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500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers Paperback – March 1, 2009
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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
As for the models in this book: Some of them are pretty and attractive, whereas others are not. But that's OK because this book is about poses, and not models. Models of different races are represented in the photos.
A lot of the photos here are "glamour" photos. That's nice for certain types of photographers, but I was hoping there would be more photos of simple girls, or girl-next-door types wearing very little make-up, rather than the glamour-types. Maybe there should be a wider age-range of women models too.
Nevertheless, I do like this book. I learned from it. And I will definitely put it to good use.
I give it 4 stars.
Also, there are many pictures that appear to be nearly identical poses, to the point where I am not sure that I could decide what the author was intending to demonstrate with one image vice the other.
Because this is a visual source book, I expected it to have very little text. I did not expect that it would not have any text at all.
I will definitely not be buying another.
I have a number of Amherst books, and this one is probably the worst. It's almost like someone decided, "hey, what if we took a bunch of of images from all the books we have and created a new one?". My recommendation would be to skip this book and look for one that specializes in the particular style you want to shoot (Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios, if you are interested in model photography, is excellent)
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The bad: There is absolutely no explanation of the reasoning behind many of the poses - no information on how to hide double chins; shorten horsey faces or hide the fact that one leg is shorter than the other. It really is all just pictures... and many of the poses are very, very similar.
The ugly: Some of the Photoshop work is decidedly poor - unless of course it was deliberately overdone.
There is very little text but what there is is short and to the point, which is all it needs to be.
The main crux is there are pages and pages of photographs showing various poses for women from head shots all the way to full body poses.
Excellent book does exactly what it says on the tin!
I would not recommend this book.
Now, this book is just a reference - a resource to give you inspiration when you are taking portraits of female models. As well as inspiration for you, you can also show it to models or everyday people (especially those not used to posing), how you expect them to sit, place hands, and so on.
There is an introduction at the start by the book's author, a basic posing guide at the back along with short biographies for the various authors (the photos are by around 15 separate photographers and not by the book's author).
The bulk of the book is made up of pages with the 500 photos on - they are printed clearly and large enough to see what's what, with only image/plate number and author name as text, and have between 2 and 7 images per page.
This is not a "how to" book. It is for inspiration; to give the photographer new ideas for poses, etc., and as I said earlier, handy for showing your subject if they are a new model, or just the average person just in for a portrait session.
That said, it is useful for professionals and beginners alike - but if you are a beginner, you will need to find other resources for lighting techniques, and if you need more information behind the techniques used in the poses.
The only real thing that some may not like is that the overall style feels very American and "traditional". Not a bad thing in itself, and hardly unexpected as it is an American book, but it would have been nice if there were some other, perhaps more contemporary, styles included.
Auch gut, um dem Model ein Beispiel vorzuzeigen