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Professional Secrets of Nude & Beauty Photography: Techniques and Images in Black & White Paperback – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584280441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Lemon is a professional model and fashion photographer and the author of "Black & White Model Photography." He lives in Novato, California.

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Overall, a great resource.
L. Sidhu
This book is full of exceptional images illustrating outstanding lighting techniques and beautiful models posed in flattering ways.
Brian Ratty
It is great study in how to apply the techniques of lighting, camera settings and posing to get the results that you want.
Harold McFarland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Life Gourmet on December 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
My shipment of books arrived to great anticipation because after 15 years of shooting professional travel photography I wanted some reference books to help provide inspiration for photographing nudes. Of the five I ordered, unfortunately, this book left me wanting more. While going into detail about lighting, posing and technique, once you've seen a few pages you've got the entire book. First, know that it's entirely in B&W--not bad for nude photography, except Mr Lemon notes that many of the images were originally shot in color. Also if you eventually want to sell your images you need to shoot color. If you're new to using flash or don't understand basic lighting concepts this book could help, but advanced amateurs and pros will bore quickly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ratty on January 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Light and beauty go together like the sky and the sun. When a professional photographer is in harmony with beautiful models and their environment they will create images that reflects this light and beauty. That's what you will find in Bill Lemons new book "Professional Secrets Of Nude & Beauty Photography". This book is full of exceptional images illustrating outstanding lighting techniques and beautiful models posed in flattering ways.
This book is more then just beautiful people and well-lit sets. There is substance here as well. "Nude & Beauty Photography" is full of instruction, inspiration and creative tips. Each setup is outlined in a narrative, with lighting graphics and equipment/film details. The reader can learn tips on posing, camera angles, composition, lighting, selecting models and much more.
Bill Lemon knows his craft and illustrates it with provocative and creative images. Further, he knows how to explain his techniques in ways that are understandable to average photographer. He gives you just the right balance between instruction and enjoyment. If you?re just a 'looker' or want to be a 'learner' I can highly recommend "Nude & Beauty Photography".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best ones on this subject that I have read. Bill Lemon takes you through a series of several photographs and for each one he details what he did and how he did it. The details are complete with not only the camera and film information, but also the details of the lighting, angles, custom development, model selection and posing information. This is an excellent book to read through and study in order to expand your understanding of model photography. By including all of the details and what the photographer was thinking and what he would do different after studying the results it provides a great deal of good information from a talented photographer. It is great study in how to apply the techniques of lighting, camera settings and posing to get the results that you want. If you want some detail knowledge or have studied lighting and posing and similar areas but are having trouble putting it all together into a comprehensive whole then this book is for you. My only complaint is that it is too short and I would have loved even more examples of his work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Sidhu on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with beautiful photographs. Bill Lemon does a good job of explaining the techniques and thought processes that went into the creation of each of the images.
In comparison to other books available on nude and glamour photography, there is not better book. Bill Lemon does an excellent job of discussing a sensitive topic.
Although the book focuses on black and white photography, don't be discouraged if you are only interested in color work. Bill Lemon's techniques apply just as readily to color work.
Unfortunately, the book is not as in-depth as I would have liked (thus, the 4 stars). In addition, it should be noted that the book is geared toward intermediate to advanced photographers as he does not spend time discussing the basics of photography.
Overall, a great resource.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Buddy Lee on February 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I just received Bill Lemon's newest book on Nude and Beauty Photography and I will have to say I am impressed with it! Bill knows how to get the best out of a model and show her asets in a way that is very flattering and classic. And then he is able to reduce the process and art to a very easily understood format. It was about four years ago that I took one of Bill's courses on glamour photography and it was one of the highlights of my career in photography as a serious amatuer. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of his courses, jump at the chance. You will not be disappointed. And if you are unable to do that then I would recommend that you buy this book today. It will give you an idea of his work and it will help you in achieving your goals. And certainly the price is very reasonable for the content!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Art Ketchum on December 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book with great ideas, fantastic posing and an inspiration for any photographer that wants to photograph women. Personally I find Lemon's books easy to follow and find his posing techniques superlative. He has the ability to make average women look stunning with his beauty lighting, posing and make-up. Bill Lemon is a master of Beauty, Glamour and Nude photography
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