Book Review: Wedding Photography – A Guide To Posing
by Benek Lisefski on December 07, 2010
I love this book because it’s equally valuable to wedding photographers as well as brides and grooms. It’s the little pocket bible of wedding photography full of practical tips and inspiring photos that anyone can read to drastically improve their wedding photos, whether thay are behind the camera or in front of it.
The back cover because it does an excellent job of explaining who the book is for and what it’s all about:
Photographers: This book is inexpensive and affordable for all. We would love every photographer (and bride) to own a copy, as we believe a wedding deserves the best images possible. Only by constant learning can we continually improve. Think of all the new shots you will learn and how pleased your couples will be. This pocket-size book is very affordable and will fit in a camera bag. Invest in your future today by buying this book.
Brides: Transform your wedding photos by understanding your photographer’s aims, so you can work together to create amazing images. Discover the small details that have a huge impact: such as how to stand in a flattering and slimming manner with finesse and style. Study the gallery of over 400 images to see what you love and how to achieve that look. Your wedding photos are your memory of the day for life, so why not do everything YOU can to make them amazing, by getting this inspiring book?
- 256 pages and 525 inspirational images from some of the world’s finest wedding photographers.
- Designed for everyone from beginner to seasoned pros to brides.
- Learn to create beautiful group shots that you can become known for.
- Chapters on putting that couple at ease and getting the best from them.
- Transform snapshots into masterful poses by learning about finesse.
- 100’s of tips and invaluable pieces of advice.
Wedding Photography – A Guide To Posing starts out with very practical photographic advice specific to the requirements of wedding photography. It covers topics like The initial meeting – setting expectations; Finding good light; The basic of posing; Family and groups; Shadow and reflection; Posing and personality; How to prepare for the wedding day; Model, ngagement and post-wedding shoots; Workflow and Photoshop; and much more. Each section is written in clear, concise language and provides ample photographic examples and sample images to demonstrate the main points.
This clever little book covers a range of advice from more basic photographic techniques like how to use light on to more advanced techniques that even seasoned pros will find useful like Posing Hands and Mistakes to avoid on the wedding day, making it an ideal companion for amateurs and professional photographers alike. With so much wedding-specific knowledge and such great visual examples I am certain there will be something to learn for anyone who buys this book, and it will undoubtedly make any photographer’s wedding shots higher quality and more creative.
Inspiring wedding photo gallery
The second part of the book is a glorious gallery of over 400 world-class wedding photos broken down by categories like Bridal Preparation, Groom, Bride & Groom, Cars, Groups, etc. What I love most about the gallery section is that it is not just a bunch of images! Each image has a great explanation of the idea behind the shot, and technical reasoning for why it works so well. So in addition to getting inspired by the beautiful shots you’re also learning why they are so good and how to reproduce the same effect!
What we love
The beauty of this book is that it’s perfect for photographers and brides. It’s something they can share and look at together to provide guidance and inspiration for their personal wedding day. As a recent groom I wish I had known about this book before my wedding. I would have loved to browse through the gallery with my bride to pick our favourite shots and take it to the first meeting with our photographers to show them samples of the kinds of shots we loved the most. This would have given us greater confidence that they understood our needs and would deliver the best possible shots.
We were also impressed with the fact that the models used for all the instructional shots look like real brides of all ages, shapes and sizes. This guide never gives up practicality for eye-candy.
As an amateur photographer I can really appreciate all the specific technical advice that comes with this book. Even if you’re a master at lighting, reflections, shadows and complex compositions, there’s a lot to gain here from the knowledgeable tips about the finesse of posing, specifically as it relates to common wedding situations, and also from the tips about how to deal with the bride and groom. Such as putting them at ease, managing expectations, and getting the most from them on their wedding day. It’s a goldmine of wedding photo knowledge in a very easily readable and visually appealing format. Plus it’s practical. It’s cheap to buy and its small size makes it perfect to fit into a camera bag or even a purse.
The team here at WeddingWise love this book. We can’t recommend it enough. There are plenty of other books out there on photographic techniques, or purely wedding photo inspiration, but none that we’ve seen like this that act as a perfect cross-over between photographer and bride/groom. We think it’s invaluable for anyone getting married (or anyone shooting weddings)!
Buy now and save
You can buy Wedding Photography – A Guide To Posing by using this special publisher’s PayPal link below. We’ve arranged a group buy with the publisher to save on shipping from the UK. All orders placed through this button below will be added to the group buy and then all shipped over to WeddingWise (Auckland) in the same box. We’ll then post them within NZ. This will save substantially over shipping each book individually from the UK. The group buy price is £15.25.The group buy period ends Jan 9th, 2011. All orders made through this button will be shipped to NZ on or shortly after January 10th, and then distributed to purchasers within NZ the following week.
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