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When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right—if the pose is off—the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve your ability to pose your subjects—whether they’re men, women, couples, or groups—best-selling author and photographer Lindsay Adler’s The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is the perfect resource for you.

In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers the five most important things that ruin a pose—such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. If you can look out for and avoid these five things, your skills (and your images) will quickly improve. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face—with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead—as well as posing hands.

In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides five “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). In the final chapter of the book, Lindsay brings it all together as she teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work. 

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Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications, including Marie Claire, InStyle, Noise Magazine, Zink Magazine, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry''s largest platforms and most prestigious events, having been named one of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world. Lindsay has worked with some of the top brands in the photographic and related industries such as Canon, Adobe, and Microsoft.

A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. Author of four books, she is always working on new ways to share her passions and knowledge with others. Each year she teaches to tens of thousands of photographers world-wide through prestigious platforms such as creativeLIVE, KelbyOne, and the industry''s biggest conferences.

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Robert BieberTop Contributor: Photography
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Great Content, Questionable Editing
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018
This book was my first introduction to posing, and on the whole I really enjoyed it. Pro: The material is great. Lindsay Adler is an amazing photographer, and she has a real knack for both explaining things clearly and visually illustrating what she''s talking... See more
This book was my first introduction to posing, and on the whole I really enjoyed it.

Pro: The material is great. Lindsay Adler is an amazing photographer, and she has a real knack for both explaining things clearly and visually illustrating what she''s talking about with do/don''t images, pull-back shots when necessary, and an occasional bit of diagramming on top of an image. The key to this book vs. the kind of static guides to different poses I''ve tried looking at before is that she''s not giving you a list of positions to contort people into, she''s laying out a set of basic principles you can use to (a) figure out how you want someone to look, and then (b) arrange them into a position that fulfills that look you''re going for. And then at the end of the chapter she''ll give you a small list of positions you can contort people into, just in case you lack the imagination to get started on your own ;)

Neither pro nor con: While this book is pretty substantial size-wise, it''s still not nearly comprehensive, which you come to realize pretty quickly it simply couldn''t be without being a whole lot bigger. However, given the amount of material, I found some of the content choices suboptimal, personally. Including an entire chapter on boudoir posing seemed like an unusual choice while what I would expect to be some more common scenarios--especially working with children and posing non-family groups--were left out. Of course, if you shoot a lot of boudoir that''s great for you, so ymmv. By the end of the book I kind of came out with the feeling that this was less a comprehensive posing guide and more of an introduction and long form advertisement for the copious amount of instructional video material she has online. Which I have to admit I fell for; I''ve since bought three of her CreativeLive courses.

Con: The editing in this book is very sloppy, which is what kept this from being a five star review. There are several places in the book where the figure numbers she refers to don''t actually match the images she''s talking about. e.g. she''ll say "The problem with image 3.19 was [x] and I fixed it in image 3.20 by doing [y]," but the two images she''s talking about will actually be 3.17 and 3.18. Presumably in this case an image was added removed and the references in the text not updated.

Worse yet, at times the text will refer to an image that''s not actually present under any numbering, or an image will have the wrong caption directly underneath it. These may seem like minor issues, but it can be very confusing for a beginner to read something, look at the referenced image, see that the two don''t match up, and then take quite a bit of time to try to figure out if the book is wrong or if you''re just badly misunderstanding what it is you''re supposed to be looking at.

There''s also an entire section of chapter 3 (on problematic expressions) that''s alluded to, but then the chapter just abruptly ends without the promised section. I assume this is because an editor axed that part of the chapter but forgot to remove the intro text for it.
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BjudoTop Contributor: Photography
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Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017
Lindsay Adler has been featured on many CreativeLive events and certainly has a clear and concise manner of sharing her expertise. I do own several "posing" books, but this material has hundreds of images where she describes the starting point, potential weak points... See more
Lindsay Adler has been featured on many CreativeLive events and certainly has a clear and concise manner of sharing her expertise. I do own several "posing" books, but this material has hundreds of images where she describes the starting point, potential weak points of an image, and how it may be improved. Not only does the book describe how to pose women (and men) in a variety of settings (portraits, couples, boudoir) it describes how to best photograph different body types. It is not always all about re-posing the model, it may be involve different camera angles, focal lengths, apertures and lenses. Little tips like avoiding a double chin when photographing a couple kissing is a detail that some other books may forget to mention. It''s not really about memorizing 1,000 poses, it is more about understanding some core concepts and then applying them to whomever you photograph.
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Jesse Barnum
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No-nonsense, practical guide that dramatically improves portrait sessions
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2017
This book is absolutely vital for understanding the subtle differences in posing. I''ve got a very good understanding of how to use my camera, and a decent idea of how to do lighting, but I was sorely lacking in terms of how to pose people. After reading this book, I now... See more
This book is absolutely vital for understanding the subtle differences in posing. I''ve got a very good understanding of how to use my camera, and a decent idea of how to do lighting, but I was sorely lacking in terms of how to pose people. After reading this book, I now understand a whole lot of new concepts, including:

* What do with people''s hands
* How wide angle lenses (which I would normally not use for portraits before reading this book) can be great for altering the perceived shapes of faces and bodies
* Poses that emphasize the arch of the back in females, resulting in much more attractive pictures
* A whole lot more

The thing that makes this book so much better than others is the ''before'' and ''after'' shots. Many other photography books that I''ve read are just a collection of somebody''s portfolio with notes on what made the picture work. This book is different, in a very practical way: The pictures are done SPECIFICALLY for the book, with two or three variations on each pose, along with a concise explanation, so that you, the reader, can see exactly why some poses work and some don''t.
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Photostar
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Buy this book if you love people!
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2017
I would normally not write a book review before finishing it, but I thought I have read enough content to give decent review. First off, I am glad I bought the book instead of the Kindle version which is how I read 90% of my books. With 400+ pages with illustrations, it''s... See more
I would normally not write a book review before finishing it, but I thought I have read enough content to give decent review. First off, I am glad I bought the book instead of the Kindle version which is how I read 90% of my books. With 400+ pages with illustrations, it''s more convenient to have the book handy verses using an app. The quality of the cover and pages are top notch. I also love the fact that Lindsay chose "real" life women for the cover. I unfortunately don''t always have super models walking into my home based studio, but I do have a lot of clients that just want to be flattered with a good photograph. This book gives you all the tools to do just that, working with every day people. This book will be a regular subject in my studio...now back to studying..
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Donald D. Farra
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Take a gaint leap forward
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
Over the last couple of days I looked over the posing book and was left with some impressions. First Lindsay is a genius. Second in order to take consistent professional quality images of people you have to have confidence and this comes about by learning. She teaches... See more
Over the last couple of days I looked over the posing book and was left with some impressions. First Lindsay is a genius. Second in order to take consistent professional quality images of people you have to have confidence and this comes about by learning. She teaches you the various aspects of photography both technical and interpersonal skills. The two combined enable the artistic and the personal style to surface that results in unique images of the subject that is better than what they expected, which builds their confidence in you and in yourself. In a sense you become a better problem solver and being able to handle any situation makes the process enjoyable for you and the subject. This makes you burn out proof. Third, she teaches you that the camera does not see, you do and what you see is not always captured by the camera. She teaches to use the camera as a means to capture what you see and to learn how to overcome the limitations of the gear. Final summary, she enables you to make a difference for the better of every single person you photograph, by interacting with them while respecting their space. In the end, you make them feel better about themselves by the images you create and this motives you to improve your skill, your craft and your enjoyment. She also lets you know you do so with the help of others, so it is OK to learn from her and to teach others who come after you.
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Lisa
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Lindsay''s Guide to Posing is a "Must Own" for Photographers
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
I''ve been on Amazon.com for 18 years and this is my first book review. Yes, it was that good and yes it is important that everyone knows it. After reading Lindsay''s book on Posing a second time, I wholeheartedly recommend this gem to anyone that photographs people. The book... See more
I''ve been on Amazon.com for 18 years and this is my first book review. Yes, it was that good and yes it is important that everyone knows it. After reading Lindsay''s book on Posing a second time, I wholeheartedly recommend this gem to anyone that photographs people. The book is comprehensive, well written, cleverly designed with training skills and a plethora of examples of what works, what doesn''t and why. As you read, you will find yourself getting better at finding posing issues and how to correct them. Simply put, you will understand posing better and produce higher quality work because of it.

I truly believe Lindsay is one of the top photography instructors out there today. Her method of teaching relates to everyday photographers and advanced pros as well. If you happen to follow her Instagram or Website, you''ll notice she regularly updates her strong portfolio of images. Somehow, she still manages to produce yet more impressive work as the years pass by. An impressive accomplishment that has led to many photography awards and strong industry recognition and accolades.

Buying this book is a given. It is a ''must own'' and perhaps the new Bible on posing. I would highly recommend you check out Lindsay''s other material and books out there. I personally have learned a tremendous amount from her via her books, seminars and videos. She is constantly travelling and teaching. Topics including lighting - both standard and high impact creative, posing for all scenarios and body types, shooting in poor conditions, processing, quick and advanced retouching techniques, business essentials and the list goes on. I am a big fan of her work, work ethic and charming personality. Her book delivers and you''ll be glad you bought it!
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DonC
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Great book that covers the basics and provides a foundation for further exploration
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
It''s a great book on posing. It starts with a description of how the camera interacts with the subject -- meaning how you can use crop, focal length, posing -- to emphasize or deemphasize your subject. It then goes through a number of specific topics applicable to all... See more
It''s a great book on posing. It starts with a description of how the camera interacts with the subject -- meaning how you can use crop, focal length, posing -- to emphasize or deemphasize your subject. It then goes through a number of specific topics applicable to all posing before delving into specific posing for certain types of individuals -- women, men, couples. In each section there are plenty of excellent examples illustrating the points being made, and even some "test" images that allow you to decide how to improve an image before explaining how the author would do it.

What it is not is a list of a thousand "great" poses. It''s more focused on illustrating how you can use one base pose and turn it into many different shots by changing the camera angle or the subject''s hands or the crop.

Overall it''s an excellent learning tool. Someone mentioned the author''s videos on Creative Live. Those would be complementary to this book, covering the same ground with much the same message but with different poses and a different method of explanation.
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Great book but unbalanced to female models and poses
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
This book is great and full of examples on how to properly execute a portrait. Of course, they''re framed in the particular aesthetic of the author but they are a great starting point in finding your own style. Learn the rules so you can break them, and break them... See more
This book is great and full of examples on how to properly execute a portrait. Of course, they''re framed in the particular aesthetic of the author but they are a great starting point in finding your own style. Learn the rules so you can break them, and break them effectively, they say. This book delivers those rules masterfully and elegantly. I am giving it 4 starts because the book abounds on examples on how to photograph women, but the examples on photographing men are scant. To exemplify, the chapter on posing women contains numerous examples posed by more than 4 different models. The chapter on posing men, has only a handful of poses all with the same model. Not only that, there are additional chapters for posing women (curvy, boudoir, maternity) and most examples throughout the book are poses for women. What about corporate portraits? What about posing skinny men, or fat men, or children? If there is a second edition of this book, it definitely has to improve on that. There is much more on portrait photography than Vogue.
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Sam E
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She knows what''s what & what''s not.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2019
She certainly knows her stuff. There are loads & loads of images to assist you all the way through the book covering best practice of where to position yourself and camera and how to direct your subject she also covers a range of common faults to look out for in certain...See more
She certainly knows her stuff. There are loads & loads of images to assist you all the way through the book covering best practice of where to position yourself and camera and how to direct your subject she also covers a range of common faults to look out for in certain posing situations. I would''ve liked to see more in the ''Posing Men'' section. Such as… the Larger fuller figured man (full length and Head & Shoulders) as well as more info on posing the older/frail man. All-in-all I found it a good easy to read and follow along book, which has has helped me to stop several bad habits and get better at all those good habits.
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Dennis Watts
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Excellent book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2020
This is excellent, lots of good examples, it''s a lot thicker than I thought. The handful of reviews with people complaining about nudity made me laugh. There are a total of two nude shots in this book, and they''re both in the maternity section. There is a section on boudoir...See more
This is excellent, lots of good examples, it''s a lot thicker than I thought. The handful of reviews with people complaining about nudity made me laugh. There are a total of two nude shots in this book, and they''re both in the maternity section. There is a section on boudoir photography but the model is wearing underwear in every shot - you would see as much nudity in a Littlewoods catalogue. I mainly shoot landscapes and wildlife, and this was just what I was looking to help with the few occasions I have to do a portrait.
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Straightforward and clear
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2018
If .. like me .. you just need to be shown examples of how to do something and then to be left alone to get on with things, then this is probably the book for you. A clear and straightforward exposition of the art of posing by someone who really knows what she’s talking...See more
If .. like me .. you just need to be shown examples of how to do something and then to be left alone to get on with things, then this is probably the book for you. A clear and straightforward exposition of the art of posing by someone who really knows what she’s talking about.
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Dharma Bob
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Excellent Resource for Posing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2019
This bk is superb. Really impressed. Thank Lindsay for sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise. This is a must have bk that I''ll be dipping into regularly. It''s jam packed full of essential posing techniques and great photos. Some beautiful photos that showcase...See more
This bk is superb. Really impressed. Thank Lindsay for sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise. This is a must have bk that I''ll be dipping into regularly. It''s jam packed full of essential posing techniques and great photos. Some beautiful photos that showcase Lindsay work. I can see my photography improving big time with this fantastic resource. I can''t recommend it enough. I''ve attached one of the most beautiful portraits here
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NR in London
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A very knowledgeable author and clear information
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2019
A very well written book which will give you some go-to starter poses for different common scenarios. The information is clear with lots of photographic examples, what''s also great is that there are examples of incorrect photos to help train your eye and this works very...See more
A very well written book which will give you some go-to starter poses for different common scenarios. The information is clear with lots of photographic examples, what''s also great is that there are examples of incorrect photos to help train your eye and this works very well as I now find I see the faults as they occur not after when it''s too late. A very knowledgeable author and clear information.
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