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Nude, Naked, bare... It ain't none of those.
Old 02-18-2008, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've gotten away from putting book reviews on Glamour 1's forums. But here's one book worth looking at...

It's called Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios by Billy Pegram, published by Amherst Media, and nominally $34.95 in paperback. Probably somewhat cheaper at Amazon.

Disclaimer. I have no relationship with the author, the publisher, distributor, or anyone else involved with this book. I don't make a dime off it's sales, promotion, or anything else. I get no compensation, consideration, favors, or anything else for the following comments. What a pain in the butt to have to put this in everytime I mention a book...

Anyway, most of the "posing guides" I've seen fall into two catagories. There are the "show 'em a thousand pictures of a babe in a swimsuit in various poses" books. I find those totally useless. I'd rather tear pages out of fashion magazines and make my own book than look at the same girl posed a 1000 different ways in the same black swimsuit.

And then there are the books that are obviously done by someone specializing in senior (as in high school senior, not old folks...) pictures with the requisite wooden rail fence poses, the stairstep poses, and... well if you've seen the books you know exactly what I mean. In fact, Amherst, the publisher of this book, has several of them. I'm not knocking them, it's just that they really are not what I'm looking for...

So it was a pleasant surprise to discover Mr. Pegram's book. While he aims it at producing pictures for models portfolios, it's not to hard to figure out that models want to show off exceptional pictures in their portfolios. Thus the poses are contemporary, sexy -- when appropriate, and generally a cut above the run of the mill. Oh, did I mention the models are all female?

If you're expecting the usual 1/3 of the book on how to use a camera, choose lights, and read a light meter... Surprise, surprise... that ain't none of that. God bless Mr Pegram!

The images are excellent, the models are attractive, the writing is succint and well done, and there is sufficient information that even a grizzled old pro can probably pick up a few pointers.

Mr. Pegram has a website at http://BillyPegram.com and many of the pictures in the book can be viewed there. What you won't see there is the many examples of hand positions, feet positions, and body positions he shows and talks about in the book.

Trust me, if you're looking for a posing guide that looks like pictures you'd want to make, take a look at this book.
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Thanks for the post, Al...I'll give it a look!
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Thanks. I'll look at that one. (It'll go along with a couple other photo books, a CSS book and a Flash book I have purchased in the last couple of weeks.)

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Thanks - like you, I haven't found most of the "posing books" to be all that useful. I'll check this out.
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I'll let you in on a little secret... I'll also post a book review on Amazon occasionally when I really like a book. So when I finished this brief review, I took a variation of it over there.

I don't have to put the disclaimer there.

But guess what? The Amazon crew cut a section out. Ya know that paragraph about Mr. Pegram's website with his site's URL? Gone, vanished, invisible... only three little dots in brackets to indicate it might have ever existed. I guess Amazon doesn't like people leaving their site.

So you guys have an advantage. You can preview some of the images in the book. The Amazon readers will never know about them.

No big deal, I just thought it was interesting. It'll probably result in my not posting any more reviews there, I was posting the reviews for the benefit of fellow photographers, not the corporate bottom line.
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