Loosen Up Before The Lens

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Once you loosen up before the lens, you’ll never again take a bland or repetitive image. When you learn how to apply improvisational acting technique, you’ll sail beyond the standard or clichéd poses. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452420271
About Martin Kimeldorf

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Review by: Gornun Hasselhoff on April 12, 2011 :
I guess I don't fit into the 'audience' for this book since I'm not a photographer or model, but it was cheap and my facebook pics of myself and others were just the same ol' same ol', so I gave it a try.

Quite simple and effective stuff! There's 21 'pose ideas' as I call them, and they're quite easy to remember, with the direction and 'working the pose' really easy to direct. I've pulled this on friends, family, and coworkers, and they thought I was weird at first, but the end result that they see on Facebook is well worth it, and they no longer mind being tagged in my photos. lol

Because it is an easy read, is easy for me, a non-photo/model type to use and remember, and because it's greatly improved the photos on my facebook, I'm definitely giving it 5 stars. Well worth the price.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jezreel duma on April 09, 2011 : (no rating)
I like the ebook. at first, it doesn't seem attractive to me because I'm not a photographer nor a model, or a type of person who works in photography professionally, I dont even have my own camera, I just join my friends whenever they bring cameras and take pictures of themselves. Coz I love to read books and pick up new things, I just tried to read the whole book during my spare time one day. This book opened my mind of the ideas in photography, how models and photographers communicate, the poses thing, the ways of conveying or showing to the viewers of their emotions, anything they wanna say by just posing in the pictures. I used to think, that posing in the picture is just smiling and doing whatever you want to make yourself look nice or funny or funny and nice. I saw the different pictures coming from different emotions and styles of posing (sad, frustated, confused, funny, happy, and etc.) and they look so nice. I think this book is helpful for me, I picked more ideas about photography and it even encourages me to engage into one. hahaha. I am on level zero in photography but it helps a lot in giving me more knowledge about this area of art, much more, this book would be of great help to those who aspires to become a good model or photographer.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Moore on April 03, 2011 :
Martin has captured the essense of ways to help those who have not modeled before, "lossen up." Many photographers could benefit from his thoughtful, careful, and gentle suggestions for posing and modeling. As the sample pictures in this book reveal, his techniques seem to optimize and capitalize on each models moods, expressions and poses. He thus provides variety while naturalizing the pictures avoiding "artifical" or strained poses. I would highly recommend this book for photographers seeking additional skills in photographing individuals by increasing their techniques at helping models "loosen up."
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Oooshgirl on April 03, 2011 :
I think beginning posers will be able to use these techniques to move beyond the cheesy grin we see too often in portraits. Likewise someone who has modeled before, and individuals with a natural talent in front of the camera, will benefit by learning to tell a story through improvisation.

I would also definitely suggest that photographers consider using this approach as an ice-breaker-shoot. Together you can find the creative flow necessary in crafting believable emotions and unique poses.

In a word, Martin’s approach will help you develop the special chemistry that can turn an everyday photo-making session into a unique experience.

—Jen Rene Cowden, Mode Mayhem #1750061
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Big Greg on April 02, 2011 :
I'm an experienced photographer, but I've always struggled a little with establishing rapport with inexperienced models or subjects that are reluctant to have their picture taken. This book has a lot of great tips that help break the ice and let the photographer and subject get comfortable with each other. I highly recommended it for both photographers and models of all skill levels.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lawrence Keeney on April 01, 2011 :
I have been photographing new models for quite a few years now, and the most frustrating part of the shoot is posing. Most of the new models do not know how to pose and it takes twice as long to direct them than someone who already know how to pose.

I wish every new model would read Martin Kimeldorf’s new book “Loosen Up Before The Lens”. It would make my life so much easier.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Soon Lee on March 23, 2011 :
Even though I have studied fashion and modeling most of my life I found Martin Kimeldorf’s first book (“Risking A Better Pose”) contained many useful tips for someone in the business.

Now comes his second book and he ratchets up the creativity with “Loosen Up Before The Lens” I found shooting with his techniques really allowed my personality to come through in the images. Every model, beginning or advanced, will find his improvisational techniques are a real game-changer..
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Chamberlin on March 22, 2011 : (no rating)
Getting people to relax and create some sincerity, honesty and believability in their expressions in front of a camera is a huge challenge facing any photographer. This booklet that Kimeldorf has written is packed with good practical ideas and exercises that will help my subjects loosen up in front of the camera as the title implies. His writing is direct, practical and usable. It is a welcome tool that I am confident I will use often in working with subjects.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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