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Nice but not very helpful,
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This review is from: Jeff Smith's Posing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography (Paperback)
Clearly the author has considerable knowledge in his domain. What the book is lacking though is high quality instructional text.
This book is probably most helpful for an experienced, but early career photographer who is looking how someone else is doing things just to mix things up, expand on breadth.
For someone who has not gotten any other instruction on posing, the descriptions will fall well short of anything that can be reproduced in a repeatable and predicable fashion. It doesn't have enough detail, doesn't explain enough of the why/how.
And for the seasoned pro, there is not enough new stuff in here to make it worth the read.
The style of writing is much more of a pro sitting down on the porch over a drink comparing notes with someone else, than someone trying to explain how something works from the ground up.
In terms of photo books, it's like showing a photo, the lighting diagram, but not explaining why those lights were placed there. Lots of those books around as well.
Would I have picked it up from a book store? Maybe. Would I buy it again? Probably not. Did I expect more than it delivered? Definitely.