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Shooting Models

Shooting Models is a book with tips, techniques and testimony from both the photographers and the models. This is a complete guide to the modelling process, from finding a model and building a profile to casting and approaching agencies with your work. It then goes on to cover different types of shoot, posing tips, shooting beauty images and lighting techniques. It also covers how to relax situations where the model is uncomfortable or shy, and how to maintain control of the shot when wo...

500 Poses For Photographing Infants And Toddlers

Photographing Infants and Toddlers is quite a niche area of photography, and this book is a visual sourcebook for digital portrait photographers. Basically, the book is filled with images of babies and young children, to give you an idea of the poses that work well for each age group. Images incorporating the parents are also included, and explained is how you can use parents or siblings as a kind of prop or support for the child in the photo. At the back of the book there is a small sec...

Photographing Families

Photographing Families is a practical guide to using natural light, flash, posing and more to create professional images. It features quick lessons for posing, lighting and more for easy learning, and includes lots of different photo scenarios to enable you to photograph just about any family effectively. The book features each different scenario over a two page spread, showing how you could pose the family, and take a variety of images whilst also sharing information about the settings ...

Dynamic Posing Guide - Modern Techniques For Digital Photographers

Dynamic Posing Guide provides modern techniques for digital photographers in the art of posing your subjects. The book starts with information on how to break down the human figure, enabling you to better understand how the rules of posing work. The book goes into great detail on how the stance and angle you put on your subject can make a huge difference, with plenty of images showing you both the correct and incorrect poses, so you can see the improvement. Next, the book moves on to the...

Creating Stylish and Sexy Photography

Creating Stylish and Sexy Photography is all about producing great glamour and flattering fashion images. Author Chris Nelson has been a professional photographer for many years, and received his Master photographer award from WPPI. The book begins with a few words about your potential client base and the many reasons women go for glamour and fashion shoots, before moving on to discuss what glamour photography actually is. It's all about what your subject wants and how they'd like to be ...

Figure Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers

Figure Photography – Techniques for Digital Photographers is a book all about figure photography, from the history right through to techniques and ideas for posing. The book begins with fundamental techniques for figure photography, starting with location selection. You are encouraged to experiment, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities to make your photography stand out. Also looked at is privacy and permits, and adding props to your photos. Lighting and exposure is next to b...

500 Poses for Photographing Group Portraits

500 Poses for Photographing Group Portraits is a source book full of images for photographers to draw inspiration from. There is a small forward at the front, which explains that the book is meant to act as a 'springboard' for posing ideas. Thinking of ways to pose large groups of people can be a challenge, and the book provides plenty of ideas for you to implement. It is split into sections of different group sizes, and goes from just two people right up to fifteen plus, so no matter wh...

High School Senior Portrait Photography

High School Senior Portrait Photography is quite a specific book all about photographing teens in Senior school. Author Ellie Vayo has been in the business for years, and has focused on senior school photography for most of that time, making her the ideal guide for this subject. The book begins with business basics, getting your name known and spreading the message about your work. Ellie explains that volunteering your skills is important as a starting point. The book next looks at marke...

Shooting yourself

Shooting Yourself is a book all about creating self portraits with attitude. The book begins with a few words from author Haje Jan Kamps on why he likes self portrait photography, and how it's important to be yourself when it comes to photography. Everyone has different interpretations, and you should follow yours. The book then introduces lots of different artists who specialise in self portrait photography, and a few words on why the author likes them, before they each go into why they ...

Photographing Families: Tips For Capturing Timeless Images

Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images is a book by expert portrait photographer Michele Celentano. The book takes us through how to create perfect family images that will last a lifetime, starting from the very beginning. The first chapter is very picture rich, and includes advice on what will work and what will not, for example how to work with young children to keep them engaged and alternatives to the usual formal portrait. It also includes information on cameras,...