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How to Photograph Your Life: Capturing Everyday Moments with Your Camera and Your Heart Spiral-bound – April 1, 2003
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This book has a few simple concepts that will 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, take a lot of pictures (a few rolls at a time), and look at situations from unexpected perspectives. 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.
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! And check out ALL of Nick Kelsh's titles!
The entire book is divided into chapters about common situations that you are trying to photograph and gives some simple advice and suggestions about how to better capture it. Obviously not every situation can be covered but what he does cover will inspire you and give you new ideas about how to capture what you see and feel.
Sample chapters (How to photograph...):
People around a table
The first day of school
A hike in the woods
A baby's face
If you are the photographer in your family, do yourself, your family and friends a favor and read this book!
I would get lost in f/stops and shutter-speeds and light-meters and fiddle endlessly with my SLR camera. I bought this book after I had just sold my SLR and got my first digital camera, a Canon S50. My eyesight is not so good anymore and I wanted an easy to use point and shoot with some manual features.
After reading this book, I have been getting some pretty amazing pictures with my new digital camera. I shoot many, many pictures and come up close to the subject and a lot of the time, just turn off the flash. And the pictures that have resulted are the best I have ever taken (I love taking people-pictures).
Some 30 pictures I took recently of a little girl in a matter of about 45 minutes came out so good, her dad couldnt stop thanking me for the great pictures. To me only two of them were outstanding. Is this my new skill, am I now a terrific photographer? Pshaw ! I simply followed Nick Kelsh's advice and just came in close and shot many pictures. And some of them came out just great. Really !
I now have this book plus Kelsh's "Family" and "Baby" books. Enjoyed reading them and re-inforcing the advice so it becomes second-nature when I am using my camera. By the way, if you like shooting portraits, using window-light is absolutely the best way to go.
He illustrates his points by showing actual photos with mistakes and all taken by other family members and friends and show how each situation could be improved using the same amateur equipment. Fun to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book for the novice photographer. I haven't read it all yet but only browsed but I cannot wait to try some of the techniques.Published 7 months ago by Donna Reichle
Was a gift. Recipient said it was helpful in developing her skills. A bit dated.Published 23 months ago by Laynie
This book gives clear visual examples of how to improve the composition of your photographs. Bring your copy to a family reunion and everyone's pictures of the event will improve. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by LT
Nick Kelsh presents things in a way the amateur photographer can understand and put into practice. It is easy to read and refer to from time to time. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Laura Maguire
I purchased this along with How to Photograph Your Baby by the same author. The equipment is a little dated, but proves that the camera isn't the limiting factor. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by BuckyFan
What a great book. It is so EASY to read. It shows you bad pictures and how to redo them using his tips and boy what a difference. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book offers some great tips and ideas that are easy to incorporate into your normal photo taking. Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by C. Bensen
As a working pro, people often ask me how to take better pictures. I simply give them the guidelines Nick gives in this book, and then point them to a copy of it. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by I. Lozada