- 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: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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."
— GINNY FELCH
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.
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You'll be introduced to the rule of "thirds," if you're not already aware of it. This rule alone can make a world of difference in your photos! But do bear in mind that it may be broken at times...and with excellent results. You just have to develop an eye for composition, which books like this will help you with.
Additionally, you'll learn about lenses and the purpose of each, evaluating whether or not you need a camera upgrade, and using interchangeable lenses. There are assignments in this book too!
This book is also well written, in my opinion, using simplistic language, not photographerese. You will learn all that you need to know about photographing little ones...and not-so-little ones too. From there, you need only sharpen your skills: Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! And shoot some more! You will begin to notice lighting, lines, framing, backgrounds, etc. It's such fun!
If nothing more, the beautifully captured photos in this book (all of which bear the camera settings) will definitely motivate you to move on from a point-and-shoot camera and/or the Auto/P modes of your DLSR. You will enter the amazing worlds of aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual.
Unless I have NO time to adjust my settings, I usually shoot in manual now, with an occasional aperture/shutter priority, depending on the situation. To my surprise, I've captured some great photos using the information I've learned from this book.
Bottom line: Buy the book and enjoy yourself with your new-found skill!
I highly recommend this book to any avid photographer and aspiring professional photographer. I'd like to get more books in the photoworkshop series.
If you have a good understanding of the technical aspects of photography but need some ideas about how to create good photos of children (this was my situation) then I think you will like this book a lot.
If F-stops and the like are a mystery to you then this may still be a good book for you, but I think you'll want to supplement it with a more solid primer on the basics of photography.
There are just a whole lot of cases of wrong/ambiguous/confusing terminology and incomplete explanations in this book that could really throw a beginner for a loop. For example:
* Confusing autofocus with auto exposure with regard to effecting a shallow depth of field
* Confusing the effect of camera shake with an image being out of focus
* Discussion of depth-of-field and F-stops, with no mention of the impact of crop factor or the fact that many cameras with small sensors and/or slow lenses can't achieve shallow depth of field (seems this would be worth mentioning in the chapter on choosing equipment -- Also no mention of image stabilization.)
* In discussion of software the author covers basic packages like iPhoto/Picasa and heavy-duty stuff like Photoshop but does not mention the middle ground of packages such as Lightroom and Aperture which are likely the best bet for most of her readers.
Really a good book overall, I don't mean to sound negative about it, but if I didn't already know what I was doing with the camera I might have spent some time scratching my head unnecessarily.