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Vintage book RARE modeling & photography How to Pose for the Camera by Isabel Shirley, first edition 1965 old-school model photos/techniques

Vintage book RARE modeling & photography How to Pose for the Camera by Isabel Shirley, first edition 1965 old-school model photos/techniques

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There is no other book like this one.

If you don't immediately have a girl crush on Gloria Shirley from looking at this cover, I don't know how to help you. The model for the cover and inside photographs is author Isabel's daughter, who she describes inside as "My Daughter, the Model: If you're doing a book on posing for the camera, there's nothing like having a photogenic teenager around the house. This is Gloria, the author's daughter and favorite model, who posed for all the photos illustrating this book."

The bright orange popping on the black, white and grey cover of old school, 60's photographs had me pick this up, and as I flipped through I grew to love Gloria and want to look like her and be her. I'm sure this book inspired tons of girls wanting to be or learning to be models back then, and really, it is still influential now, though the modeling industry has fully changed.

The information in the book is good, but my obsession is with the pictures -- I tried to get as many poses as I could in the five pictures Etsy allows above, but you have to purchase the book to see them all. If you are a photographer, a model, or just interested in vintage fashion and books, you have to buy this slim, informational and artful guide.

Isabel starts off the introduction: "If you think that making beautiful pictures together is a sure thing for any technically competent photographer and attractive model, you could be wrong. It doesn't always turn out that way." And boy is she right -- think of all the photographs you would NEVER want online, despite you trying your best to look good that night and the fact every phone has a high-tech camera on it nowadays. What's the problem, why do they come out so terribly? Isabel will tell you.

It truly is up to the photographer AND the model to work at to get that perfect shot, the kinds that fill this book, and in order to learn how to rock those photographs you usually run to untag yourself from on Facebook, you should start easily and simply by learning exactly "How to Pose for the Camera."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: How to Pose for the Camera
-Author/Photographer: Isabel Shirley
-Models/Contributors: Gloria Shirley, Elinor Shirley
-Format: Softcover, first edition, third printing
-Condition: Nearly mint
-Publisher: AMPHOTO, NY
-Copyright: 1965 Isabel Shirley
-Date published: 1965--1971
-Provenance: Picked this up at a humongous and strange antiques store on a road trip through Connecticut, where it was buried under many old/vintage cameras in a cool corner of the basement of the warehouse-barn type place. This was this October '16.
-Pricing: This was priced this way because there are no other copies of this specific book available. The book hardly comes up online without some searching, though there are two copies that do - they are a different edition, however, with a green cover, and so this has a different layout of pictures and color on the cover, so it looks entirely different and is updated as the only later printing, a much rarer edition.
There is no other book like this one.

If you don't immediately have a girl crush on Gloria Shirley from looking at this cover, I don't know how to help you. The model for the cover and inside photographs is author Isabel's daughter, who she describes inside as "My Daughter, the Model: If you're doing a book on posing for the camera, there's nothing like having a photogenic teenager around the house. This is Gloria, the author's daughter and favorite model, who posed for all the photos illustrating this book."

The bright orange popping on the black, white and grey cover of old school, 60's photographs had me pick this up, and as I flipped through I grew to love Gloria and want to look like her and be her. I'm sure this book inspired tons of girls wanting to be or learning to be models back then, and really, it is still influential now, though the modeling industry has fully changed.

The information in the book is good, but my obsession is with the pictures -- I tried to get as many poses as I could in the five pictures Etsy allows above, but you have to purchase the book to see them all. If you are a photographer, a model, or just interested in vintage fashion and books, you have to buy this slim, informational and artful guide.

Isabel starts off the introduction: "If you think that making beautiful pictures together is a sure thing for any technically competent photographer and attractive model, you could be wrong. It doesn't always turn out that way." And boy is she right -- think of all the photographs you would NEVER want online, despite you trying your best to look good that night and the fact every phone has a high-tech camera on it nowadays. What's the problem, why do they come out so terribly? Isabel will tell you.

It truly is up to the photographer AND the model to work at to get that perfect shot, the kinds that fill this book, and in order to learn how to rock those photographs you usually run to untag yourself from on Facebook, you should start easily and simply by learning exactly "How to Pose for the Camera."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: How to Pose for the Camera
-Author/Photographer: Isabel Shirley
-Models/Contributors: Gloria Shirley, Elinor Shirley
-Format: Softcover, first edition, third printing
-Condition: Nearly mint
-Publisher: AMPHOTO, NY
-Copyright: 1965 Isabel Shirley
-Date published: 1965--1971
-Provenance: Picked this up at a humongous and strange antiques store on a road trip through Connecticut, where it was buried under many old/vintage cameras in a cool corner of the basement of the warehouse-barn type place. This was this October '16.
-Pricing: This was priced this way because there are no other copies of this specific book available. The book hardly comes up online without some searching, though there are two copies that do - they are a different edition, however, with a green cover, and so this has a different layout of pictures and color on the cover, so it looks entirely different and is updated as the only later printing, a much rarer edition.

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