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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709803
  • ASIN: B0002IA1J0
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

-Best-selling author whose previous books include Naked Babies, Siblings, and How to Photograph Your Baby

-Professional techniques that are easy to imitate by photographers at all levels

-Unique format featuring 9 detailed lessons with dozens of tips in gatefold portfolios

-Ideal gift for any member of the family and any occasion

Also available HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BABY

About the Author

NICK KELSH is a renowned photographer whose work has been featured in numerous publications, including on the covers of several books in the prestigious Day in the life series. He collaborated with author Anna Quindlen to create the best-selling books Naked Babies and Siblings.

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NICK KELSH is the author/photographer and brains behind www.howtophotographyourbaby.com.

He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota as the second of five babies of Bud and Joyce Kelsh. Nick learned photography on the Leica his dad brought home from World War II and knew he was going to be a professional photographer when he was fifteen.

First Nick wanted to be a war photographer. Then he wanted to be a fashion photographer. Then he wanted to be a photo illustrator, whatever that is. He finally attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked as a photojournalist for several newspapers around the country finishing with The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now he's one of the country's leading experts on baby photography. This makes no sense.

Nick is the author/photographer of nine books including Naked Babies with Anna Quindlen, How to Photograph Your Baby, How to Photograph Your Life, and The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson. He has appeared on Oprah! and The Today Show multiple times. His photographs have appeared on several of the covers of the prestigious Day in the Life series and in dozens of major magazines.

He is currently a partner in the Philadelphia-based graphic design firm Kelsh Wilson Design.

Nick's wife, Anne, is the second of five babies of George and Linda Morgan of Walton, New York. He has three sons, Chaz, Alexander, and Teddy -- the incredible, beautiful, smiling face on the How to Photograph Your Baby DVD disc.

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My hat goes off to Nick Kelsh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jim dopkus
Not one of the most profound books I've ever read, but for darn sure one of the most effective.
Mark Hanson
So don't wait -- get it, read it, and start taking pictures of your loved ones!
yarden

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amy on February 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book and Kelsh's How to Photograph Your Baby have changed my life. My pictures have gone from snap shots to compelling photos that show great emotion. His suggestions are so simple, but make such a drastic difference. Everyone needs this book!!! You will be able to preserve your memories so much better. Everyone that sees my photos are amazed that I have no formal training and I have even had parents pay me to photograph their children. The book is NOT hard to follow and you need no formal knowledge of cameras. This is a must have! Everyone wins!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By yarden on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has a few simple concepts that are sure to revolutionize the way you take pictures (as well as the way you look at people). What could be simpler than the tips found in this book? We can all get closer, turn off the flash, and take a lot of pictures (a few rolls at a time). And yet, with just these basic tips, Nick Kelsh assures us that we will begin to take photos that will be treasured as instant classics.
Kelsh's tone is encouraging, conversational, and assuring. He is part-professional, part-everyphotographer. He is equally comfortable with portrait photography and snapshots. He avoids technical jargon and sticks with phrases we all like to imagine in connection with our own photos: "the envy of all your friends," "compliments on your photos," "people will ask you to photograph their children," and so on.
The book is a quick read, and has stunning photos by professionals and amateurs alike. You'll love your first reading of it, and I bet it will become a favorite over time. I'm tempted to buy several copies to give to friends. So don't wait -- get it, read it, and start taking pictures of your loved ones!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Freklz on March 5, 2003
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This book has some wonderful ideas. However, it is pricey for the amount of information you receive. More detail would have been very useful. I bought 2 of his books - families and babies. One would have done.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hanson on April 27, 2003
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I've taken pictures as an amature for over 30 years, but my people-pictures have never been successful--all the family photographs on our shelves were taken by others. In the first chapter, the author explained what I was doing wrong in simple, non-technical terms. Sounded good, so I took my digital camera, sought out my youngest child and shot several pictures. My wife and son were so delighted with the result they decided have an 8-1/2 x 11 print of one shot framed on his wall!
The skill-level required to use the book is probably "you can read" The ONLY technical term the author uses in the book is in the sentence in the introduction in which he says he won't use any.
The book is relatively short: I probably took about two hours total to read it, and I'm a fairly slow reader. There are, however, a large number of photos brilliantly illustrating the author's ideas, and the tips are so good that the book was well-worth the price. After a few months I will probably have reached the limits of the data in the book and will want to read something more in-depth, but I never would have gotten there without this great jump-start.
Not one of the most profound books I've ever read, but for darn sure one of the most effective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an easy, entertaining read which offers a lot of no-nonsense, and very helpful tips for taking photographs. There are also lots of beautiful and very inspirational photos in the book. I would highly recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max Grenkowitz on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A must have if you really take photography serious.
I have been taken images for quite some time... and many times I was wondering: "Why isn't on the photo what I intended?".
Nick will give you no non-sense, honest answers to your questions, by showing and explaining the do's and don'ts... the technical layout of physically providing fold-out pages supports the idea of a tutorial, without having to page forwards and back through the book "to get the hang of it".
Nick states in his introduction: People seem to think that auto-everything means auto-everything. Many people do believe that all the bells and whistles make good shots, it doesn't, it will only capture (with all the bells and whistles) the subject you composed and pointed it to.
Nick also states: "Images that capture and convey your feelings come from the heart and the emotions - not high-quality optics and fine-grained film." Yes, it is that truth I like in particular. Take of the blinkers. This books shows you how.
It also claims that even watching a move will change forever, after you've read this book. Depending on your photographic state, this will happen.
I will give four stars for a really good book, and five stars for a book I will read over and over again. I have read it five times already. Still getting reminded of what can be done better... of what I have overlooked.
You do not have to be a family photo (wo)man. We all tend to take family photos for all occasions. These photos will be your most precious things. Nick stated this in his book, and he is right, as I could learn from the TV interviews from the recent victims of the devastating bush fires (in New south Wales, Australia, which claimed 150 homes). I saw ten interviews.
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