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Many of you are branching out into one area or another of model photography, and have asked us for a list of books you might find to be helpful. We also have requests for sample model release forms, so have included links to those as well.

Photography Information and Recommended Reading


Below is a selection of recommended (model) photography reference books which can be purchased through Amazon.com with American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Eurocard, Visa, Visa Check Cards, payment from your bank account, Amazon.com gift cards, Amazon.com Gift Card claim codes, and the Amazon Store Card.

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Posing for Portrait Photography: A Head-to-Toe Guide for Digital Photographers
by Jeff Smith
Paperback - 128 pages (Aug 2011)

Aiming to help portrait photographers yield pleasing results with a variety of body types, this tutorial evaluates the subject’s appearance and suggests refining poses, providing tips to make sure each subject ends up with a result they like. Using before-and-after photos—and working through every region of the body from the head to the feet—acclaimed professional instructor Jeff Smith demonstrates simple posing adjustments and explains how various poses can conceal problem areas and maximize positive assets.
Family Photography: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Building a Business on Relationships
by Christie Mumm
Paperback - 128 pages (July 2011)

Going beyond how to capture memorable family photos, this examination spotlights the special touches and relationship-building skills that turn subjects from clients into friends. The author’s signature techniques for generating repeat business are shared, revealing how to remain a family’s constant photographer for years—from maternity portraits and baby photos to wedding images and senior snapshots. Specific suggestions are featured, including reaching out through social networking sites, blogging, and hosting special parties and events.
Pro Digital Portrait Lighting: The Definitive Reference to Lighting Setups
by Peter Hince
Paperback - 256 pages (March 2011)

With more than 100 diagramed lighting setups-and eight shots showing the effect on the final image-this manual is a must-have for studio portrait photographers. In addition to the advice on equipment and on achieving a particular look, this reference confronts one of the major challenges faced by portrait photographers: matching the lighting to a model's skin. It demonstrates every conceivable lighting setup on four models of varying skin tones, making it easy to plan a shoot.
500 Poses for Photographing Men: A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Portrait Photographers
by Michelle Perkins
Paperback - 128 pages (Jan 2011)

Offering a variety of options for refining poses and spicing up portrait sessions, this visual sourcebook addresses the problems that photographers often run into when taking portraits of men, whether the pictures are for male fashion shoots, weddings, family shots, or individual portraits. For ease of use, this reference groups sample images according to how much of the subject is included in the frame—from head-and-shoulders shots to full-length portraits.
Lighting: Design Techniques for Digital Photographers
by Wes Kroninger
Paperback - 128 pages (Jan 2011)

Presenting strategies to assist photographers in bringing out the beauty in their subjects, this manual shows how the previously unique lighting techniques required within diverse areas of photography have evolved and condensed into a combined skill set. Presented in a portfolio style and using images from real sessions with actual clients, this guide covers the necessary tools, the process of job preparation, and the fundamental techniques used to achieve success in beauty lighting. Whether creating commercial, editorial, or fine-art portraiture photography, this reference is an essential tool in developing a strong understanding of lighting principles and in creating images that resonate with viewers.
Lights, Camera... Nude!: A Guide to Lighting the Female Nude for Photography
by A. K. Nicholas
Paperback - 100 pages (Dec 2010)

This guide shows you how to use light to photograph nude female models and create various moods and effects. From the plainspoken to the artistic, each lighting configuration is diagramed in painstaking detail. More than just studio lighting - From indoor to outdoor, studio to location, you'll learn what can be achieved and how to make it work for you. From just one light in a small room, to elaborate creative setups, everything is described.
Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography: A Guide for Digital Photographers
by Christopher Grey
Paperback - 128 pages (Oct 2010)

Incorporating several categories of beauty photography—maternity, fitness, boudoir, Maxim style, Goth glamour, and fetish glamour—this guide describes the artistic and technical nuances of each genre while teaching posing and compositional techniques. Explaining how to choose popular lights and modifiers, the guide helps novice and professional photographers create stunning portraits with mood and personality that highlight the most desirable aspects of the subject.
Microstock Money Shots: Turning Downloads into Dollars with Microstock Photography
by Ellen Boughn
Paperback - 160 pages (Aug 2010)

Today’s online microstock agencies make it possible for anyone with a camera to sell their photographs. But the competition is daunting--one leading agency receives 14,000 uploads each day. How can you make your images stand out--and better yet, sell? In this guide, industry veteran Ellen Boughn reveals everything you need to know, including: How to get started selling your photos. What sells and what doesn't. How to cast and work with models. The fine print on permits and permissions. How to reach specialty markets like advertising, retail, news, and education.
Glamour Photography: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Getting Great Results with Minimal Equipment
by Joe Farace
Paperback - 128 pages (July 2010)

Using minimal equipment and maximizing opportunities, this informative reference demonstrates how to shoot glamour portraits in any available light situation. Working with both professional models as well as amateurs and using no more equipment than the basics, this guide provides instruction for creating easy-to-build modifiers, addressing a model’s figure and appearance concerns, harnessing natural light, and adapting to any location or backdrop.
Model Release Forms: Model Releases for Photographers and Videographers
by Tim McGovern
Paperback - 158 pages (Sep 2009)

Model release forms for photographers and videographers. Handy easy to use and convenient. Always have release forms in your bag.
Lighting Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios: Strategies for Digital Photographers
by Billy Pegram
Paperback - 128 pages (Aug 2009)

Detailed discussions and eye-catching, dynamic images show photographers how to masterfully create beautifully illuminated models in this professional, informative resource. With an endless array of looks for all types of models—such as nude, athletic, advertising, hand, leg, and plus size—this manual is packed with inspiration as well as technical advice.
500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers
by Michelle Perkins
Paperback - 128 pages (March 2009)

Next to lighting, posing is the most challenging aspect of photography—with so many body parts to capture, the possibilities are endless, and it’s all too easy to make a wrong turn. This illustrated reference provides both amateur shutterbugs and seasoned pros with the perfect place to turn when in need of quick posing strategies and fresh ideas.
The Model Posing Guide for Fashion and Glamour Photography
by John Lucassian
Paperback - 162 pages (March 2009)

A posing guide for models interested in the fashion and glamour photography industry. Designed for fashion and glamour models, it is about the rules for posing with sample poses and other tips, hints, and bits of information for models. A must have for photographers too!
Photography FAQs: Portraits
by Duncan Evans
Paperback - 144 pages (Jan 2009)

Wherever there’s a camera, someone’s probably taking a portrait. This book deals with that most involving of subjects: other people. Whether you’re looking to photograph kids at parties, groups at weddings, or models in studios, this guide helps you take control of the camera functions, arrange the lighting, compose the subject, and get the final results you want. Here’s the answer to every conceivable questions, from the technicalities of the equipment to location options to the post-production stage, where you can correct and enhance images with software to produce a picture-perfect photo.
The Art of Children's Portrait Photography
by Tamara Lackey
Paperback - 128 pages (Nov 2008)

Contemporary photographs that cleverly capture a child’s mood or personality—whether that’s a big, toothy grin or a teary tantrum—are easily created with the tips and techniques explored in this in-depth handbook. Often called “lifestyle photography,” modern techniques such as tightly cropped close-ups, vignettes, wide angles, and shallow depths produce images that are markedly less stiff and more expressive than traditional portraitures.
Fashion Photography: A Complete Guide to the Tools and Techniques of the Trade
by Bruce Smith
Paperback - 192 pages (Nov 2008)

Insider Bruce Smith explores every aspect of fashion photography, from high-end couture and beauty for both editorial and commercial clients, to runway, swimwear, lingerie, and more, with full information on how to break into the business. Topics include equipment, styling, backgrounds, hair and makeup, locations, lighting, composition, directing models, Photoshop, prepping images for press, marketing, and much more.
Rolando Gomez's Posing Techniques for Glamour Photography
by Rolando Gomez
Paperback - 128 pages (Oct 2008)

Literally working from head to toe, the images in this essential guide to glamour photography demonstrate how to flatter models’ assets and downplay any perceived flaws when there is no clothing to hide behind. Detailed instructions on recreating classic poses and a thorough discussion of the three main sections of the body—upper body, lower body, and backside—are coupled with ample photographic examples.
Outdoor Glamour Photography: The Complete Digital Guide to Taking Successful Outdoor Glamour Photographs
by Sandy Puc'
Paperback - 128 pages (May 2008)

Every conceivable aspect of children’s portraiture in this quintessential guidebook, from lighting to posing to post-capture techniques, and marketing, client retention, and obtaining top referrals.. Tips include effective ideas for photographing parent-and-child combinations, incorporating the family pet, and working with kids who have special needs.
Outdoor Glamour Photography: The Complete Digital Guide to Taking Successful Outdoor Glamour Photographs
by Bill Lemon
Paperback - 144 pages (May 2008)

Bill Lemon explains, image by image, how each was created and the equipment used, as well as the time of day that produces the best image and how to use the light to your advantage. Also included is a discussion of scouting for locations that fit one model better than another, backgrounds, depth of field issues, and much more.
Existing Light Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography
by Bill Hurter
Paperback - 128 pages (April 2008)

This book shows how to put together a lightweight, low-cost, and highly portable lighting kit that allows photographers to make quick work of creating perfect lighting in any location. Responding to a preference in the market for more natural, spontaneous-looking images, the guide explains how to achieve professional-quality lighting in parks, churches, schools, and other locations.
Professional Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers
by Lou Jacobs
Paperback - 128 pages (April 2008)

With the hard-won advice, strategies for success, and markedly different work included in this book, photographers will quickly learn how to evoke and capture timeless expressions, modulate lighting, create stunning compositions, and more.
A Digital Photographer's Guide to Model Releases: Making the Best Business Decisions with Your Photos of People, Places and Things
by Dan Heller
Paperback - 279 pages (March 2008)

Do you need a release for a photo of someone you took in public? Does it make a difference if the subject was paid to be in the picture? As the photographer, you need to understand your buyer's concerns in order to make savvy decisions about how you market your photos and to whom. Here's how to make money from all your photos, whether or not they have releases, by understanding the business aspects of the law.
Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios
by Billy Pegram
Paperback - 128 pages (Jan 2008)

With detailed discussions and eye-catching, dynamic images, this guidebook shows professional photographers how to masterfully create beautiful images of a model to achieve any creative objective. Instructions illustrate basic poses as well as a host of subtle variations to provide photographers with an endless array of looks for editorial fashion shots, athletics, glamour or nude photography, and shots designed to show curves, reveal personality, or showcase the hands, hair, or legs. This comprehensive resource also provides expert advice on conducting a successful session, how to work with the model, how to work with a support staff of image stylists, and tips for designing a high-quality portfolio.


Other Links of Interest to Photographers

Model Release Forms
Model releases covering adults, minors, and property (Digital PhotoCorner)
Model Release, PDF (istockphoto.com)
Model Releases Adults, minors, & W-9 form. (shutterstock.com)

 

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