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This review is from: Wedding Photography - A Guide to Posing (Paperback)Sadly, I was disappointed in this book. I found out about it because one of my colleagues is a featured photographer in the gallery section.
There are about 250 pages, of which only about 100 are actual content (the gallery is the remainder, and while some of the notes are helpful, I don't even like a good chunk of the pictures and it's mostly something I could get on my own anytime just looking at websites). Of those 100 in a book that's supposed to be about posing, about 20 are devoted to David Beckstead and his chapter's entitled "Shadow and Reflection" and "Complexity in Composition". I actually really enjoyed these chapters, but found them only marginally helpful from a posing point of view - these were more about taking pictures in general.
I also have to say that while I found the portions directly related to posing well done, in a lot of it I didn't like the poses! They felt sort of contrived and awkward to me. The entire reason I bought this book is that as a photographer I come from a more "invisible camera" approach which has left me struggling with the portrait aspect of weddings. I feel that I know how to take a good picture, but don't know how to get the best from people when I can direct them. But I still want them to be as close to natural as possible. I was hoping this book would help me fill in that gap, and it doesn't.
All that being said, I still gave it 3 stars because it is helpful, just not in the exact way or to the extent that I was hoping.
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Initial post: May 27, 2011 2:14:58 AM PDT
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David S. Pearce says:
Thank you for your comments Torrey. It is funny as a professional reviewer mentioned in their very positive review that there was too MUCH information. Not liking an image is very much a personal choice but every image in the book is world class and chosen from thousands submitted. Naturally you could get similar images from websites because that is what photographers do - showcase their work on websites to attract clients. The point of the book is to provide very helpful information to the reader and in a compact book which fits nicely into a camera bag.
Posing is not just about the person - it is about the light, composition, emotion and angles etc which is what David Beckstead discusses.
I am not sure what you wanted from the book - it is called a "Guide to Posing" and that is what is. It is not about "natural" shots you indicate that you need help in achieving. There are some 525 images within the book and yes the gallery is large to show a vast range of poses to draw inspiration from. The whole point of posing is fitting the right pose to your bride and groom. It is a given that you will not like or use all of them - that would be very hard to do! It is intended to be inspirational and all the photographer in the book are world class and each image superb in it's own right.
We have had literally hundreds of positive reviews and thank you letters about the book so I am sorry you did not enjoy it. May I ask though - given how much photographic education costs did you not feel that you got $20 worth of value?
I did a through search Torrey and could not find a website for you (apart from your wedding one). I presume you are a professional wedding photographer due to your comments and I would love to personally help you with achieving more naturally posed shots as a gesture as I want everyone who has purchased the book to get a great deal from it. Please email me - the address is in the book and I would be delighted to do this for you.
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