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Published by Amphoto Books on August 12, 2014
Genres: Non-fiction, Photography
Source: Blogging for Books
For parents (especially moms) with little to no photography experience who want to capture better portraits and photos of their families using any camera.Amazon •
What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier!
When going into this book I was expecting a how-to in capturing those perfect family moments, but this book is more of an at home studio session for parents. I’m not a big fan of studio settings and staged smiles, so this isn’t exactly the kind of book I was looking for. That said, it did have useful information for an inspiring photographer looking for a fun little family studio time (I have no idea how to get kids to LIKE studio time, may the odds be in your favor).
The book is in seven sections including Setting yourself up for Success (lighting, getting your family in the mood, using black and white photos), Developing a Photographer’s Eye (using shapes and textures, what to do in dark areas, using pics to tell stories), Everyday Life (Mealtimes, Sports, Bedtime, Saturday Mornings), Holidays, Family Portraits, Tweens & Teens (help us all!), and Family Vacations & Travel (including snow days and sunsets). It has “recipes” on how to get the perfect shot in situations and tells you the ISO, F-Stop, aperture, and every other setting you need on a DSLR to make the same shot. It also tells you what setting to use on a point-and-click camera if you don’t have a DSLR.
That is a kind of hit and miss with me. Yes, I like how they explain the use of the ISO and everything, but the “recipe” is going to be different of dozens of factors. Your never going to get the exact angle or light, or have the same camera and lens. I might be being a bit harsh, but I’m thinking beginners with brand new DSLRs using these “recipes” and just can’t figure out why their pictures still aren’t coming out right.
Overall, Your Family in Pictures is a good little book for beginners who want a photo-shoot and not necessarily the perfect candid shots. It might take a bit of time, and a LOT of patience if kids are involved.