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Wedding Photography - A Guide to Posing [Paperback]

David Pearce
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Book Description

7 May 2010
This in-depth guide to posing techniques has over 500 images illustrating the use of poses in the context of a wedding. There is a fascinating array of images from around the World, shot by amazing photographers such as Yervant, Chenin Boutwell, Dave & Quin and David Beckstead. In fact there are over 70 contributors including many that we have discovered for the first time from all corners of the World. Each of these images is accompanied by text describing the image or pose, and detailing exactly what makes it work. Read as a whole, the guide offers a wealth of knowledge on how to pose, see light and look for leading lines, reflections and shadows, whilst creating images with finesse and elegance. It also provides valuable advice on how to interact with your couples to get the best results, how to pose larger couples in a flattering manner, and how to cope when the bride and groom are of different heights.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oliver Cameron Publishing; 1st edition (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956546307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956546302
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your potential purchase of this book will no doubt influenced by your desire to gain more knowledge and improve your photography posing skills at weddings. Like a great number of wedding photographers you probably run out of ideas, causing "blanks", and seem to create the same poses week in and week out. It may be that you have a good repertoire of poses but need to give your work the finesse and elegance you feel it is currently missing. This book's aim is to help you and provide you with inspiration to take you to the next level and beyond.

By sheer virtue of buying this book you will make a huge investment in your career and your ongoing improvement, at very small financial cost. This alone puts you ahead of most wedding photographers who are content to be static and work with the monotony of sameness every week. Some are even too arrogant to think they need a guide like this (I have met many in the making of this book). It is our responsibility to ensure the coverage we provide our wedding couples is to the best of our abilities. Like sportsmen we need to spend time training as frequently as time allows, to improve our skills. It is prudent to hire a model every few months to do this (you can get amateurs for free very easily, or ask friends) . It would be ideal to get together a group of other photographers, enabling you to help each other. This alone will bring far greater rewards than the latest piece of equipment. If you are an amateur and covering a friend's wedding then explain to the bride and groom the importance of practice sessions - not only will they be more comfortable but you will be able to review your images and make necessary adjustments.

We have purposefully designed this book to be pocket-size, enabling you to take it with you to weddings. It can act as a prompt or allow you to quickly reference a certain point. It should not live in your camera bag though - it should be picked up and read as often as you can. You should certainly look through it the morning before each wedding to refresh your memory. The repetition will help you take in the knowledge contained within and eventually to use it instinctively. By remembering a certain point or pose you will be able to reference it when the time arises and you find yourself in a similar situation.

The book is inspirational and the images stunning, with beautiful people and locations. But it is balanced. We have taken care to include normal people in normal locations as this is what is normal for most photographers. You need to know how to get the best out of basic surroundings and make people who may not be comfortable being photographed feel at ease. Not only do we cover these issues but also some advanced topics such as motion posing, adding finesse and elegance, fashion posing and, of course, off-camera lighting, which can transform your work. By learning these you can only improve, especially if you are not naturally artistic.

You will find contradictions within the text and images, as the book has been written by multiple authors. Photography is an art form and therefore subjective, so this is intentional. I want you to think about the different approaches and make up your own mind. This will help you to develop your individual style which is what every photographer should strive for. I personally dislike seeing the groom holding his bride with one arm whilst the other dangles by his side: why would he not want to hold his bride with both arms? For some though this is fine and indeed on occasion planned.

It is also worth noting that weddings are real live events and that we are just one cog in the wheel. Brides can run late and the food arrive early. We have to cope with these variables and not let them fluster us. Even with a good amount of time you will still have some pressure to contend with to get great images. Unlike other photographers we have a very short space of time to capture images that will be remembered and loved forever. It is easy to make mistakes and most photographers will do so at every wedding. How many times have you reviewed your images the next day and wished you had only moved the bride's hand or turned the groom slightly? Although we are seeking perfection it is very doubtful we will find it.

What we need to do is focus on improving at each wedding. Quite often this simply means slowing down and thinking in terms of quality and not quantity. You may find it helpful to pre-visualise the specific poses you wish to do at a wedding that will be complimentary to the bride and groom. These should always be in addition to the basic and safe poses. I strongly recommend that you focus initially on mastering the basic poses before progressing to the fine art portraiture.

This book will help you realize any errors you have made and help you to correct them at your next wedding. This will enable you to progress your abilities as a photographer and retain your passion for what you are doing. Your confidence will greatly increase and you will become more and more proud of your work. The only detriment is that the more you learn the more you realize how much more there is to learn.

From the Author

Posing people at a wedding is not a "photograph by numbers" formulaic scenario. Each couple is different physically and emotionally - it is the photographers job to match the pose to the couple for the most outstanding results. It is only then that their true personalities shine through, as the photographer slows down to think about the image they are creating and how best to achieve it.

This book is therefore not in the "cookie cutter" format. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed to create your own images based on the information you have learnt. I want you to think and see images, not just copy them. I would love you to train yourself to develop images in your mind's eye and then be able to translate them into beautiful photographs. This is not easy - it will need work, perseverance and tenacity on your part. Perhaps most importantly it will require you to practise.

This book has been designed to be read in its entirety. Throughout the 256 pages you will find facts, opinions and musings to help you. If you do not read the whole book you may well miss the most relevant and pertinent point to you. Its size allows you to fit it easily into your camera bag for reference.

The book has been priced intentionally low so you can deface it without being concerned about ruining an expensive volume. We encourage you to highlight with a highlighter pen all the facts and points that are of use to you. This will act as a fantastic aid if you quickly dip into the book (which we suggest you do) on the morning of a wedding.

Look carefully at the images and work out why they work and what makes them so good. It is only by learning this yourself that you will really see the full benefits. We have given you hundreds of tips and the key is for you to start looking for and noticing them. Try to visualise how you can transform the shot you are about to take by finessing it. What happens if you change the position of the body, hands, legs, head, or the expression or eye direction?

It is a huge responsibility to photograph someone's wedding and you are doing exactly the right thing to Invest in Knowledge to increase your natural abilities.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy, helpful and chocked full of examples 27 May 2010
A wonderful book, small and stuffed full of great insights into making your wedding shots stand out from the mediocre.

It covers basic posing right through to understanding light, how to help organise your post photography work (or workflow for you types that like a buzz word) and even covers some of the tricky areas many photographers like me face; what to do with the bride's hands.

It's not all about technique however, there are tips on helping your wedding couple relax and even a few about how to talk to your couple so you both get what you want out of the session.

If I have one gripe about the book it is that the text is quite small to read - but then the book only measures 17cm by 12 cm so getting all that juicy help into its diminutive pages, I guess something has to give!

I'll be packing this into my kit bag for the weddings I shoot this summer (and into the years that come if the tips all work) and it is giving me plenty to think about in the mean time.

Highly recommended for old hands and newbies alike.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very handy book 18 May 2010
For anyone new to wedding photography (like me!), this book gives lots of ideas on posing. It takes a range of factors into consideration such as the lighting, the foreground/background, the relative sizes of the bride and groom, the type of clothing etc.
It's not specifically aimed at inexperienced photographers, so there are literally hundreds of ideas for the seasoned pro as well. I expect to get several years service out of this book. The range and quality of photography are impressive, with many well known wedding photographers included.
The book is relatively small in size so that it can easily fit into a kit bag. I don't know of any other publishers who have thought of this and I think it's a brilliant idea!
I pre-ordered this book at Focus on Imaging 2010 and was not disappointed. There is another book in the series on wedding photojournalism which is due out in July - I'm looking forward to that too.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 31 May 2010
This little book has turned into my best acquisitions of the year! It is just inspiring, it just puts your nerves under control on the way to a wedding and is just great to carry around in your camera bag.

Great photographs by great photographers, good comments, it really covers what is most important for a professional photographer: light, people, posing, mood, character; the true elements of a good photo. It is not a technical book (thanks God! we have enough of that already) but really an in-depth personal and honest approach to what make photographers thrive... people!

I can't recommended enough, if you are a pro like me, you will love it; if you are an amateur you will have in your hands one the the best and most useful piece of literature you can find. I would love to see it in the Ipad!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too small. 22 Mar 2012
By RayC
This is a good book but is spoilt by its physical size with many of the sample photos only small matchbox sized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase! 19 Jan 2012
By Craig
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Am very impressed with this book. Being a new Wedding Photographer the information is very informative and the pictures are beautiful.

The size of the book is perfect to be kept in my kit bag to refer to at any time.

I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to seeing the results after my second wedding shoot in March!
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4.0 out of 5 stars guide to posing 21 Dec 2011
By Christy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very useful, easy to read and understand, great reading materail, soft backed so easy to carry it around, would recommend this product to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars 13 Nov 2011
slightly small in size for a photo book. it does have useful information if you want to learn about directing during a wedding shoot.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This little book punches more than it's weight! I am still re-reading the captions to the photos across the semi-glossy pages. It's definitely a book to inspire rather than to instruct so it suits a photographer who kows his f-stops from his lighting ratios. One of the best books on the market for the price of a pizza and a beer. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth to buy
It's a pocket size book. But amount of information in it is concentrated thus making this book really useful. No nonsense "blah blah inspirational" readings. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with a suprise............ measures 12cm x 17cm (6 3/4"x 4 3/4"), so adding 'A Pocket Guide' to the title might be an idea!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sean O
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny encyclopedia of posing...
This book is physically tiny, so it can easily be part of your camera bags contents. And should be. Hundreds of different poses and lighting ideas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K3ntFIN
4.0 out of 5 stars a very handy size and info book
like this book very good ,basic photos are all there . if your after f stop setting iso etc then they are not there.
Published 17 months ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book
I have not been able to leave it alone. i am an experienced wedding photographer and thought i had the way i work down to a T. Read more
Published 19 months ago by kozmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
Everything as expected, will buy again.. I give five stars for going beyond expectations and problem solving, here no problem.
Published 20 months ago by NIKD3
4.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Photography - A Guide to Posing
Great little book I have learnt so much I would recommend it
Came very quick and packaging was very good.
Published 20 months ago by Colxdark
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I found this book very disappointing. It just fails to delivery and the book is full of contradictions. 1. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Howard Barnett Wedding Photographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful Pocket guide.
As the title implies, this book aims to give insights on posing.

However, the book goes beyond this into proper use of equipment. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michalis Taliadoros
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
If you are intent on taking wedding photographs, then this is the book you need. Even if you have lots of experience in the field, this book will inspire you to better photos. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Williamson
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