative reviews for this book very short-sighted. There is certianly room for one to own a number of books on every aspect of pro shooting. I have other books on posing and lighting and the ideas behind them, and those serve their purpose. But I find the idea of having one book filled with just poses to be quite helpful. If I'm flipping through books or magazines looking for new posing ideas I don't always need an explanation, I want to see something sharp and new that catches my eye. I might not always have time to go through countless websites or lug along a huge stack of books & mags, and with a book like this, it's not necessary. Well done and many beautiful images.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By professional photographer ! on September 25, 2009
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Its simple, if you like the cover image and would like 500 poses in one book as a reference then buy it.
If you want to know how to set up lights and flash and what to say to models etc, then look elsewhere.

This is what it says on the tin, its a book with 500 poses !

Fantastic reference book for the professional...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Raymond W. Hurter on March 8, 2009
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500 Poses for Photographing Women is an ideal working tool for the working photographer. By sampling poses from these accomplished photographers, like Tim Schooler, one can enliven any photo session. I like the fact that the book is mostly visual. That way you can see all the head-and-shoulders poses, for instance, in one place. Or you can examine the different three-quarter-length standing and sitting poses and compare the different effects. If you only adapt 6 or 7 poses from this book into your posing lexicon, it will have definitely been worth the investment.
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More About the Author

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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