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  1. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone would care to recommend some books. I am particularly interested in posing (which I suck at), lighting and wedding photography. I have been getting more and more into portraiture as I have a daughter who is growing up before my eyes and just finished my first wedding. When I thought of the wedding, I was thinking it would be my first and last, but I must say, I rather enjoyed it. I think it went well considering everything, but if I do others I would like some more reading material. I have heard good things of the books of Bambi Cantrell, can others recommend her books or others?

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    I have a book about general camera settings I love. Its called Understanding Exposure by Petterson I think Brian? I don,t have it in front of me.
     
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    This is a great book on studio portrait lighting.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lighting-Guide-Portrait-Photographers/dp/1584281251"]http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lighting-Guide-Portrait-Photographers/dp/1584281251[/ame]
     
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    Just ordered it from Amazon.uk, thanks for the recommendation.

    J
     
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    I've been looking for a good book on posing for over 10 years. Can't seem to find one that isn't mostly full of filler, and only has a minimal amount of usable info on posing. I like to look through wedding and fashion mags and check out the poses in the ads, and at other photog's photos online.

    I did purchase "Wedding Photography: Art, Business and Style" by Steve Sint. It's okay. There are some decent basic posing sections.

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Photography-Art-Business-Style/dp/1883403367[/ame]

    Every portrait photog should at least take a look at some Arnold Newman photos. I just got the book "Five Decades", and it's blowing me away! He's my favorite portrait photographer.

    http://www.pdngallery.com/legends/newman/

    http://www.masters-of-photography.com/N/newman/newman.html

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Arnold-Newman-Decades-Harvest-Original/dp/0151079005[/ame]

    EDIT: How could I forget Monte Zucker! King of old-school wedding portraits.

    http://www.montezucker.com/content.html?page=6

    I recall finding a very detailed Monte Zucker posing webpage once, but can't seem to find it now. I think there is a lot of info to be learned from Monte Zucker's style, although when I ask brides to bring me photos and magazines demonstrating what they like and don't like, they often bring in their mother's or aunt's posed photos, which are usually similar to Zucker's, and say "whatever you do, I don't want this!!!"

    I just bought "In Style" magazine's wedding issue. Tons of photos of rail thin, stick figure girls with Photoshop stretched necks in brides' dresses. I thought heroin-chic was out of fashion? Apparently it's back. Some of the models looked like they had black eyes. Ahhh, nothing says romance on your wedding day more than a black eye from your fiance the night before. It's easy to tell there are few heterosexual males involved in the fashion industy; these girls look freaky, not very pretty.
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for all the links and recommendations. I'll be checking out some of these.
     

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