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Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Photographing Your Family

You know how you used to take lousy photos with your old film cameras, but then the digital revolution came along and you finally bought an expensive, feature-laden 10MP digital SLR and you suddenly find yourself... still taking lousy photos?

Yes, because it doesn't matter what kind of camera you have. You still need to learn a few hints and tips to use it properly. A photographer with good skills could get amazing images out of a pin-hole camera.

The wonderfully clear and simple new National Geographic book, Photographing Your Family, provides just about everything you need to know about taking great pictures of your kids, spouse, friends, pets, and whoever else you point your camera at. Award-winning photographer Joel Sartore offers his guidance and tips on subjects ranging from light to composition to printing. More importantly, on every page of the book he features examples of his own images. There is no better way to learn photography than to study the work of others. Sartore's accompanying text is easy to understand for a beginner, but detailed enough for those who might need a refresher. My 9-year-old son even enjoyed looking through it, and picked up a few techniques he can use right away.

So, stop taking lousy photos. Instead, take the time to learn a few things so you can start having fun with your camera. Photographing Your Family is the best book I've seen for helping the average person capture those special family moments that belong in a photo album. Highly recommended!


Anonymous dan said...

Now that looks like a book I could use. Far better than that "How to build a backyard nuclear reactor" book you reviewed last month.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Piseco said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I have a dream of one day taking non-lousy pictures with my fancy SLR, and this may be just the book to get me there.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous alli said...

Great looking book! Thanks for the recommend.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

We bought a Nikon D80 on Saturday for our trip to Argentina. This is exciting to me because my husband is actually a photographer. We have all the regular photo equip but we didn't want to lug all the film around. The cameras are so simple to use anymore and great suggestion on the books.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Ed (zoesdad) said...

Thanks, I had visions of purchasing a nice digital slr. I suppose I should first read the book and learn to use the cannon powershot I've got.

7:08 AM  
OpenID brettdl said...

Just. need. time.

7:39 AM  
Blogger ~Mone~ said...

Hey, how did you read my mind?!?!?

I could sure use that book. Yes, I've got a 10 mega-pixel camera and still doing 'point and shoot'.

Thanks, I'll have to find that book this weekend.

Love your blog by the way.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous a husband said...

This book looks good! It's good to see another one of those out there. I purchased Nick Kelsh's "How To Photograph Your Life" and that was pretty good too. This looks a little bit more in-depth than that one was.

You can find that one here.

11:43 PM  

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