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Social Photography Paperback – April 27, 2014
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About the Author
Daniela Bowker is a popular photo-blogger who, since she first picked up a camera aged 5, has been obsessed; she now shares this obsession with thousands of readers every day on the website photocritic.org (which she co-edits).
Her previous books for Ilex are Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible and Photo School: Composition (written with Michael Freeman)
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I've been even worse with my cellphone camera. I barely ever used it on my other devices -- and the entire problem was that I'd gotten used to using film cameras growing up. Once digital photography drove film cameras into extinction, I mostly quit taking pictures altogether. But I've started taking pictures for my job, so it was time to get back on the horse -- and this book helped out a lot.
This book is going to be most helpful to you if you're fairly well-acquainted with photography to begin with. It's especially useful if you're fairly accustomed to digital photography already, but most of what's discussed will allow even neophytes to catch up to the rest of the class quickly. Even better, it's easy to pick up some simple tricks you never knew about, and several that you never even dreamed were possible with a smartphone camera. I may not be ready to try long exposures, time lapses, photo layering, or anything requiring serious photo-editing skills -- but there are a lot more techniques, most of them quite simple, that I've started experimenting with. And I'm already seeing an improvement in the photos I take.
Possibly the most useful chapter of this book is the one listing photographers worth following on social media. It's not really an opportunity to name-drop -- it gives aspiring photogs some people who it'd be good to keep track of, just to keep yourself inspired and challenged by what the experts are doing.
As is mentioned several times in the book, the best camera is the one you have with you -- and nowadays, almost everyone has a pretty good camera in their pocket, ready to snap a photo anytime.
The photos are winners, the techniques are wonderfully outlined, and the text and layout make the whole book a fast and fun read. Pick it up -- you'll be glad you did.