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Rachel Devine is a professional children’s and lifestyle photographer, award-winning blogger, and superstar on Flickr, where her photos have earned more than ten millionviews. Her images have appeared in publications such as People, Parenting, Popular Photography, and the book Photojojo. Clients include General Mills, Fox Studios, phil&teds, and Target. While you will often find Rachel traveling the world with her camera and family in tow, she calls Melbourne, Australia, home. Visit Rachel at www.racheldevine.com.
 
Peta Mazey counts herself lucky to have a job that takes her around the world shooting photographs and meeting awesome people. When she’s not roaming the globe, she calls Wellington, New Zealand, home, where she lives with her family and the cutest little dog around, Ruby. She takes photos of adorable kids and happy families and shoots campaigns for commercial and editorial clients, including Bobux International, Cherry on Top, and Free Range Baby. Her photos have appeared in My Child, Studio Bambini, and Oh Baby magazines, and the blog Style Me Pretty. You can find her work on Flickr, her Facebook fanpage, and at www.petamazey.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Original edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817435808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817435806
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book shows in vivid color, in easy to understand narrative, and in detailed technical labels on each photo, exactly what you need to know to get the same types of effects I've admired in Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey's photography since discovering them on Flickr years ago. Just received the book today, and already finally understand what is meant by "framing the subject in a doorway" in shade, while standing in the sun to take the photo, because the book includes the portrait taken, along with a behind the scenes photo of Rachel taking it. As a visual learner, I will always see this image in my mind when approaching this scenario, while just reading the words wouldn't have done it! Yay! Lots of examples of many techniques, set forth in a compelling page-turner! Superb read, and reference for anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level!
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I am a photographer and I purchased Beyond Snapshots as a gift for my sister in law to help her learn a little bit more about her camera. However, once I got it in my hands and started to read it myself I knew I was going to have to keep it! Rachel and Peta take the most gorgeous, light-filled, and FUN photographs and they let you in on so many amazing tips and tricks (including, of course, all of the basics, too) to help you take amazing photos yourself. Seriously, I couldn't believe how much insightful information the book contained! If you are looking to get more creative and take better photographs of kids, loved ones, family, friends, dogs, whatever - this is the book you want. You won't regret it!
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Like many other photography technique books, the first section of the book contains the technical aspects of good photography; ISO, aperture, shutter speed, composition, etc. While others might just give you the technical details of a particular photo, this book stands out by taking the reader through the thought process of making each of those decisions. Why each setting was chosen and how it contributes to the overall effect. I found that extremely valuable in helping it all finally "click" for me. Also valuable were the pictures that show how a shot was set up, alongside the finished photo. After reading that section I immediately got out my camera and spent some time learning how to change each of the settings.

The second section of the book focuses on capturing moments in life, both the large ones and the small ones. The pictures are beautiful and inspiring and really challenge the reader to look around and see the beauty in life and capture it in an image. People who are frustrated that their pictures don't come out the way they want, and people who want to take their photography to the next level will all find something of value to take away from this book.
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I'm one of the "moms with a camera" who bought her first DSLR about 6 years ago to take better photos of her kids. I so wish this book had been around when I was learning to use my "fancy camera!" Although I've been using my camera in manual mode for a while, I learned a lot from this book. First, there is a lot of technical information, but it's presented in a clear, easily-understandable fashion. Photography terms are explained and "de-mystified." Second, and most important to me, there is a lot of inspiration to be found in this book. The authors do a wonderful job of giving you new ways to look at the world through your lens and inspire you to make photographs that tell a story. There are many wonderful photographs in the book that serve as examples and starting points for you to explore your creativity.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their technical skills or awaken their photographic creativity. It's an excellent resource!
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This is great! It is geared toward beginners, but advanced photographers can also use it! I LOVE the fact that it has the photographers' settings so that I could learn what combinations of exposure values I needed.
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I have a micro 4/3s camera, and was interested in taking better photos in lower lighting, and I'd just gotten a new lens to help me. So I wanted to milk as much out of the techn as I could. Since I have kids, and am often trying to photo them only to get stymied by blurring, I noticed this book during a search at my local library.

I have to say that the "camera settings" description was a bit basic. Good info for someone that doesn't know what ISO is, etc. And I didn't know much, so I was happy for the primer. Then when I got to chapter two ready for a deeper dive, then it started talking about how to use Photoshop. And then how to frame your shots. Then how to take pictures of people in love...

So it's a very warm and fuzzy book. I agree there is a very specific market for this book, but it doesn't include me (an engineer/nerd).
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This book is well written and easy to read, Rachel and Peta were able to help demystify every control on the camera. It feels like getting a private tutorial in photography--given in plain English. They present helpful photo examples for each of the concepts to show you what you are gaining/giving up with each choice you make with the camera. Best of all, they cover all different kinds of photography! There are so many different "mommy photographer" books out there--Beyond Snapshots gives examples and commentary on how to shoot better stills, landscapes, and animals--not just kids. Of course, they also have gorgeous pictures of their own kids involved in everyday life and encourage people to get out the camera everyday, not just at birthdays and holidays. I loved looking at the pictures because it reminded me that there are so many photo opportunities if you just look for them a little bit. This book is a MUST HAVE accompaniment to everyone's SLR.
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