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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2012
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
on 7 February 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
A great book full of ideas that you can use and chnage to suit your sot.
Very useful as well on a shoot when your trying to get the shots you want by showing the model what you are after.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2013
This book is a really good read. I didn't know what I was going to get but not only does it give images of a variety of poses but a good deal of text and advice or what is good and what is not. It also gives some information on best lighting and what type of photography it goes with. It is full of inspiration and at a great price for it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2013
Every photographer and aspiring model should buy one of these books. I am not sure if there is a different version in the US but the UK one is excellent value. I often use with models and fashion designers as a starting point. Take a pose and amend it to make it your own. If you shoot people and buy only one book I would buy this one....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
Very useful book and just good to browze through. I haven't counted them but there very probably is at least 1000 poses. There are a lot of the same model in ever so slightly different variations of the same pose but it does show what a slight change can make to your pictures. Only really useful for posing people with perfect figures and long legs though I have adapted some for more average people. I also use it to easily explain to amateur models what I'm hoping to achieve when directing them. Glad I own it. Someone should do a book for fuller figured people which would be equally as useful.
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