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QUESTION: Dave hi how are you Dave?  Where on line or in print could I locate the pose of a female as:  facing camera straight-on, her left leg as seen from viewer's standpoint is bent covering her torso so you cannot see her private areas; other leg is bent and extends out to the left side behind the other leg.  I saw such a picture on the cover of some old news magazine whatever it was-sorry Dave, as I don't know which one.  I like drawing the body-beauty.

ANSWER: Hi Nick!

I can almost picture the pose, but don't know which magazine it was from either! Your best bet would be to Google the phrase "model poses women" (in quotes). You'll see quite a few posing info sites in the results. And then click the "Images" tab at the top of the page. It'll give you more pictures than you'll probably want to scroll through... and maybe one of them will come close to what you're looking for.

Good luck with your search!



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QUESTION: Dave, who/where should I ask this question to besides person who knows the magazine well where I found the cover of the woman?  Thanks Dave.  Maybe this is a guy or girl who has worked with such material for years or has some such connection.  Dave this again.  Google just might do it-we have to know where to search and Google is a great start.

Hi Again Nick,

You may not be able to get a better answer from anyone unless you provide more detailed information. Far too many photographers have "worked with such material" over the decades for you to be able to narrow it down that way. About how long ago was the magazine published? Perhaps it was a photography magazine? If so, you could try posting a question on one of the many photography forums on the web. (Just Google "photo forum" to find a few.) But sadly, you probably won't get any useful answers based on the info you've provided so far!

I fear that your question is too general for anyone to be able to answer more specifically. Google Images is still your best bet. You could try different search strings as well. For example: "women posing on magazine covers"... things  like that.

But keep in mind that before the early 1990s, the Internet didn't exist for the broad population. Therefore, much of the magazine content published in the 1980s and earlier might only be found on the Web if someone has posted a photo or PDF of it. And that's why Google Images is still probably your best bet!

Best of luck with your searches!



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My specialty is highly atmospheric digital-infrared photography, and I'd love to answer questions about digital-IR equipment and procedures. I can also help people understand classic "old-photog" techniques (like "Sunny 16 Exposure" and "Hyperfocal Focusing")... which are still useful today. I can answer questions about processing, improving, manipulating, and printing digital photos with programs like Photoshop. I'm an inveterate tinkerer, and may be able to answer questions about making one's own photo equipment (such as DIY special-effect filters, close-up adapters, and pin-hole cameras); about doing super-closeup macro photography (film or digital); and about using older lenses on cameras made by different manufacturers (such as Nikon lenses on Canon bodies and Pentax lenses on Olympus bodies. I can answer general purchasing questions, such as "Can any of the digital SLRs use my old Minolta film lenses?" But as others have noted, nobody can identify the "best" camera for another person. That calls for extensive web research plus hands-on time in a good camera store. (But I can point to great web resources for doing this research!)


Over the past 40 years, I've used a huge variety of film cameras (SLR, rangefinder, point-and-shoot, high-end, fantastique-plastique, fully manual, highly automated, 35mm, 110, medium format, Polaroid, folding, even homemade pinhole). I've used digital cameras since the late 1990s (began when I was writing user manuals for Polaroidís digital cameras). I've also won juried photo competitions in the Boston area, and have exhibited and sold original prints. (Amazingly, my best-selling print was taken with a lowly 0.8-megapixel camera, and very carefully processed to print at 12x18 inches!) Iíve taught local adult-ed classes about digital cameras, Photoshop image processing, and better photography through self-understanding. Iíve contributed to Popular Photographyís tips and tricks column, and am currently writing a book about taking better photos through self-understanding.

Popular Photography (tips and tricks column), plus dozens of magazines and blog sites that have carried my bylined articles about computers, networking, information security, and eLearning.

Masters in Science Communications, Boston University, 1980. Bachelors in Mathematics, Denison University, 1970.

Awards and Honors
I've won several juried photo competitions in the Boston area, and have exhibited and sold original prints... especially digital-infrared landscapes, architectural abstracts, and cityscapes. I've also won multiple international awards in the technical-writing field... including a business press equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. And I've even written for Sesame Street!

Past/Present Clients
Winchester Recreation Department (taught photography classes) Jenks Senior Center (taught photography and Photoshop classes) Polaroid (wrote their digital-camera user manuals until they entered Chapter 11)

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