- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321862708
- ISBN-13: 978-0321862709
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Boudoir Photography: How to Create Stunning Photographs of Women 1st Edition
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About the Author
Christa Meola has enjoyed life behind the camera since she was six years old. Her childhood passion has developed into a career. She opened a photography studio in Los Angeles, began teaching fellow professional photographers, and traveled internationally for commissioned portraits. While her sensibility has matured to reflect the soul of a woman, her child-like sense of adventure and exuberant spirit remains. A born and raised Jersey girl, Christa currently lives and works in New York City. She offers online workshops during the year as well as private photo shoots and Boudoir Parties. You can find out more about Christa and these great opportunities on her blog at ChristaMeola.com.
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Going beyond boudoir photo shoots, Meola writes about posing women in general. This involves where to put their hands, how to hold their bodies, positioning their arms, and tracking their eyes. What are the best angles for posing? This book covers them in an accessible yet scholarly fashion.
Learn how to flatter every female shape and size. Help women to understand and achieve their own beauty and sensuality, by creating artistic images that are always empowering, and never explicit. Women will enjoy their femininity while simultaneously breaking out of their own personal comfort zones. Help them to be the change they wish to be in their own worlds. Create a relationship with your clients.
Tips and techniques abound for photographers. Watch for the simple yet straightforward lighting diagrams and the detailed lists of equipment, including lenses. Learn about modifiers and exposures, and all sorts of gear. The back index is thoughtfully loaded with hyperlinked information (in the Kindle version) to direct you to where you can find whatever you need inside the book.
The book covers it all, and it covers it with style, grace, humor, and a care for the art that is truly inspirational. The pictures are beautiful and each one has at least one lesson to teach - from posing, to lenses and lighting, to the importance of communicating a concept with the model and taking the model's needs and desires into the project. It's a book that teaches as much about the technicalities of photography as it does about the humanity.
It is truly a book about art and craft. The book treats the subject of the human body with the humaneness, respect, and seriousness it deserves while keeping the writing humorous and approachable. Every client is a person, and each person has different needs and goals, and Christa makes that abundantly clear in the way she works with client. She repeatedly makes sure that the project is the focus of each shoot, but never crosses the line into being preachy about how a photographer should be. She gives ample room for each person reading her book to develop their own style.
There are few books that have given me as much guidance and inspiration. I would recommend Stunning Digital Photography by Tony and Chelsea Northrup as a companion book to this. Between the two, every bit of photography is covered in great detail.
This is a book is sold and marketed as being about photographing nude or semi-nude women, but every bit of material is applicable to any photography project. Every time I open the book up, I discover a little tip I missed before. The book is packed with tons of information and will be a learning tool for years and years. But, in essence, this book is really about connecting with people, finding a common artistic goal, and using light to make art.
(Edit: One of the best parts of this book is that Christa puts her camera settings beneath every picture in the book: aperture, F/stop, shutter speed, and focal length. I haven't found another photography book that does this. It may be the most helpful thing in any photography book, and I wish more photographers would do this. It's so important.)
First, this book is not a guide on the running of such a business or any of the legal stuff.
The book starts off by explaining how to build a relationship with your client. It teaches some essential skills to communicate with your client and has some great (very important) pointers for male photographers in building a relaxing environment for the client.
As basic and common sense as some of it is, most of us photographers forget these tips and this book is designed to start you off on the right foot with the client.
The book has great tips on how to make the client relaxed and what to do to shake off the nervousness.
The next sections cover poses and how to create positive points of interest and how to hide areas of concern on the body. The tips here are very useful and are worth writing down.
The following sections cover lighting and equipment. The focus of the book is not equipment but rather connecting with your client. Without a connection you have nothing.
I think it is important to already have a good understanding of lighting and equipment before reading this book. It is really not a technical guide on the toys but rather a guide to what is important.
I would highly recommend this book even to a portrait photographer because the people skills it teaches are essential.
One thing that I did make note of is that most of the females in the sample photos, are of a smaller size.
Yes a few shots are of some females of a bigger size but the majority of the book is medium to skinny women. The books does give pointers to help shoot heavier females but don't expect any lightbulb or magic moments of clarity to solve these types of issues. You will still struggle in some situations depending on the subjects stature.
The book also covers a shoot from start to finish and has a small section on editing and retouching.
This book is a great investment and the information is vital to anyone that wants to explore this area of photography.
Buy the book and you will not be sorry.