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Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids Paperback – April 26, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Mamarazzi [mah-muh-raht-tsee] (noun, plural): Mothers who doggedly pursue opportunities to take, share and display photographs of their children
If you just can't put the camera down when the kids are around, you're a card-carrying member of the mamarazzi. Chronicling childhood in photos is meaningful, fun—and sometimes, frustrating enough to make you turn to cupcakes for comfort. How do professional photographers do it?
One of them tells you in this book. Here are professional secrets for getting great photos of kids — pictures that not only capture childhood's magical moments, but also the singular nature of your child's personality. Charge up your camera battery and start reading!
What every mom with a camera should know
Techniques for capturing genuine expressions instead of cheesy smiles
Tips for every age and stage — yes, even toddlers and teens!
Photography basics — composition, lighting, exposure, focus, and white balance
Camera settings and lenses, plus techniques you can use with any type of camera
Why the experience matters more than the perfect shot
Effects you can create with different lighting techniques
How to pick ideal locations for taking pictures
Simple editing tips to make your photos even better
About the Author
Stacy Wasmuth is a professional photographer and a mamarazzo who freely admits that photographing her own children may be her most challenging assignment. Stacy's client list includes celebrities as well as many not quite famous, but equally fabulous families and children. View her work at bluecandyphotography.com.
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This book was just what I was looking for and is a cut above the rest of the other childrens' photography books I have read.
* I like that Wasmuth talks *to* you, not down to you. She presents ideas and insight for pictures that anyone can take. She gives realistic advice for those who can't afford all the bells and whistles (and even those that can) and focuses on the actuality of how to get the best shot while still having fun. In fact, she empahasizes the point of having fun when you take photos. Even better, the book is not full of highly technical verbage. The book is easy to read and follow. I actually read it cover to cover because it was so well written and concise. The language is written as if you were having a conversation with a friend, which makes this book ideal for those of us mommies (or daddies) without a lot of time!
* The book is organized thoughtfully and thoroughly. Each section is separated into specific sections to give you help with lighting and composition, and she makes each chapter easy to understand and follow. The pictures in each section are colorful and bright and diverse--they are not just the same boring shot over and over again used to demonstrate a shot. Each picture is like its own story and this adds to the overall value of the book. You will be referring to the ideas over and over again.
* She gives examples on where to place subjects, where to take shots, what time of day, the kind of light that best captures the subjects, the importance of the rule of thirds, how to capture the spirit of a person versus just getting a "good shot" etc. This is the heart of what makes this book so awesome. It is an invaluable asset to beginners who want to go out and capture some great shots, but don't want to have to dig through a giant manual and minimalistic explanations.
She demonstrates how to set the scene, how to avoid common mistakes, and presents beautiful pictures that boldly demonstrate her points. I've had several "aha" moments while reading this book.
* I don't feel this book would benefit experienced photographers as much--but realistically, I don't forsee a professional, semi-professional, or even someone who knows a ton about photography would seek out a book like this to begin with.
This is one of the best photography books I have read in a long time. The information is helpful, insightful, and provides tips and tricks to capturing the heart of your subjects. I definitely recommend this book to everyone as a great book or even a gift.
Of all the books streaming along the bottom of this page in the 'similar items' category, this is the book you should buy. Why? For one it's literally PACKED with information--nearly 300 pages worth-- is rich with beautiful, inspiring, full color photos, and shares the camera settings and best ways to acheive what you see on the page. The book contains enough information that a more experienced photographer will find useful, but does so in a way that doesn't intimidate the newbie, which is a major plus. It also gives a fresh and modern take on what's happeneing in the photography world right now.
As photography does follow it's trends, I've found the many of the other books used images that many would consider 'dated' and generally old fashioned in feel (and not in the cool vintage-y way) which contributed to my overall feeling of being bamboozled. But don't be misled into thinking this book is simply trend either. Rather, imagine the analogy of stainless steel to kitchen appliances. Sure it's hot right now, but it will also never really go out of style either! The ideas are classic and fresh and totally inspire you to go out and shoot, believing that your photos can capture the same magic and wonder. As a side note, I was also suprised and super excited to find that throughout the book we're treated to tips and tricks from well known and respected photographers in the field. How cool to browse through the pages and find brief interviews with photographers whose work I've been following on blogs for years now! Overall, this book is inspiring and fun and a must read for every mom (even if it does wind up putting me out of business)!
the book is very well written in a style that is relaxed and easy to understand even if you're camera illiterate. i've tried to read so many "how to take better photographs" books only to have my eyes cross but this was so easy to understand.
i only wish i'd ordered this book earlier - to think, all of the photos i've been taking of my little baby for the past 3+months could have been so much better!
i've had the fancy camera, lenses, and a bunch of gadgets and gizmos and now i finally know how to use them to get the photos i was dreaming of!
i highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to capture those moments when you wish that a professional photographer was following you and your baby/kid around. even at the $16 price point it's a little more than i would expect to spend for a book that can be read through so quickly but it was well worth the price to finally make use of all the money i spent on camera accessories. it'll make a great reference manual each time i forget whether i need to change the aperature, shutter speed, or ISO to make that photo look better.
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