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Gowland's Guide to Glamour Photography Hardcover – June 6, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crown; Later Printing edition (June 6, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517501899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517501894
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text in this book are similar to his other books but the photographs here are more astounding.
I have read his other books namely "New Handbook of Glamour Photography" and "The Secrets of
Photographing Women" but I learned a lot more on the "new handbook". Although his books are
already dated because it discusses film photography, you can still learn some old basic
techniques in lighting and posing which are still applicable today. Peter Gowland set the "standard
formula" of glamour photography books that the authors of today are basically imitating which is
"get the best models with beautiful faces and fantastic figures" then photograph them and then publish your
glamour photography book and it will surely sell. The problem with the new glamour photography books today are
basically pretty and sexy models but little textual content.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Kurth on June 1, 2010
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Gowland's definition of glamor photography has much more to do with shooting gratuituous nudity ads that linger somewhere between art and the unnecessarily cheesy portrayal of the female body. Unfortunately his approach is a bit dated by today's standards. Since the event of the pseudo-religious reawakening (bad IMHO) and increased respect for the woman (good IMHO) here in America, a lot of the photographs have a clear sixties and seventies "feel" to them.
This alone would be no problem if the technology of lighting and photography on the whole had not taken such large leaps in the last 20 years. So if you are hoping to at least get some good technical advice here, you may also want to look elsewhere.
WK
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