Picture Perfect Posing

Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0321966465
Category: Photography
Page: 312
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Photographer, author, and educator Roberto Valenzuela has a proven track record for teaching and explaining difficult concepts to photographers of all skill levels. His remarkable ability to break down complicated ideas into understandable, approachable elements that photographers can truly grasp–and then use their newfound knowledge to improve their photography–made his first book, Picture Perfect Practice, a breakout success. In Picture Perfect Posing, Roberto takes on the art of posing. For many photographers, after learning to compose an image and even light it properly, a portrait can still easily be a failure if the pose is not natural, elegant, and serving the needs of both the subject and the photographer. Instead of just showing page after page of poses–like most posing books on the market–Roberto actually breaks down the concept of posing by examining the anatomy, starting with the core foundation: the spinal chord and neck. Building from there, Roberto discusses every component of what makes poses work, as well as fail. How should the model hold her hands? Bend her elbows? Position her fingers? Should the model look toward or away from the camera, and why? It all depends on what the photographer wants for the shot, and Roberto discusses the entire process, from the intent of the photographer through the execution of the pose. For those who have been discouraged by an inability to pose their subjects, or who have simply not known where to start in order to "figure it out," Picture Perfect Posing is the essential resource they need to learn how posing truly works, and how they can learn to direct the exact pose they need for the shot they want.

The Art of Posing

Techniques for Digital Portrait Photographers
Author: Lou Jacobs
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 158428580X
Category: Photography
Page: 127
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From facial expression and body angles to camera optics and ideal lighting, this invaluable photography reference discusses all the facets of posing. Featuring 10 acclaimed photographers and their exceptional images, this detailed guidebook illustrates how each artist approaches the practice of posing and offers his/her advice on how to achieve more successful and visually appealing portraits. Business-related concerns are also addressed, ensuring that the professional photographer remains relevant and marketable in terms of composition and style.

Picture Perfect Practice

A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 013285290X
Category: Photography
Page: 312
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Foreword by Skip Cohen Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation. Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer. If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Picture Perfect Lighting

An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
ISBN: 1681981068
Category: Photography
Page: 360
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The Photographer's Guide to Posing

Techniques to Flatter Everyone
Author: Lindsay Adler
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
ISBN: 1681981963
Category: Photography
Page: 448
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When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right—if the pose is off—the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve your ability to pose your subjects—whether they’re men, women, couples, or groups—best-selling author and photographer Lindsay Adler’s The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is the perfect resource for you. In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers things that ruin a pose—such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face—with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead—as well as posing hands. In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). Lindsay also teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work.

Dynamic Posing Guide

Modern Techniques for Digital Photographers
Author: Craig Stidham,Jeanne Harris
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118739949
Category: Photography
Page: 224
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Tips, techniques, and inspiration for creating perfect poses Effectively posing the human body is a challenge for nearly every photographer, from amateur to professional. Understanding how a model's pose, body language, and posture affect a photograph is crucial to success. Author and professional fashion photographer Craig Stidham shows you how to guide a subject's personality through body language, with hundreds of examples and suggestions. Answers critical questions such as: how can a photographer avoid having the subject look awkward? How does one direct both experienced and inexperienced models? Shares helpful posing tips and techniques for posing models in new modern and fashion-forward ways Suggests ways to make strategic edits in post-production to fix common posing mistakes Offers hundreds of examples of strong and stunning posing Dynamic Posing Guide teaches you the skills you need to identify strong modern posing techniques as you strengthen your photographic skills.

Master Posing Guide for Portrait Photographers

A Complete Guide to Posing Singles, Couples and Groups
Author: J D Wacker
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1608951979
Category: Photography
Page: 128
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Photographers are guided through every aspect of posing—beginning with the consultation and continuing with specific tips for posing children, high school seniors, wedding parties, families, events, teams, groups, and pets—in this comprehensive manual. Maintaining that good posing is 80 percent mental and only 20 percent technical, this guide stresses the importance of communication between photographer and subject to creating a portrait that not only captures the subject’s personality but also makes the subject comfortable, fostering repeat business.

Wedding Storyteller

Elevating the Approach to Photographing Wedding Stories
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781681981864
Category: Photography
Page: 288
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Photographer and bestselling author Roberto Valenzuela has achieved enormous success with his Picture Perfect series: Picture Perfect Practice, Picture Perfect Posing, and Picture Perfect Lighting. In those books, Roberto demonstrated his immense and unique talent for developing clear and concise systems that help photographers break through barriers to become better practitioners of their craft. In Wedding Storyteller: Elevating the Approach to Photographing Wedding Stories, Roberto turns his attention to helping photographers improve their work when shooting weddings. A wedding photographer himself, Roberto has built his wedding business from the ground up based on high-quality imagery that tells a compelling and beautiful story for his clients most important day. In Wedding Storyteller, Roberto discusses his journey and shares his system for creating images that both stand alone and also work with other images to become a sum greater than their parts. In the end, Wedding Storyteller gives you all the tools you need to be able to photograph amazing images and craft masterful stories filled with beauty and meaning for your clients."

Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers


Author: Bill Hurter
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1584284218
Category: Photography
Page: 124
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Outlining a theory that combines the refinement of traditional posing techniques with the more organic, spontaneous techniques of photojournalism, this creative and informative resource offers poses that rely on personality and interaction. These instructions from a veteran wedding photographer provide the skills needed to recognize what makes a great pose and how to subtly direct your clients to achieve the needed balance between looking great and looking comfortable. Ultimately, this grouping of modern and traditional shots offers answers to the complications faced when attempting to pose wedding parties quickly while keeping the natural look that all wedding couples desire.

Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios


Author: Billy Pegram
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1584283521
Category: Photography
Page: 126
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With detailed discussions and eye-catching, dynamic images, this guidebook shows professional photographers how to masterfully create beautiful images of a model to achieve any creative objective. Instructions illustrate basic poses as well as a host of subtle variations to provide photographers with an endless array of looks for editorial fashion shots, athletics, glamour or nude photography, and shots designed to show curves, reveal personality, or showcase the hands, hair, or legs. This comprehensive resource also provides expert advice on conducting a successful session, how to work with the model, how to work with a support staff of image stylists, and tips for designing a high-quality portfolio. Additional lessons provide a start-to-finish analysis of four different shooting sessions, each with a different model and a different objective.

500 Poses for Photographing Women

A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers
Author: Michelle Perkins
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1584284579
Category: Photography
Page: 126
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Next to lighting, posing is the most challenging aspect of photography—with so many body parts to capture, the possibilities are endless, and it’s all too easy to make a wrong turn. This illustrated reference provides both amateur shutterbugs and seasoned pros with the perfect place to turn when in need of quick posing strategies and fresh ideas. Containing 500 contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph—one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, torso, or feet—in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.

Wedding Storyteller, Volume 1

Elevating the Approach to Photographing Wedding Stories
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
ISBN: 1681981882
Category: Photography
Page: N.A
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In Wedding Storyteller, Volume 1: Elevating the Approach to Photographing Wedding Stories, photographer and educator Roberto Valenzuela delivers what so many of his readers have been asking for: a book specifically dedicated to helping photographers improve their wedding photography. A wedding photographer himself, Roberto built his business from the ground up based on high-quality imagery that tells a compelling and beautiful story for his clients’ most important day. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 13.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 11.0px} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Avenir Next'; color: #424242; min-height: 16.0px} span.s1 {font: 10.0px 'Arial Unicode MS'} span.s2 {font: 10.0px Symbol} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} This is not a standard wedding photography book. In Wedding Storyteller, you will not find a collection of “looks,” which neither inspire nor teach you anything. You will also not find a wedding shot list—at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, Wedding Storyteller goes beyond the superficial and dives deeply into the truly important topics, themes, and subject matter you need to learn about in order to drastically elevate your wedding photography. Most importantly, Roberto stresses the crucial role that storytelling plays in creating compelling, meaningful, and unique photographs for your clients. Roberto has already achieved enormous success with his Picture Perfect book series: Picture Perfect Practice, Picture Perfect Posing, and Picture Perfect Lighting. In those books, Roberto demonstrated his immense and unique talent for developing clear and concise systems that help photographers break through barriers to become better practitioners of their craft. As in those previous books, here Roberto has created a unique approach that anyone can learn to implement. Roberto’s “wedding storyteller” system is divided into four sections: • Foundation Components: Location Techniques. In this section, learn how to conquer the locations you encounter as a wedding photographer. Roberto teaches you how to work with light, context, clutter, walls, depth, and other compositional elements such as frames and reflections. • Foundation Components: People Techniques. Weddings are often high-energy, high-stress environments; your attitude and behavior have a huge impact on your ability to succeed as a photographer. Roberto discusses the crucial “people skills” you need to know and also teaches his unique approach to “situational posing” and group posing. • Storyteller Approach Components. Here, Roberto addresses how he categorizes his photography on the wedding day, explaining exactly what his thought process is behind the five approaches he uses to build a “wedding story” for his clients. These five approaches are: Photojournalism, Interactive Photojournalism, Stylized Aware Posing, Stylized Unaware Posing, and Story Development. • Expert Components. The final section builds and expands on everything covered in the previous components, as Roberto addresses such topics as Emotionally Valuable People (EVP), lens choices, helper light, posing patterns (and when to break them), capturing “peak action,” achieving a unique perspective, and creating multi-layered stories within a single photograph. At a wedding, each and every photograph has a unique opportunity to convey a special moment and to contribute to the rich, visual story of your clients’ most important day. As the photographer, you are both the director and the documentarian of that story. With Wedding Storyteller by your side, you finally have a book that teaches you the skills you need to learn in order to create amazing images and craft masterful stories filled with beauty, emotion, and meaning.

Wedding Storyteller, Volume 2

Wedding Case Studies, Workflow, and Editing
Author: Roberto Valenzuela
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781681983547
Category: Photography
Page: 288
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In Wedding Storyteller, Volume 2: Wedding Case Studies, Workflow, and Editing, photographer and bestselling author Roberto Valenzuela uses wedding case studies extensively to cover in detail the entire wedding storyteller skill components program that he introduced in Wedding Storyteller, Volume 1. Roberto covers the entire wedding timeline, from the very beginning of the day when the couple is getting ready until the very last part of the reception. Roberto goes into deep technical detail regarding how to apply the wedding storyteller skill components program to help you photograph all aspects of an entire wedding. The book also covers how to achieve a successful workflow and how to edit for speed and efficiency.

Photographing Men

Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography
Author: Jeff Rojas
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN: 0134433246
Category: Photography
Page: 256
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More and more men are seeking out great portrait, commercial, or fashion photography. For working photographers, photographing men may be one of today's greatest new opportunities. But, while there are dozens of books, guides, and workshops on photographing women, there's been practically nothing comparable for men… until now! Jeff Rojas's Photographing Men is today's definitive full-color guide to every aspect of modern male photography. Rojas builds on his unique in-person course, which has made him Google's #1 go-to search result for knowledge on photographing males. Rojas covers posing, styling, posing, lighting, post-production, and more, showing how to achieve outstanding results and maximum creative expression. You'll discover how to: Make male clients look natural, masculine, and confident Skillfully document your male clients' best attributes, physical and emotional Define every man's face shapes, body shapes, and other features Compensate for flaws and perceived flaws, including acne, baldness, double chins, gray hair, wrinkles, and large features Overcome the challenges of styling male subjects, including big, skinny, and short men Understand how a suit should really fit your subject - and what to do if suits are out of the question Properly light all shapes and sizes of men for portraits, fashion, and commercial images (with complete lighting diagrams, behind-the-scenes images, and gear lists) Get detailed examples and tips for portraits, 3/4 poses, and full-length poses Photograph entrepreneurs, managers, prosperous men, innovators, "classic" and "handsome" men, athletes, muscle men, underwear models, and even movie stars Complement every man's features in post-production techniques And much more

Flow Posing

Fast and Furious Posing Techniques for Wedding Photographers
Author: N.A
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1682031462
Category: Photography
Page: 128
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Creating flattering poses for portrait and wedding clients is key to success as a professional photographer, but it can be difficult to quickly move through a series of poses that results in flattering images and a wide variety of portrait looks. In this book, posing guru Doug Gordon (of Long Island, NY) distills his popular flow posing techniques to show readers how to establish a basic standing portrait pose that is perfectly suited to traditional/classic portrait looks, then fluidly progress through a series of minor posing adjustments, framing changes, and camera angles to build a cache of over fifty client-pleasing poses suitable for a wide range of clients and locations. Readers will learn how to slim clients, lengthen the body, elegantly pose hands, mask perceived imperfections, and make every client look and feel their best in front of the camera to deliver profit-building portraits in minimal time.

The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography

100 Modern Ideas for Photographing Engagements, Brides, Wedding Couples, and Wedding Parties
Author: Lena Hyde
Publisher: Amphoto Books
ISBN: 0385344791
Category: Photography
Page: 224
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Refresh your toolbox with modern poses your clients will love Whether you’re shooting your first wedding or are a seasoned professional, the formal portrait session can be one of the toughest parts of photographing a wedding. Faced with tight timelines, unpredictable lighting, and clients eager for stylish, flattering portraits, it’s critical to come prepared with a toolbox of fresh, modern poses. Happily, Design Aglow’s 100 ideas for posing engaged couples, brides, brides and grooms, and bridal parties will help you approach each session brimming with confidence and creative ideas. Design Aglow’s style-savvy approach has resonated with photographers (and their clients) everywhere. This curated collection reflects their modern sensibility, with poses from industry superstars such as KT Merry, bobbi+mike, Elizabeth Messina, Jessica Lorren, Milou + Olin, Paul Johnson, Lisa Lefkowitz, Anna Kuperberg, and more. You’ll also get tips on directing your subjects, easy follow-up shots for each setup, and behind-the-scenes lighting information. Both eye candy and practical reference tool, The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography will inspire novices and experts alike to “wake up” their style and take beautiful portraits today’s brides and grooms will love.

Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers


Author: Douglas Allen Box
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1608950387
Category: Photography
Page: 126
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Often overshadowed by complicated lighting techniques or advanced postproduction tips, this resource seeks to remind the professional photographer of the fundamental importance of a subject's pose. Conveniently designed in two-page spreads—a striking portrait on one side, a comprehensive how-to of the strategies used on the other—this reference includes countless techniques for studio sessions as well as outdoor and location shoots, with individuals or groups, male or female clients, and in sitting, standing, or lying poses. With advice from a well-known and respected professional, it covers all the basics, showing how to emphasize a client's assets and downplay perceived flaws, how to create a cohesive, engaging group photo, how to use natural elements on location to enhance an image, and how to ensure that the result flatters the subject and adds the essential professional polish to an image.

Photographing Shadow and Light

Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer Joey L.
Author: L. Joey,Lawrence L.,Jeff Kent
Publisher: Amphoto Books
ISBN: 0817400141
Category: Photography
Page: 176
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A behind-the-lens guide by an acclaimed master instructs readers on professional lighting and portrait techniques while sharing informative anecdotes, technical notes, and lighting diagrams.

500 Poses for Photographing Brides

A Visual Sourcebook for Professional Digital Wedding Photographers
Author: Michelle Perkins
Publisher: Amherst Media
ISBN: 1584283920
Category: Photography
Page: 126
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Containing numerous contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual concerning wedding portraits explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph--one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, legs, or torso--in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.