Capturing Memories: Your Family Story in Photographs

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Author Maureen Taylor starts at frame one, reviewing gear and gadgets for both film and digital cameras (including digital video and printers) and giving photographers helpful (and $-saving) tips on what and how to buy. Then its on to taking pictures, with practical advice on improving photo composition, avoiding common errors, lighting, backgrounds, and even how to keep the photographer from getting left out of all the pictures. She also touches on topics of particular interest to family historians, such as ...

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Overview

Author Maureen Taylor starts at frame one, reviewing gear and gadgets for both film and digital cameras (including digital video and printers) and giving photographers helpful (and $-saving) tips on what and how to buy. Then its on to taking pictures, with practical advice on improving photo composition, avoiding common errors, lighting, backgrounds, and even how to keep the photographer from getting left out of all the pictures. She also touches on topics of particular interest to family historians, such as photographing gravestones, family heirlooms, and old documents, as well as ethical and legal concerns when posting photographs on the Internet. Throughout, Taylor emphasizes how family photographers can take advantage of new technology and websites to get family photos out of the shoebox and into the hands of people who will love them as much as they do.

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Recently featured in the PBS documentary At Close Range, Sartore has photographed stories about gray wolves, the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, and the wilds of Brazil's Pantanal. For nearly 20 years, however, he has also been documenting his own family. Here, he shares how he took some of the best pictures, breaking down photography basics, then applying the principles to each photo in the book. In a personal style, Sartore elucidates picture composition, stresses the importance of a photo's background, identifies the best times of day to shoot, and reveals the surprising conditions that provide dramatic light. Sections on how to choose and use a camera, build a proper archive, and make better prints round out this fine book new. Taylor, an expert on history, genealogy, and photography, takes a different approach by focusing on documentation rather than art??. In addition to information on gear and gadgets, she advises on photographing gravestones and old documents, not to mention the ethical and legal concerns of posting family photos online. Both books are recommended for public libraries.
—Daniel Lombardo

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Meet the Author

Author Maureen A. Taylor, of TaylorandStrong.com, is the author of several books on genealogy and photography, a contributing editor to Family Tree Magazine, and a Westwood resident. Her love of history has inspired this enticing town history for residents and visitors alike.

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