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Camera Ready: How to Shoot Your Kids Hardcover – September 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789301032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789301031
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2000
As other reviewers have said, this is a photo album of the author's kids. The photos are wonderful and enjoyable. The style is relaxed, somewhat candid and mostly black and white. I bought the book to learn more about his technique. However, he does not share much information on how to achieve these wonderful photos. So, I plan on using the book and his photo style as inspiration and the trial and error method to achieve similar photos . Even though it falls short in technical information, I still enjoyed the book and I feel it will be benificial in improving my own photography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "hresnick5" on August 26, 2002
This is a fantastic book that I return to again and again for inspiration. Granted, there is not a lot of text, not a lot of "how to". But, as with anything one tries to do at a high level, photography is mostly art and not science. You can read lots of books with f-stop measurements, shutter speeds, etc., but those won't teach you nearly as well as looking at good pictures, and taking lots of pictures. Elgort's text provides the basics, all one really needs. By studying this book, you get the same lessons as Kelsh's book: Get Close, Study the Light, and Use Lots of Film. You don't get to be a great music composer by reading books on composition, you get better by listening to music and studying scores. Most "how to" photo books are like reading books on bicycle riding -- this book has you actually get on a bicycle and ride. In addition, Camera Ready is a beautiful coffee table book -- the subtitle "How to Shoot Your Kids" also gets a lot of smiles.
By the other reviews, I can see that this may not be a book for everyone: not for techie photographers, not for absolute beginners, etc. But with a little knowledge, this book can really help you with your most important pieces of photographic equipment: your mind and your eye.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
I love photographing children and found this book to be very inspiring. I purchase this book as a gift for every friend or family member who has a baby, and I always receive rave reviews. This book is about inspiration and getting your children to a place where they are comfortable and familiar with having the camera around. This way you will have candid photographs of your children where they are natural and unaffected - by capturing their true essence. ... By following Arthur Elgort's simple advice, my photographs of children have improved tremendously.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
this book will inspire you to take pictures of your kids. if a famous fashion photographer -- with a great sense of humor -- prefers to take candid pictures of his own kids than fashion models, you can do it, too. he also tells you which kind of camera to buy, the best ways to get your film developed and how to get over the fear that your kids are not as photogenic as his. a fantastic baby shower present, especially for anyone with an interest in fashion or design (it's designed by the extremely fashionable art director and photographer, steve hiett). if you have kids, you should have this book.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EPinPA on June 7, 2000
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I was looking for specific advice about "how to shoot" my kid (photographically). I did not get it. This book REALLY IS just a photo album of the author's own kids. While some people may be able to infer how to achieve great photos of their kids by looking at Mr. Elgort's photos, I needed more "how to" instruction. There is very little text in this book at all and I felt the title was misleading. If you are looking for excellent instruction on how to photograph your children (babies in particular) buy HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BABY by Nick Kelsh, a far superior book which I bought after trashing this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
More than a unique gift for new parents (I've given this several times), the book is an inspiring refresher for informal portrait photography, whether or not children are the subject. Moreover, Elgort gives us a visual lesson in loving fatherly attentiveness.
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