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Photographing Children Photo Workshop: Develop Your Digital Photography Talent [Paperback]

by Ginny Felch, Allison Tyler Jones
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March 4, 2008 0470114320 978-0470114322 1
While digital technology has made acceptable photos easy to achieve, this book is about taking exceptional photos that preserve the essence of childhood.You?ll learn to trust your instincts and your own unique vision and discover how to create beautiful photographs in a variety of lighting situations, all while sharpening your observation skills and learning how to involve your subjects. Plus, insightful tips on understanding what equipment is right for you will help you get great results when working with any age group.

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Learn To Capture The Image Of Childhood

Watching children forges a link to our own childhood memories, making us long to freeze the moment. While digital technology has made acceptable photos easy to achieve, this book is about taking exceptional ones — preserving the essence of childhood.

"I hope that in this book you find inspiration and encouragement to follow any urges you have had to make photographs that capture the spirit of a child."

  • Learn to trust your instincts and your own unique vision

  • Discover how to create beautiful photographs in a variety of lighting situations

  • Sharpen your observation skills and learn how to involve your subjects

  • Understand what equipment is right for you

  • Get great results when working with any age group

About the Author

Ginny Felch received a Brownie camera as a child, and her fascination with photography was born. She has earned acclaim for her children's portraits, several outstanding exhibitions, lectures, and magazine photos.

Allison Tyler Jones specializes in portraits of children and family relationships at her Arizona studio. She has co-authored two other photography books and is a respected lecturer on photography.

Product Details

  • Series: Photo Workshop (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470114320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470114322
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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115 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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I thought this book was a good read. It covers a lot of issues in photography and gives highlights and good advice on many areas.

I was disappointed with their treatment of depth of field, which is what is in focus. They claim that the aperture (f-stop) determines the depth of field, and discuss this for several pages. It is not until page 196 where they mention that focal length affects depth of field. The focal length discussion needs to be in the depth of field discussion. With a wide angle lens you are going to have a long depth of field, and with a telephoto, you are going to have a shallow depth of field. Many authors make this mistake and send amateurs on wild goose chases because they don't have the proper lens to get the depth of field they seek.

Below are the notes I took for myself from this book. I hope you find them helpful.

Shutter speed can either freeze movement, or cause blurring. The faster the shutter speed, the more likely to freeze motion. On the high end:
* Toddler roaming 1/250
* Kids running 1/500
* Child swinging 1/1000
For noise free results use ISOs of 100-400. Common settings are:
* Sun 100
* Porch light 200
* Overcast day 200-400
* Window light 400
* Indoor w/o flash 800 and up
* Stage performance w/o flash 1600
* Indoor sports event w/o flash 1600
F stop (aperture) affects depth of field
* f/8 to f/22 produce a long depth of field, meaning most things are in focus, this is referred to as shooting closed down.
* For a short depth of field that makes the subject jump out and the background be more blurry use larger apertures. Most photos in this book were shot between f/1.4 and f/5.6. This is called shooting wide.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Book April 7, 2008
Put this wonderful book in your shopping cart and hit "buy now" as soon as you can. I wish that I had had this wonderful tool twenty years ago when I was starting my children's portrait business. Each chapter really guides you through the tools that you will need to succeed in taking impressive images of children. If you take it seriously, and do the assignments, you just might start seeing things in a different light, so to speak. Whether you just want to capture whimsical images of your own child as he passes through the phases of childhood, or if you truly intend to make photography more than a passion, but a business, then this book will take you to your desired level.Every page will delight you with amazing images of children. The various contributing photographers offer individual treatments to their subjects showing you a variety of what is plesaing. Read it, work it, absorb it and find your place in this fascinating field. I can't get enough of the timeless beach portraits found in Chapter 7.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My #1 Photography Book May 8, 2008
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Having three daughters, documenting their childhood with photographs is a real priority for me. But I really lacked knowledge on how to take good photographs - I always relied on the auto settings on my camera and the pictures seemed so ordinary. In the attempt to learn more about photography, I purchased this book along with a couple of others. This book, by far, was the most helpful for me. I had been having a hard time wrapping my mind around the concepts of aperture and ISO, but this book really helped me understand! Each picture listed the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, which helped me see what those things were doing to affect how the picture looked. Also, the pictures were so inspiring and gave me tons of ideas on composition. The assignments at the end of each chapter were helpful in developing my skills. The book was very pleasent to read and it's definitely a book for parents aspiring to become better photographers! My only wish was that the pictures also listed what type of lens was used (so that I could buy it and have the lenses that the professionals used!).
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever children photography how-to February 22, 2008
Get this book if you have any interest at all in children's photography. The photos are wonderful and inspiring-- none of those cheesy, high-flash, heavy-filter shots so depressingly common in this genre. I am very proud to have a few of my photos included in this superbly-written and illustrated book. I've looked through others of its type and the advice is usually really obvious. Not so here. Even professional children photographers will learn from this book - I've been making my living at this for 10 years and still picked up a few things myself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 2, 2008
This book was wonderful in helping me figure out what I was doing wrong, and how to do it right. I have been a closet photographer for most of my life, and had been disappointed by many of my efforts, basically, because I didn't know what I was doing wrong or how to change it. When I had my son, I started taking pictures of him at a break neck pace, and while I got a good shot every 20-30 pictures, I was looking to better return on me effort. This book was the key to that. The pictures in the book are really beautiful too. I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing what is most important March 25, 2008
Capturing our children, or as a photographer another person's child, is really one of the most important things one can do. In doing so we are providing a legacy and memory for ourselves and future generations. This book does an excellent job of guiding the novice and the professional in how to best capture children as they are. It provides technical information but more importantly provides you with ideas and assignments that will challenge you to use not only the camera but your heart and life experience to take great images of children. I couldn't find a book that was this easy to understand and this encouraging when I was starting out in the children's photography business and so I was very honored to provide images for this book when asked by the author. There are many years of experience and a great heart behind the words in this book so I would highly encourage anyone interested in photographing children to read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I am still in the process of reading this book, but have so far found it very insightful, and useful.
Published 22 days ago by L. Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I love this book cause it has assignments and gets me out there. The info about each photo is priceless, and a big help to me, gives me something to go on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane B. Harrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book, and tips for capturing those moments in childhood that you want to remember. I like a less structured portrait of my grandkids, and have gotten lots of good tips from... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MadMaude53
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
I love this book. It has a lot of great ideas and help in how to get the looks you want
Published 16 months ago by S. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars A great source of photos ideas
The best of this book is the balance between the technical information and ideas for shooting, leaving from the commonplace. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Paulo Mauricio
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Money...Especially for a Beginner
The rating of books like this probably vary according to the skill level of the reader. Being somewhere between beginner and intermediary, I found this book very helpful. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Yvonne C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
Very good and interesting book. I learned alot. The website that they suggest at the end of each chapter to submit your assignments is no longer available. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Yoshi 09
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book if you already understand photography basics, otherwise...
I am really glad I bought this book, but it might not work as well for some as it did for me. In summary:

If you have a good understanding of the technical aspects of... Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Bryan Jacoby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
This is a GREAT book about photographing children. I have read many photography books in the past few months and this one is by far the best. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by Eileen Critchley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Baby Gift
This is an excellent primer on photography in general. But what better way to inform and bless all the precious moments that lie ahead for the new mom and dad? Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by H. Crozier
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