Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing The Art Of Posing For Photographers And Models by Roberto ValenzuelaPicture Perfect Posing: Practicing The Art Of Posing For Photographers And Models by Roberto Valenzuela

Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing The Art Of Posing For Photographers And Models

byRoberto Valenzuela

Paperback | February 27, 2014

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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.
Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator. Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has trav...
Title:Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing The Art Of Posing For Photographers And ModelsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.9 × 7.9 × 0.8 inPublished:February 27, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321966465

ISBN - 13:9780321966469


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute MUST for any photographer! Roberto Valenzuela makes posing seem so intuitive and effortless that I bought this book to read about how he does it and maybe memorize some poses to add to my repertoire... but what I got was SO much more! He breaks down posing into a system that does NOT require that you memorize specific poses, but which instead allows you to understand how subtle changes in body position can communicate a different message. He explains things in a simple and clear way that makes each concept easy to understand and put into practice immediately. Each chapter is a building block and once you learn the principles behind posing the spine, the hands, the eyes, etc. you are equipped with a solid foundation to create any pose in any situation. This is a book in my library that is already starting to get dog-eared as I refer back to it regularly to refresh my memory or get inspiration for my next practice session. Roberto is truly a master of his craft and if you want to take posing to the next level after reading the book, sign up for one of his Picture Perfect Posing workshops (I just finished one last week). The workshop is the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae :-)
Date published: 2015-04-13

Table of Contents

Part I: Roberto Valenzuela’s Posing System

Chapter 1: Spinal Chord: The foundation of all posing
Chapter 2: Weight Distribution

Chapter 3: 90-degree angles on the arms, wrists, or legs
Chapter 4: Three point check combinations (collarbones, nose, eyes)
Chapter 5: Create Gaps

Chapter 6: The Hand / Arm Context System (H.C.S)
Chapter 7: Styling Hands and Fingers (Advanced Techniques)
Chapter 8: Origin of Hands Must Be Visible
Chapter 9: Avoid Mirroring

Chapter 10: Interaction and Placement of Subjects
Chapter 11: Near Equal Ratio of Subjects’ Bodies (Couples)

Chapter 12: Invisible Plane Angle Check
Chapter 13: The Nose X-Factor
Chapter 14: Subject Emphasis
Chapter 15: Posing with Movement, Feeling, and Expression

Part II: Posing Chart for Couples Implementing the Posing System