You’ve got a great digital camera, but your family photos are no better than when you used a $10 throwaway. Get Digital Family Photography and learn what professional photographers know about capturing the heart and soul of the people you love.
We’ve seen plenty of digital photography books, but hardly any of them spend much time on family photography. In this full-color, oversize book, Michael Wright covers nothing but.
Sure, there’s the technical stuff. Bracketing exposures when your child’s in a scene with complex mixtures of light and shadow. Going beyond standard settings to use flash creatively. Handling difficult lighting situations (children blowing out birthday candles in the dark). Fixing imperfect pictures with software in your “digital darkroom.”
But the heart of the book is entirely human. How to become nearly invisible so you can capture your child as he or she is: pure, unselfconscious, natural. How to capture “moments” that seem as elusive as butterflies. How to take a full day’s worth of family photos: a “day in the life” portfolio.
And: how to take great action shots. How to bring the immediacy and excitement back into your sports shots. How to set up your own simple portrait studio (imagine the savings)! How to shoot babies, children, couples, groups, holiday parties. Even weddings. But don’t tell your engaged friends you’ve learned how. You might find yourself working instead of partying. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.