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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408170914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408170915
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An American living in the UK, Eliot Siegel has been a professional fashion and portrait photographer for over 25 years. He has worked for a multitude of fashion magazines in New York, Milan, Paris and London, and has shot for Bloomingdales, Macy's NY, Reebok, Nokia, Motorola, Debenhams, Selfridges, and many others. Eliot has had eight solo exhibitions of his fine art projects in galleries. He lectures and gives workshops on fashion, portrait and fine art photography at various colleges, and used to be Associate Lecturer in Photography at Plymouth University, UK.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dai on 15 Oct. 2012
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This was an Impulse buy for me, but one I am very happy with. It goes way beyond the usual "1000 poses" type of book, and actually explains some of the thought process, ideas and impressions that certain poses give. As if that wasn't enough it is full of great high quality professional images covering the whole spectrum of posing situations.

and for £15 you can not fail to gain inspiration. This may not suit the professional, but for an enthusiastic studio photographer it is a great purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RJ_Photo on 9 May 2013
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I think the problem with this book, and books like it, is it is at fault by it's very nature of trying to do and show so much. I think 30% of the poses are perhaps redundant - if that had been removed but the book left the same size, so more detail put in, it would have been better. The author, Eliot, you start off really liking, but by the end you realise he isn't as good as some of the contributors, and his work is a little flat - which is a shame as there's a lot of his work in here. He says his shoots are for jobs, but they look like they've been done for this book, and been done a little on the cheap. Yes they show the poses well, but the lighting is a little uninspiring, which goes against some of the poses - they might work better had the lighting been better. All that said, if you need some inspiration for a model shoot, chances are the pose you need will be here or will help you find it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on 17 Nov. 2013
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I have wondered about ordering this book for months as I was unable to find any advertiser who allowed you to 'Have a Look Inside'. Then I found it was out of print, and going into print for a second time. I reasoned it must be good, And it is.
There are many styles of posing addressed, and some have small diagrams of the lighting used. In other cases whole pages show how important even small changes in the basic pose can make a tremendous difference in the final outcome. It is a book to show to aspiring models or family, when discussing possible poses. A book I am thoroughly pleased I ordered, and my only regret - not to have ordered in earlier !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2014
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Photographing Models offers technical insight into 1,000 poses for young female models with good general background on camera angle and lighting. It has nothing for photographing male models or older female models.

Subtitled 'the complete resource for any photographer seeking the best choice of poses', this is really a book of highly professional advice for non-professionals, and is geared for people who want to arrange model shoots with non-professional models when neither the photographer nor the model does this for a living, and where the aim is to create a shot of 'a model looking like a model', which generally means fashion or magazine cover modelling.

It has some value as a source book of poses for the professional, but the complete lack of attention to male models and older models means that it is not complete enough to be useful as a handbook. This is underlined by the section on processing, which is confined to Lightroom and does not acknowledge Capture One Pro or even Photoshop, although the screen shots in the next section are Photoshop.

All that said, it is very good at what it does, introducing the beginner to lighting and camera angles quite succinctly, giving some basic tips on post-processing, and then providing a series of well-explained, beautifully shot pictures of beautiful girls looking beautiful, with an emphasis on how the posing is accomplished.

Although catalogue work is an important staple for the working photographer, this book really only covers a corner of the work that someone shooting models professionally is interested in. Unless you are selling fashion products, very few of these poses will work in the bread and butter world of local and regional advertising. If you are already shooting national and international campaigns, this book is unlikely to tell you anything you don't already know.

Great, but only 1/4 of what it might be.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barker on 18 Dec. 2012
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I don't know what I was expecting from this book when I purchased it, maybe a few ideas of how to pose and direct models? It is so much more, firstly the quality, it is a solid decent sized hardback with over 300 pages, with as claimed a 1,000 poses. The photography is excellent, the writing simple to follow with reasons for and why certain poses work and with which clothing (e.g. great with jeans, model can use pockets to help position hands). The first chapter covers Technical knowhow and covers such things as camera angles, lighting, hair & make up and Digital correction and processing in lightroom etc. The remaining chapters cover various poses and gives examples of professional photographers examples such as Adam Goodwin & Elliot Siegel. A worthy addition to anyone interested in fashion, photography or human portraiture, at a great price too, I know mine will see me inspired for a few years and a book i will come back to time and time again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Gill on 7 Feb. 2013
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One of the better books i've purchased to join my collection. It's a quality hardback manual, loaded with good advise & pictures of poses to inspire you. I't's jam packed with very easy reading text to explain the why's & do's of posing etc, with occasional tips on camera settings & so on. It's a book you can pick up from any page & it'll help you to get that perfect shot with ease. It's improved my studio work ten fold so i'd recommend this book to even a pro, because even so called pro's get things wrong.
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