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Plain Jane to Pinup Queen: Pinup Modeling Workshop in a Book Paperback – 2008

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Do you think you are just not photogenic or that you don't have the right body type to look good in pictures? Do you cringe every time someone pulls out a camera at an event? Bombshell Betty has good news for you... Anyone can learn to be more photogenic! It's all in learning the secrets to visually sculpting your body through posing techniques and learning how to express your personality vibrantly in front of the camera. Believe it or not, these skills CAN be taught! This book is your key to finally having the flattering pictures that you want. No previous modeling skill or experience is required. Whether you are looking to get started as a professional pinup model or you simply want to dazzle your loved ones and shock your enemies with your fabulous new self, this one-of-a-kind book will transform you into the living, breathing pinup queen you've always wanted to be! With this book, you will learn everything you need to know to get gorgeous pinup photos, demonstrated step by step with stunning photographs: * Why the camera adds 10 pounds and how to avoid this effect * Tricks fashion and pinup models use to "sculpt" their bodies * Traditional pinup poses for an authentic, retro look * Photo movement and effective prop use * Personality projection and how to "make love to the camera" * Photo styling * Step by step styling instruction for 1920's-1950's hair and makeup * Practical modeling basics like finding and working with photographers and how to pack and prepare for a photo shoot * Plus much more!


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bombshell Betty Publications (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0981647405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981647401
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,876,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Lilith on February 1, 2010
I have long been interested in trying my hand at pinup modeling. I came across this book while researching Bombshell Betty's Pinup Workshop schedule. I plan to take the workshop later this year, but I figured that her book could help me learn a few poses and techniques before then. I received the book a mere two days after ordering it- yay! When I opened the envelope I was a little disappointed- for 35 bucks, I guess I expected it to have some color photos at least. But as I thumbed through the pages, I was very impressed. Ms. Bombshell Betty walks you through every step of putting your sexiest self forward on camera! There are many reference photos and tips- even a section on retro hair and makeup. I'm so excited about this book... I can't wait to get together with my girlfriends and have a "Pinup Photo" day!
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I have to start by saying that I was a little hesitant to purchase this book. The price seemed a little high and I already had a number of years of modeling experience behind me. I'm now a photographer specializing in pinup photos, with my modeling years mostly behind me, and I didn't know if this book was going to give me enough information to justify the price. I need a resource to show to clients before and during their sessions to help illustrate poses and techniques that will help them achieve an authentic pinup look in their finished images. While I love giving verbal direction, I sometimes struggle for the best way to word things to avoid clients becoming self-conscious, for example... it can be hard to tell a client that their pose is giving them a double chin. While I have gotten pretty good at it by now I will never turn down the opportunity to learn more or hear another perspective!

For what I was looking for, this book certainly did not disappoint! Bombshell Betty is a wonderful resource for all things pinup! From the posing, techniques, styling and tips and tricks, she covers everything with thoroughness and humor.

On a side note, it was also refreshing to see a woman with the confidence to show unretouched photos! She is beautiful in every single photo, no retouching needed. This makes her even more approachable fror my clients and they don't feel intimidated seeing her photos and replicating her poses!
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This book is just wonderful. I didn't read it as much as devour it! The information is straightforward and easy to follow, and the practicing is too much fun. The author is concise and well spoken, and does a wonderful job of breaking down the poses so that you understand the body mechanics in place for each pose. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about pin-up photography - this is a must have resource for both models and photographers. And there's even more! Sections about make-up and hairstyles from different eras are covered, as well as exactly how to prepare for a photoshoot. There's even a cheat sheet for posing to help you remember your posing pointers on the big day.

If you're considering purchasing this book, don't hesitate! It's truly a goldmine of information about all things pin-up.
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