Coffeehouse Thread

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So how should I pose for an author's picture?

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    blowdart

    Damn, I should have gone with O'Reilly; then I could have had an animal.

    General Requirements

       1. ‘Business casual’ clothing.  What you would wear to meet a client.
       2. Author must look straight at camera.
       3. Look as natural as possible.
     
    What to Avoid

       1. Resting on hands or fists – this may look unnatural with just part of the hand showing when the image is cropped down.
       2. Inappropriate props – if you are using props please ensure relevance to your material
       3. Pulling of faces or obscene gestures.  You can be fun without being goofy.

    So no chinposin. Damnit.

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    julianbenja​min

    Lying down on a conference table....  in a thong.

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    blowdart

    julianbenjamin said:
    Lying down on a conference table....  in a thong.
    Nice. Gold and sparkly, or is that too much?

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    TommyCarlier

    blowdart said:
    julianbenjamin said:
    *snip*
    Nice. Gold and sparkly, or is that too much?
    2 possibilities: either pose like David Brent would pose, or like your current avatar.

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    Dr Herbie

    blowdart said:
    julianbenjamin said:
    *snip*
    Nice. Gold and sparkly, or is that too much?
    Props? You're allowed props?

    Dearstalker & pipe + copy of something by Proust under one arm?

    How about pointing at the horizon like a male model in a catalogue?

    Are stuffed animals classed as 'inappropriate'?

    Oh, and what's the book? It might help with suggestions if we knew the topic.


    Herbie

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    alexmac

    Dr Herbie said:
    blowdart said:
    *snip*
    Props? You're allowed props?

    Dearstalker & pipe + copy of something by Proust under one arm?

    How about pointing at the horizon like a male model in a catalogue?

    Are stuffed animals classed as 'inappropriate'?

    Oh, and what's the book? It might help with suggestions if we knew the topic.


    Herbie
    What is your book about?

    I take it its somehting like a Wrox book. I dont think you can win with a pic like that which is great news for your "mates" (still how many books have they written..)

    I would suggest this is a bit serious lol:

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    wisemx

    I was in a bookstore in Lubbock Texas years ago and an old man pointed something out to me:.

    "Look at the Authors on those books" he said...

    I looked but didn't notice anything unusual.

    "None of them are smiling"  "Why not?" "Are their topics inspiring? Their books enjoyable?"
    "If you ever Author a book, Smile for the cover picture.Big Smile

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    Bas

    Damn, as soon as I read the subject I wanted to suggest the chinpose. That always makes me giggle.

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    harumscarum

      1. Resting on hands or fists – this may look unnatural with just part of the hand showing when the image is cropped down.

    Any other way would be futile

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    julianbenja​min

    blowdart said:
    julianbenjamin said:
    *snip*
    Nice. Gold and sparkly, or is that too much?
    Depends on what's gold and sparkly.  I'd only "gold and sparkly"-fy those parts you want to call attention to.

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    tfraser

    I cannot agree more with wisemx. You immediately know when you see a smiling author on the cover of a book that they are passionate about its topic, and there is nothing worse than reading a book by someone who doesn't care for what they are talking about.

    As for poses, these ones work well if you can pull them off:

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    Regarding the chin-on-fist pose, don't discount it entirely as it is a proven performer:

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    mistershades

    How about in a dinner jacket, surrounded by the Girl Geeks in bikinis? 


    Or would that count as props?

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    Dr Herbie

    Of course, you're going to post a copy of the final picture, aren't you, blowdart?

    Herbie
    Big Smile

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    blowdart

    Dr Herbie said:
    Of course, you're going to post a copy of the final picture, aren't you, blowdart?

    Herbie
    Big Smile
    I may post all of the attempts; if you're "lucky"

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    mistershades

    blowdart said:
    Dr Herbie said:
    *snip*
    I may post all of the attempts; if you're "lucky"
    Actually, I think this is begging for a Photoshop mock-up.

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    alexmac

    mistershades said:
    blowdart said:
    *snip*
    Actually, I think this is begging for a Photoshop mock-up.
    How about:

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    blowdart

    alexmac said:
    mistershades said:
    *snip*
    How about:

    Big Smile Much hilarity

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    jason818_25​3.33

    SHEL SILVERSTEIN go bear foot

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