Photographing Men: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography
Author: Jeff Rojas
There are numerous books that cover photographing women but not many options for one describing how to photograph men. Jeff Rojas provides an excellent book on this subject. He divides the topic into three parts. The first, and in my option his strongest section, is analyzing the subject. Rojas uses the classical body types of ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph (skinny, athletic, and heavy) combined with facial shape to describe each client. He seems to assume that most men want to look like the athletic type (probably correctly) so describes how to hide the flaws that keep the bulk of us from looking that way.
His second sections covers styling and posing. He provides information on how men’s clothing should fits and some ways to compensate for ill-fitting outfits. Next are sections on standing, sitting and lying poses. His poses give a good starting point for building the best look for an individual subject. These have less emphasis on corrective posing to hide the flaws he describe in section one and more emphasis on fashion/commercial type shots. It would have been helpful to continue the discussion he began in the first part of the book on how to hide flaws.
Rojas finish with examples of lighting setups. He includes a basic description of equipment and light before tackling the lighting diagrams. These are divided into examples of those useful for portrait, commercial, or fashion purposes. He does say that the styles can be mixed as needed. I think the diagrams are presented in a way that can be duplicated by a photography reasonable familiar with studio lighting.
The title only promises information on portrait and fashion photography, and I think he delivers well on that. For the average photographer, more information on how to do simple, basic headshots would be useful. I would also have liked information on how to artfully incorporate the character in some faces that he calls flaws and tries to hide. That may be the difference in an image for the client and an image the photographer likes.