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"It's a good beginning, indeed."  —Zoomstreet.wordpress.com


"For those . . . who are interested in exploring the art of nude photography for the first time, The Beginner's Guide to Photographing Nudes might just prove to be an eye-opener on how the process works from start to finish."  —sacramentobookreview.com

About the Author

Peter Bilous is a commercial and artistic photographer. His work is a permanent part of the Elizabeth Collection at Artisan Works and has exhibited pieces at Image City Gallery, Kodak Park's main lobby, and the VARGA Gallery. His images have appeared in numerous publications, including "The New Nude." He lives in Rochester, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book made a great gift for my husband.
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The author's style is eminently readable, practical, and a real pleasure to read.
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This book is also easy to ready and great for beginners to understand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry P. Maher on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
A comprehensive, superbly organized script for successful photography of the nude ...beneficial to both new and veteran photographers. A concise and detailed presentation accompanied by pertinent illustrations ensures success. The author covers every aspect of the photographic process from initial concepts to camera and lighting decisions; to selection and interactions with models; to locations; to the photographic experience itself; to final editing and printing, in a clear direct manner. Any questions or concerns a photographer might consider or be uncertain about are addressed frankly and professionally in this text.

I enthusiastically recommend this book to all readers interested in photographing the nude.

Henry P. Maher, Ph.D., Photographer
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Martin on October 10, 2009
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I bought this book knowing that Amherst Media is geared more towards those with little to no experience. I've found some gems from them like Available Light by Don Marr and Posing Techniques by Billy Pegram so I was willing to take a chance. I don't know what the other reveiwers were thinking, but this book is awful. Here's a synopsis.

-Writer Peter Bilous is an amateur photographer. This means he does this as a hobby, not as his career. He gladly admits this in the book. Although he has some nice images, it shows in his selection.

-Peter Bilous is self taught, not school taught. His beginners book assumes you're at a level of using a point and shoot on auto and that you intend to keep using that. Amherst, shame on you for your selection of an author, get some one with more experience please.

-A lot of typos and information is frequently repeats information.

-I've been shooting with a dSLR and researching photography(self taught) for about six months. I didn't learn anything new in this book which is disappointing. The book talks more concepts and common sense with little explanation.

I would suggest you go buy something like Nude Photography: The Art and Craft by Pascal BAetens or Photographing the Nude by Mike Crawley. They are conceptual books, but done at a much higher level in technical explanation and quality of work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ali McGhee on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fine introduction to nude photography, and, as the title promises, it is outstanding as a "beginner's guide." This book covers many, if not all, of the ins and outs of nude photography, from different styles--like glamour and fine art--to various ways to approach projects, like different options for lighting. The large, high-resolution photos included in the book showcase the various options for photographers interested in shooting nudes. Bilous has here provided a varied and illustrative assortment of photographs that cover all the possible styles of nudes. My favorites come in the short section titled "Experiment with the Lighting." There are some truly unique and inspiring images here, for all interest/experience levels. Some other reviewers have mentioned that not all of the pictures are to their personal taste, but I think this actually strengthens the book. The wide variety of styles covered is a real plus and, for me, heightens the value of this beginner's guide.

Bilous has also included helpful sections on model-photographer etiquette (as a model, I know how extremely important it is to create a relaxed and safe environment for a photo shoot, so I especially appreciated this section!), tips for sharing work in galleries and other venues, and ideas on how to use your setting to get inspired for a shoot. The one issue I had while reading it was actually no fault of Bilous's, but rather had to do with the more editorial side of things (such as layout and copy editing). The pulled quotes that appear on many of the pages sometimes seem oddly out of context and occasionally jar with the photos around them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bflo11 on March 28, 2010
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This book delivers just what it promises -- clear, concise advise and instructions on how to get started shooting nude images. The author's style is eminently readable, practical, and a real pleasure to read. He covers every detail in a simple, straightforward way. For all those reasons, the book is just about perfect. The only problem, for me, is a curious one: many of the photos -- maybe even a majority -- are not all that pleasing. That's a pretty significant drawback for a how-to book about photography. Maybe it's just a matter of taste, i.e. my own photographic style and sensibilities are simply different from Peter Bilous'. Everyone's artistic vision is a little different, after all. I just wish I had enjoyed the photos in this book more. Some of the models are quite unattractive and, worse, their expressions are -- well -- expressionless, like they're (pretending to be) unconscious or just very bored. I would have prefered to see some life in the models, some happiness, some joie de vie, and more color. I thought posing could be better, too. I still have to give this book four stars, though, because the text portion is so darn helpful and on-point as I begin my own journey into nude photography. Though I may not love the pictures here, I can't help but recommend the book on the whole. I'll take what Bilous wrote to heart and apply it to my own, decidedly different, photos.
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