Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer’s Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life
So you guys know that I like to pretend to be a photographer from time to time. My camera has been my best friend and constant companion, long before I met my husband and had our kiddos. Yeah.. we have some history, cameras and I.
One of my GREATEST faults when it comes to photography is that I learn just barely enough to squeak by and get the photos I want, and then I stop there. I wait until I am painfully deficient in an area for a shot that I want till begrudgingly look into how to achieve the look I want. I am far to embarrassed to say how long it took for me to learn to use an external flash, shoot in raw, experiment with exposure and so on and so on.
One of the things on my neverending to do list is to set aside some time to becoming a better photographer. That’s why this book struck my fancy. Sooooo… lets have a look-see!
About the Book
Turn everyday photos into stunning works of art, with this essential guide to photography
Featuring gorgeous phographs takn by the members the photography industry’s largest social network of female photographers, Clickin Moms, this accessible and gift-worthy guide provides both the inspiration and skills every photographer needs to capture life’s beautiful moments as frameable pieces of art—from breakfasts to birthday parties and first steps to first days of school.
With big, bold images paired with short, easy-to-follow tips progressing from elementary to advanced, this book is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike, covering equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, and advice based on photographs from over 100 contributors include these priceless suggestions:
• Channel the old masters—painters such as Rembrandt and DaVinci are great inspiration
• Anticipate emotion—watch for laughter and surprise
• Embrace harsh lighting, backlighting, dappled sunlight and shade and use them to your advantage
• Emphasize texture and seek out patterns—repetition can be striking and bold
• Shoot from unexpected angles—sometimes the best shot is from below, behind, or above
Clickin Moms is contributing 100 percent of the royalties from Capture the Moment to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation for the families of seriously ill or injured children near the facility where a child is hospitalized.
My Thoughts on the Book
So this book isn’t really a book book, so much as it’s a picture book. There juuuust enough text to convey a thought, or a concept, and then they pretty much let you go, delightfully bombarding you with gorgeous photos and inspiration oozing out of every page.
So this book is basically divided into six chapters, each one focused on a different aspect of photography: Natural Light, Composition, Storytelling, Fine Art, Black & White and Low Light. Each page features a photography tip (whether artistic or technical) paired with an image that has utilized that tip. Next to each photo you can find the photographer’s name, the type of camera used, and the lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The photos are so captivating that you can just stare and stare at them.. in fact, my toddler who is very much in the ogling at other tiny people stage spent HOURS thumbing through this book with me!
I personally love the idea of a short amount of text / info / advice placed directly across from the photo that illustrates the point. Simple, short and effective! Of course, some of the photographs used were not really the best example of the tip being given. But it was still enlightening and educational nonetheless.
Overall, the book is more a list of tips and tricks as opposed to a technical or instructional manual. I especially enjoyed the creativity exercises found at the end of each chapter – usually three or four, with chapter recaps and summaries.
I actually had fun trying out some of the tips in the book! Here are just a few of the images I created after taking up the book on its challenges!