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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
Pocket size book which is packed with illustrations. Don't expect to find advice on lighting and equipment. This book is more about posing your model to gain the best effect and the photographs show this very well, more of "here we have a model in a standard pose but if you turn her slightly here and move this elbow forward it slims her and gets rid of ripples of fat" Very useful to bring the best out of your model. What is also good is that the models used are normal size and shaped women not stick like glamour models. Very useful little book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2011
This is an amazing little book. It gives brilliant tips and and ideas of things to look out for when posing models as well as plenty of images to use as ideas. It doesn't just stick to the skinny models either, but uses a range of normal and larger size models. The book does not give camera settings on the images, but if you are buying this book you should be able to work them out for yourself, if not its an excellent learning curve to try and recreate the images. I cannot recommed this enough if you are looking to branch into this area of photography.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2011
I was seriously underwhelmed by this book. There is little evidence of the 'Excellence' of the title and it's only when you get in to it that you realise the authors speciality is shooting plus size girls. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it's NOT what it says on the cover. In fact if you look at the cover image carefully you'll see it's been cropped - to make a larger girl appear somewhat slimmer than she is inside. Now I'm a pretty average photographer but if these were my pictures they would not see the light of day in print.

Other gripes, when it comes to posing all the cliche's are there including the heel caught in knickers shot. Photographically some of the images demonstrate blown highlights, others are flat, some just badly constructed and many are just not boudoir.

Best bits: the last few pages where the author has added some images by other boudoir photographers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a small format A5 book with photographs from 18 boudoir photo sessions by Tammy Warnock, together with a brief gallery of pictures by other photographers. The pictures are generally very good, some of the work in the gallery is outstanding.

The guidance in the book deals almost exclusively with posing, and even then it concentrates mostly on larger women. The blurb on the back cover of the book says that there is advice on advanced lighting techniques, but there is barely a paragraph of basic outline stuff in the book itself, together with some very sketchy information on a few of the sessions. There is very little on equipment - the back cover says you need a DSLR and a 50mm f/1.8 lens (whereas the single paragraph of inside text on the matter recommends a portrait lens, 70mm or longer) - and that's about it. There is no mention of shutter speeds, apertures or ISO whatsoever. Photoshop is referenced in passing, but it's taken as read that you know what "a tiny bit of liquify" means, for example.

So, the book is really a guide to posing together with a some good ideas. I have certainly bought less informative photography books, but I can't help feeling Tammy has missed a trick here.

On balance, it is worth the very modest cost, but is incomplete as a Guide to Excellence. I give it 3 stars because half marks is about fair.
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on 1 May 2014
Ok, lets not be over critical. Then again!
This should be called "Boudoir for the Larger Lady, size 22+". Please don't get me wrong, there is a place for such a subject but it should be stated as such on the description. Even the "slimmer" models would not be considered for editorial work. One shot is outstandingly bad, with regards "Reducing" the observable size of the model. Where as the model is posed in a swimming pool with the result that the water accentuates her size even more, and distorts her shape most unflatteringly? What were they thinking? Then some of the images are just plain wrong, unless you have a fetish for Plus size women in provocative poses. This book could be called "Look what burgers do to your body". Do not judge this book by its cover! You will be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2011
This is undoubtedly the worse photographic book I have ever bought! Just having it on my bookshelf makes me feel kinda tacky - don't know why I don't bin it - maybe some secret hope that I will find merit in it someday - if it wasn't so cheap I would have returned it.

Anyway... the skill level of the photographer I would assess at the lower end of intermediate - not someone to use as a mentor.

The artistic merit of the photography is not good - mostly it verges towards vulgar and insensitive. The text is banal.

The one merit of the book is that it sets out to show glamorous photography of "ordinary" women - not model stereotypes and to encourage photographers to work with them - which I applaud whole-heartedly. But in the exececution of this very praiseworthy objective it fails miserably - and kinda betrays the women it seeks to serve.

It is such a shame that the models were not provided with a better level of skill, artistry and understanding.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
This is a very helpful little book. It is richly illustrated with pictures which show, as well as describe how to pose people for boudoir style shots. It shares lots of invaluable tricks and tips and is easy to dip in and out of. Very easy to use and highly recommended.
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on 27 February 2012
What a great little book for the novice photgrapher,not only does the author give some great advice about starting out but also as the book progresses gives hints and tips about posing and lighting.The photos of the models are first rate,ranging right across the spectrum of women`s sizes so you`ll have a guide for every shape - my particular favourite was the shots of the girl in "pin-up" poses.
Highly recommended for everyone,from the novice to the professional - there`s something here for everyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2010
If like me you are new to this field of photography, the hardest thing is not the lighting, its the posing. I find myself going blank trying to think of different poses. Until this comes naturally this is a great little handbook.
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on 15 March 2011
Brilliant little book. I was quite surprised to see the size of this book when it arrived in the post, but don't let that put you off. It is based upon normal sized people but can be adapted to any portrait photography with plenty of pictures to show you the right and wrongs of boudoir photography with easy to read text, plus it fits easily into your pocket and can be carried anywhere, even if it's for a quick reference
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