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How to look good in photos has reviewed at onlinebook

I think the title of the book speaks for itself. 

How to Look Good In Photos by Kate Branch gives the reader tips on how to pose for a camera in any occasion - for casual, formal, kiddies (with the attention span of ten minutes), and group photos - to get the result you want. Branch teaches us how to pose for a camera, and what to do with our limbs without flailing like a fish out of water. It also lists various programmes available to touch-up the photographs taken without going overboard, especially with Adobe Photoshop. In addition to all of that, Branch also points out to the reader the quirks that we may not realise we have developed in front of a camera, and how to change it. It’s simple, really!

This is the first time I’m reviewing a non-fiction book. The reason why I read this book at all is that I am camera-shy due to all the insecurities I feel whenever I do (or do not) pose for a photograph, and thought How to Look Good in Photos might give some good advice. 

I was not disappointed.

How to Look Good in Photos adapts a light-hearted tone, with simple words and instructions (contrary to other self-help or how-to books I’ve read). This, I feel, is a very important point, because the lack of big words brings very clearly the point of the book across to the reader. It is, when compared to other non-fiction books I’ve read, relatively short in length, although I do not think that it is a shortfall. Its conciseness is what made me finish the book with relish - I feel like I learned a lot in a short time (it doesn’t take all that long to finish this book!). 

Of course, the pictures that come along with the descriptions helps the reader to better comprehend the tips. Her compare and contrast photos also prove that her advice does work. Like magic. 

In fact, while my camera-shyness doesn’t miraculously disappear, and I don’t suddenly become photogenic in the span of the book, it does motivate me to make myself feel more confident in front of a camera. And this, more than the tips and advice in Branch’s book, makes me love How to Look Good In Photos. 

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. But, since I’m no photographer or an expert in photography, my opinion on this book probably shouldn’t be trusted… I highly recommend it to anyone, even if it's just to pass the time, or to to laugh about some of the things we do in front of a camera that we never realise we did (and I mean this in the best way).

La daily press

I am very proud to announce that the LA daily interviewed me about my photography. I am super proud of this undeniable career highlight.

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Kate Branch, photographer and author of “How to Look Good in Photos: His and Hers Tips and Tricks,” said her wish is for everyone to have at least one good picture of himself. Here is her professional advice for selfies:

• Practice: It may not make things perfect, but it does make selfies better. Branch advises people to practice taking selfies and photos with friends in different poses. Professional models know their best sides.

• Lighting: Don’t worry so much about the backdrop and instead concentrate on the light source in order to eliminate shadows.
• Angles: The location of the camera matters. Selfies often can be taken at the wrong angle and capture double chins and nostrils. Face the camera at an angle so the chin looks its leanest.

• Capture the true you: If you love hats, then wear them in the photos. The more relaxed you are in your selfie, the better.

Selfies have put capturing snapshots more than within arm’s reach.

The social media self-portrait phenomenon has become a go-to tool for those who want to broadcast to the world where they are, whether that be in the car, at school, work, Disneyland or even in front of the Eiffel Tower.

When the Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed “selfie” as the word of the year in 2013, it solidified the trend, which everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis has gotten in on. A year later, there’s no sign of the practice disappearing as businesses, retailers and authors aim to capitalize on the selfie.

The latest to join in is Bruvion Travel & Concierge, a Los Angeles affiliate of Cassis Travel Services. For travelers who want to enjoy their adventures but still capture the moments, the company offers the Selfie-less Travel Package. It provides a social media assistant whose job is to find the right location, pose and angle the client and then snap the shot. The assistant also edits the photos and posts them online. It’s not a cheap service, costing $500 a day plus expenses for full-time attention or $250 to meet locally and spend the day working with a client.

But it also poses the question: If someone else takes the photo, is it still a selfie?

“Well, I guess it really isn’t a selfie, but it shows how selfies and social media have become so big in our lives,” said Bruvion partner-owner Jason Couvillion. “My business is a luxury travel company with clients who want to enjoy themselves.

“I know some photographers are hired to document some people’s vacations, so why not do this? Our assistant would act as a tour guide and help take some of the stress out so everyone can concentrate on the fun.”

“Social media trends come and go, but I think the selfie is here to stay. In fact, its popularity and use is growing,” Silverman said. “We love instant gratification and although most of the photos aren’t exactly an Ansel Adams, what they do is immortalize times with friends. Selfies and everything to do with smartphones and apps are now social entertainment. I expect to see a lot of ‘elfies’ with Christmas coming. Really, the sky’s the limit.”

Capturing memories with photos is far from new, but now the focus is no longer a photo of a person at a place, but simply the person, Silverman said.

“What we used to maybe call Kodak moments now are selfie moments,” he said.

Some critics argue selfies have become symbols of self-obsession, while others are concerned they may strain self-confidence levels as selfies invite not only praise, but harsh criticism.

“Selfies have positives and some negatives. They make us more aware of ourselves, but they can damage self-esteem if others criticize,” said Cheryl Pomer, a neurological systems analyst and CEO/creator of Leadership Physiology.

If used correctly, however, Pomer believes selfies can be a positive self-help tool.

“They also have one powerful aspect to them: The person has control. We have been bombarded with societal and media standards of attractiveness. Maybe these can help set new standards focusing on more of a reality and the inclusion of everyone,” she said.

There’s something about the selfie that is quick, easy, fun and nonthreatening, especially because one can always delete and retake them at will, said Kate Branch, a professional portrait photographer in Australia who just released her book, “How to Look Good in Photos: His and Hers Tips and Tricks,” here just click buy now.

“I really believe in the power of an image, any image,” Branch said. “If you capture a positive image of yourself, it becomes your own personal cheerleader and positive reinforcement. You will be unstoppable.”

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I am a born and bred Sydney girl ,a former model, author and photographer. I have been the resident photographer on a far away island (tough job), attached my camera gear to a large telescope at an observatory (biggest lens ever), worked for many years as a professional portrait photographer, written a book on how to look good in photos (exhausting) ,and I create fine art.

I have a BA in Fine art from UNSW. This training fine tuned my creative skills. My fine art work has been exhibited at at TAP Gallery Darlinghurst, The Australian Affordable Art Fair, St Vincent's Private Hospital Darlinghurst, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney, Cremorne Point Manor and Glenferrie Lodge Kirribilli. You can check out my blog for my recent artwork. I sell my work through Sattchi Art.

I am very proud of my book How to Look Good In Photos. From smart phones selfies, to professional cameras at big events- there is always a picture being taken. From the dating game, to the boardroom, and even your holidays. Images are captured so learn my tricks and look your best! These tips are from 15 years as a professional undergraduate trained photographer, and also my modelling (experience from many years ago).

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