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500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers Paperback – March 1, 2009
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"The reader will find hundreds of poses and inspiration for creating images that would make your model look her best." sacramentobookreview.com
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Nonetheless, it still is a good sourcebook! I think the previous reviewers feel dupped, I guess. I understand that. So, for anyone interested in purchasing this book....PLEASE READ....
This is a sourcebook! In this publication, you will see many poses to duplicate. I think that you'll get many other ideas as well. Instead of going online to other photography related websites and downloading ideas - LIKE I DO ALL THE TIME - you can use this book for future shoot concepts. There isn't much direction as to why a model was posed like this or that, but I don't think that was the purpose of the book. Yes, there are other books from companies like Amherst that address the WHY's so if that is what you're looking for, then you might be better suited with another book. However, if you're looking for ideas, etc. then give this book a chance.....possibly consider it a coffee table book of ideas....it's actually better than the previous reviews.
Head and shoulders
¾ length reclining
¾ length seated
¾ length standing
Full length reclining
Full length seated
Full length standing
Each photograph gives credit to the photographer, but no other information.
There's also a short section on posing basics and a long section about the contributing photographers.
I didn't find it as useful as it could have been, as many of the poses were duplicated except for the model and the background, and I would have preferred if it were divided into casual, traditional, glamour, fashion and environmental sections. That way, if I'm shooting outdoors in a casual setting, I can go straight to that section and see all the illustrated poses for that type of photo shoot.
It would also have been helpful if some footnotes were used for each portrait, emphasizing a few significant elements of its composition and lighting. (eg - 3/4 view, natural lighting with fill flash, note the tilt of the head and curve of the wrist)
Some of the "poses" were nothing special, the beauty of the photograph being due to other elements such as the background architecture and props, and some photographs looked like amateur point and shoot quality.
The posing basics section was informative, and some of the portraits are inspiring, but as a "visual sourcebook" it's rather limited.
Amanda Richards, January 17, 2012
If you want to know how to set up lights and flash and what to say to models etc, then look elsewhere.
This is what it says on the tin, its a book with 500 poses !
Fantastic reference book for the professional...
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I own the whole series of these books, and use these for my clients to look through for suggestions on poses for photo shoot sessions. Great picture examples.Published 7 months ago by Hokie115