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Mastering the Model Shoot is a front-to-back guide on how to set up a shoot, work with the model, light, pose and execute the images, post-process them and sell them. It's written for people who are photographic professionals, who aspire to be, or who are very, very serious amateurs.

As such there is much more about marketing, building up a portfolio, work flow, colour calibration and solving problems than in other books on the same subject. Commensurately, there is no information about how to buy your first camera, how to focus it and what to do when it stops working: it isn't that kind of book.

If you quite fancy shooting some nice pictures of models and getting to know your camera equipment better, then I recommend Photographing Models: 1,000 Poses. If you want to earn money from photography, be taken seriously in the profession and land some big gigs, then I recommend this one.
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on 29 December 2013
I own quite a few photography related books and buy regular magazines always looking for something a bit different. This book is something different it contains such a wealth and depth of detail it is a must for the serious amateur and budding professional. The images in the book I think are worth the price alone. There is so much good content from ideas, lighting advice, general advice on the full process. And again there is so much inspiration from the images.
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on 25 April 2014
Most photography books repeat the same old stuff.Frank Dorhof is great at showing you his own unique tips and wants you to develop your own style.He really knows the technical details,especially metering light for the best results and explains things in an easy to understand way.I would highly recommend this book of you want to go beyond the basics.Frank gives good free advice on his web pages too,it is obvious he's a real photography enthusiast.
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on 14 November 2014
Frank has a very distinctive style and the images in the book reflect that. The words however are aimed at encouraging the photographer to develop their own style and do not come across as instructions to only achieve a style similar. Good practical advice covers everything from the technical aspects of a shot to ideas on how great images can be created from simple objects with some imagination. At the moment I have set myself a project of photographing models and a length of brown paper that was in padding in a delivery box.

The reader is left with the impression that you have just had a chat with an experienced photographer that has given some excellent advice and tips that are intended as pointers on the road to creativity rather an end in themselves. Trying to recreate the shots described would be a good starting point but the impression the book gives is that it is a starting point, and a very good one at that, rather than the end of the creative journey.
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on 13 November 2013
If you buy one book on photography this year buy Frank's

This is so NOT the usual collection of pictures, lighting diagrams and kit lists which is the norm for this type of book.
Crammed full of great tips and insight in a clear, open and well written format. There is a wide range of subjects covered from different light sources, locations, studio, model casting and best practices.
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on 18 December 2013
Well laid out book, a very informative read, and good to refer to for both studio and outdoors. What it does show you is really ordinary backgrounds and locations with a little thought can produce some really excellent portrait photography, really pleased I purchased it, no frills, just facts
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on 6 June 2014
Very few books can hold a candle to what may, in time, be accurately called 'The Fashion & Portrait Photographer's Bible'.

Whilst yes this tome is aimed towards fashion, it has a wealth of information for any photographer who shoots Portraiture. Be it from Senior's Portraits to Corporate Portraits.

Ranging from where to source Models, a means to look at Locations differently, Props, Styling, lighting styles, right down to Post Production, Marketing & other business related topics.

This isn't just a book on how to light & shoot, this is a book covers so so much more.
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on 8 December 2013
This is a great book. Franks view of photography is great, a brilliant mix of being laid back, having great attention to detail and using whatever he can to get the shot.
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on 27 January 2014
A good comprehensive look at the photographic work flows
. Great insight into different types of model shots and camera techniques. A must read.
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on 13 December 2013
This must be one of the most comprehensive books on model photography around.
Covers all aspects of the subject from start to finish.
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