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“Simple tricks of the trade will enable you to bring out the best in every subject. This comprehensive book will quickly prove its worth.”  —Shutterbug


“The solid content and remarkable images . . . make this book a must for any photographer considering the portrait profession.”  —Photo-Seminars.com

About the Author

Billy Pegram has discovered, photographed, and introduced more than 50 young men and women into the international modeling community. He has also produced cutting-edge fashion photography for such clients as Fila and Swatch, and is the author of "Fashion Model Photography: Professional Techniques and Images" and "Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers." He lives in Las Vegas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; First Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282204
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Billy Pegram is a professional model photographer who has worked with Fila, the Goodwill Games, and Swatch. He is the author of Fashion Model Photography, Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios, and Professional Model Portfolios. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Customer Reviews

Pros: Well written easy to read and follow.
Tennis4Ever
This is a great book to get started with model portfolios - should be compulsory reading for all photographers who work with models.
C. B. Hall
Posing Techniques by Billy Pegram is a very useful book, particularly for someone starting in the field of model photography.
Richard Sallee

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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Al Nowak on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most of the "posing guides" I've seen fall into two catagories. There are the "show 'em a thousand pictures of a babe in a swimsuit in various poses" books. I find those totally useless. I'd rather tear pages out of fashion magazines and make my own book than look at the same girl posed a 1000 different ways in the same black swimsuit.

And then there are the books that are obviously done by someone specializing in senior (as in high school senior, not old folks...) pictures with the requisite wooden rail fence poses, the stairstep poses, and... well if you've seen the books you know exactly what I mean. In fact, Amherst, the publisher of this book, has several of them. I'm not knocking them, it's just that they really are not what I'm looking for...

So it was a pleasant surprise to discover Mr. Pegram's book. While he aims it at producing pictures for models portfolios, it's not to hard to figure out that models want to show off exceptional pictures in their portfolios. Thus the poses are contemporary, sexy -- when appropriate, and generally a cut above the run of the mill. Oh, did I mention the models are all female?

If you're expecting the usual 1/3 of the book on how to use a camera, choose lights, and read a light meter... Surprise, surprise... that ain't none of that. God bless Mr. Pegram!

The images are excellent, the models are attractive, the writing is succint and well done, and there is sufficient information that even a grizzled old pro photographer can probably pick up a few pointers.

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Trust me, if you're looking for a posing guide that looks like pictures you'd want to make, take a look at this book.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ole-henrik Helin on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've not been shooting models for very long, so I'd say that I am in the beginner/intermediate category.

So far, I've been tearing out photos from Vogue, Numero, French and others and tried to duplicate and then improvise, but I've always felt that posing and placement of the models was kind of mysterious and "difficult" to get a real grip on. (how to elongate a model, how to make the butt smaller, how to pose the model in a way that leads the eye trough the photo etc)

-So I've basically used "what looks good" thus far (and I see after reading this book, that some of my past shoots have lots of room for improvement :) )

- It can be easy to get lost in the process during a shoot, thinking and stressing to get the light right, -and forget to instruct and help and tweak the model correctly, often resulting in photos that need to be cropped to hide bad hands, or simply scrapped due to a bad pose, caused by bad instructions, for example.
(I mainly work with new/inexperienced models and often need to instruct and tweak their pose, this is a great learning tool for both model and photographer)

I mean, I've managed "fair" trough improvisation, try/fail, but it was only after reading this book that I started to really understand more on how and why this and that works - and why some of my previous attempts have failed.

The book is comprehensive and well laid out, it covers and explains the cause and effect from posing the feet and legs, to fingers, hands and arms and also the body and face.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Rice on March 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unlike most books on modeling and model photography, this book has more than just a bunch of pictures of pretty women. The author takes the time to explain posing concepts like creating an 's curve' in the positioning of the body. Great detail is given to graceful hand posing. It is the little things that differentiate between a good photograph and a great one.

This is well written and well illustrated. Definetly worth the money
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Marino Prieto on December 6, 2009
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The title of this book suggests it is very specific and, indeed, two of it's six chapters are about posing techniques. The rest of it, though, is a mishmash of very general tips ("make a fake-portfolio of magazine images you like" or some variation of it is repeated over and over again) and useless definitions (there is an entire chapter defining what fashion, or glamour, or commercial photography is - someone buying a book as specific as the title suggests does not need this).

Even in the useful parts, the book suffers from lack of structure and many of the examples contradict the guidelines presented on the text. It really seems this book was made in a hurry, and the end result is a big disappointment. I gave it two stars because there is, indeed, good information lost in the confusion, but it really should have much more.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sallee on March 1, 2008
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Posing Techniques by Billy Pegram is a very useful book, particularly for someone starting in the field of model photography. It is well illustrated with large pictures showing how (and occasionally, how not) to pose the model. All of the sections provide good tips. I found the section on hand positioning particularly helpful. The book leans more toward fashion shots than glamour and has some useful words on how to produce a port that contains what the model needs (rather than what you like).

Recommended for study.

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