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Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator. Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world, motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.


Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious international photography competitions held in the United States through Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.


Roberto teaches private workshops, seminars, and platform classes at the largest photography conventions in the world. He has been an international first-place winner three times and has been nominated by his peers as one of the ten most influential photographers and educators in the world. His first book, Picture Perfect Practice, became a bestselling photography training book, and it is sold worldwide.


Aside from the world of photography, Roberto is a high-performance remote-control helicopter pilot, a (not so good anymore) classical guitarist, and a table tennis fanatic. He is also a major foodie and is still searching for the most amazing red wine and the most pungent cheeses. His search for the perfect steak is over; he found it in the Japanese Wagyu. 

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter (Book 77)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (March 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321966465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321966469
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an aspiring amateur portrait photographer, I have spent hours trying to figure out how to pose people, without having to spend 10 years of daily practice to master it. Most books I have seen will give you the "rules" then immediately tell you how to break them. They just leave me confused. I am left trying to memorize a few poses or doing lots of planning beforehand.

This book explains WHY you do what you do in a way you can understand, and more importantly, remember. Now I finally feel like I might be able to be halfway competent at posing even without tons of experience. In addition, there are comparison photos shown, with method a and method b, you decide what looks best. And there is "homework" in each chapter with photographs for you to practice your new knowledge on, trying to figure out if and how they could have been done in a more attractive, pleasing way.

It's far better to have photos where you can recognize flaws rather than a book full of perfect poses that if I knew how to do, I would not need the book.

I probably won't been needing the plethora of other books I have on posing--just this one.
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If you're looking to learn more about posing, I can't recommend Roberto Valenzuela's new book enough. It's seriously AMAZING.

Heck, I even recommend this book to brides who want to know the basics on how to better carry themselves, stand, sit, ect to look more amazing and flattering in their photographs. :)

See, most posing books are a series of "example" poses- expecting you to memorize a certain number of "go-to" poses. But that's not true learning, that's a crutch for when you're in panic mode! (which is fine- it's good to have go-to poses- but there's SO much more to being stellar at posing!!)

By contrast, Roberto's book actually goes into HUGE detail in breaking down WHY certain poses work or don't work.

He goes step by step, breaking down each section of the body- for example, a whole chapter on hands, on weight distribution, etc. He even goes into the three main areas of the spine, and how each one plays into posing specifically!

Basically, he gives you the TOOLS to "build" any pose you need. By knowing the principles behind excellent posing, you'll be MUCH better equipped.

I've been shooting as a wedding photographer for nearly 10 years. And I'm already going through my old work and starting to see WHY this or that pose "looks wrong" or "worked". This way of looking at things is incredibly powerful- and, even better, it creates a foundation on which you can continue to build as you grow.

To those who say: "Some of these people look like models"- yes, some of the examples- particularly the "before and after" shots- are models. But the VAST majority of the images in this book are Roberto's actual past clients- brides and grooms, etc.
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While the information was good, it was not what I was expecting. The book is subtitled "... posing for photographers and models", except the book primarily focuses on couples and wedding photos. Judging from the cover, title, and samples, I was expecting more info on glamour, portraiture, and fashion type photos, and this is not at all what it is about. He makes a point that it applies to regular models as well, but if you're going to call a book "..the art of posing .. for models" ... then make it about models! I don't feel like going through the hassle of returning it, so I'll keep it for reference since any info is good info, but it is not the info I needed or wanted. I would give it two and a half stars if I could.
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Have you ever came across a portrait and something about it grabs your attention? Have you ever came across what you thought was a great picture, but somehow something was just off... but you can't put your finger on it? Once you've read this book, then you WILL KNOW why you like / dislike something. You will finally understand poses. Now Robert himself will tell you that practice is where you need to perfect it and make it second nature, but this is a great start to that.

I've owned Picture Perfect Practice, and it's one of the few photography book that I've gone back and reread multiple times. So when Roberto Valenzuela came out with this book, I knew that I just HAD to get it. Sure enough, my expectations was not just met, but exceeded. Roberto is an excellent teacher, and he gets you not to memorize poses, but to UNDERSTAND the whys behind the PRINCIPLES. He gets you into the whys and hows, not just the whats (where most books often leave you).
If you decide to break those principles, at least you will be doing it consciously, knowing what effect it has on the images you are creating.

If you have any inclination of photographing people, you MUST MUST MUST buy this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Great if you shoot beauty/fashion shots of women, weddings, couples etc., but not so great if you want to photograph men or professional women. If that was made clear in the title, or in the subtitle, it wouldn't be an issue for me. However, nothing in the title, subtitle or the table of contents mentions this. The book focuses almost exclusively on women, a bit on couples, and very little on men. I've found some useful tips, but I wish it was more balanced with tips on photographing men, and professional women.
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