• Title: Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models
  • Author: Roberto Valenzuela Milorad M. Drachkovitch
  • ISBN: 9780321966469
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Picture Perfect Posing Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models 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
    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 fPhotographer, 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.

    One Reply to “Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models”

    1. Granted, this is for a specialized audience - professional and serious amateur photographers - but it is destined to become a classic. Posing is often a difficult task, particularly under stressful circumstances like weddings but Valenzuela delivers a framework within which to operate, which, while not exactly intuitive, is extremely effective. Issues like proper treatment of the eyes, necessary "gaps" between arms and body to render a more flattering image, aspects of "walking" poses and develo [...]

    2. Roberto, what I would like to say, is "thank you for writing such a wonderful book". I absolutely love this book. Well written, and well illustrated, Roberto really brings out the art of posing in an extremely systematic manner. What I like, is that he has chosen good and bad examples from his own work, and this is rare in a photographer. The clear breakdown of the various parts of the body, synthesising everything together, and illustrating dynamics makes the book a joy to read and easy to foll [...]

    3. I just started getting more serious about Portrait Photography. The technical side is the one I am finally getting but I had a really hard time posing people. This book provides the photographer with a system that helps finding the reasons why a pose does or doesn't work. This is especially helpful when working with non professional models. Since I have read the book I have already made much better portraits, because now I can see what makes a pose awkward and change it so that I get better resu [...]

    4. This book has absolutely the best explanations about portrait making and posing! It's just everything you need about the topic.

    5. I was told by many that this was the BEST posing book out there and now that I have read it I can't disagree. Even though I have not read many other posing books, this book goes above and beyond. Rather than just showing countless poses, in PPP, Valenzuela goes into WHY a pose is good or bad and basically how to build one from anywhere at any time given any circumstance. He gives you a very structured set of guides to help you understand why certain poses are good or bad. I have been obsessively [...]

    6. If Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook was my dog eared bible for studio portrait photography in my beginning years Roberto's PPP is the New Testament. Roberto has excellent communication skills which made him an outstanding photographer and incredible instructor. Your images will improve once you read and re-read either of these seminal books. The rules of photography can be so easy - the execution - not so much. Roberto's keen understanding of the challenges you encounter in the actua [...]

    7. Posing is one of the most challenging disciplines in Portrait Photography and an Art in itself. Picture Perfect Posing is nothing short of a bootcamp for portrait photographers, diving into the details of what makes or breaks a pose. Where many books, simply fly over the subject, this book not only explains why a pose or gesture works, but also illustrates what not to do and gives you a system to remember how to achieve the perfect pose. Very clearly written and beautifully illustrated with usef [...]

    8. This book is fantastic, but it's packed with information that cannot be learned all at once. It has become for a me a very important reference book. I continue to go back to it and remind myself of the principles described, and slowly but surely I'm starting to commit them to memory.The dissection of posing feels a bit cold, but as you read the book and begin evaluating your own work you come to see that Robert Valenzuela knows exactly what he's talking about. This book is a must-read for any po [...]

    9. A useful guide of basic posing fundamentalsValenzuela does a good job of breaking down the fundamentals of posing. He doesn't offer a huge variety of poses, but does include important concepts when you do select a certain pose.

    10. Easily the most useful photography book I've ever read. Photographing people isn't easy, and posing has been the most difficult aspect for me. Roberto has written a masterfully comprehensive and clear guide to posing. I can't wait to read his other two books!

    11. Picture Perfect Posing is hands down the best book I've ever read on the subject of posing people. Roberto is not only an exceptional photographer, but he is an outstanding teacher as well. His P3S system is genius.

    12. Amazing book. Gives a great foundation on how to pose anyone in many situation. Helps build an attention to detail regarding body position. The concepts taught allow you to easily evoke emotion from your clients.

    13. After reading this book, I have developed a more critical eye and confidence in directing subjects for posing. Goes way beyond normal posing books I have read and provides a framework to pose groups and individuals to convey a wide array of emotions. A Classic.

    14. Easy to understand and utilize.Best book on posing I've read. Helps you understand the logic behind a good pose. I highly recommend this book.

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