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How to Take Great Family Photos

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Everyone enjoys taking or looking at great family photos. It's wonderful to have an enduring record of cherished moments like a baby's first steps, a daughter's wedding, or the children having fun on vacation. Why is it that, all too often, the excitement of picking up our pictures from the processors is followed by a wave of disappointment? You really do not have to be an expert to take effective pictures. You simply need to learn a few basics and take time to practice them. Whatever camera you own, whether it's...
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Overview

Everyone enjoys taking or looking at great family photos. It's wonderful to have an enduring record of cherished moments like a baby's first steps, a daughter's wedding, or the children having fun on vacation. Why is it that, all too often, the excitement of picking up our pictures from the processors is followed by a wave of disappointment? You really do not have to be an expert to take effective pictures. You simply need to learn a few basics and take time to practice them. Whatever camera you own, whether it's a compact or an SLR, film or digital, this essential guide to taking great family photos offers easy-to-follow advice on getting the kind of shots you always wanted, including practical exercises to improve your technique and measure your success. And once the pictures are taken, there are top tips on organizing and displaying your photographs so that your precious memories last forever.
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  • ISBN-13: 9782880467463
  • Publisher: RotoVision SA
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Rogues' gallery 8
1 Getting started
How the camera works 16
Choosing a camera 18
Accessories 20
Film 22
How to hold your camera 24
2 Composition
Learning to look 28
Selecting a focal point 30
Positioning the subject 34
Posing 38
Framing the subject 46
Camera angles 48
Color and props 50
3 Lighting
Brightness, color, quality 56
Outdoor light 58
Indoor light 62
Using flash 66
4 Family subjects
Family ties 72
Babies 74
Children 78
Siblings 82
Teenagers 84
Pets 86
Couples 90
Grandparents 92
Family groups 94
5 Special occasions
Everlasting memories 100
Weddings 102
Vacations 104
Christmas and birthdays 108
School events 110
6 After the pictures are taken
Organizing your pictures 114
Processing and printing 116
Digital imaging 118
Building a picture story 120
Creating an album 122
Enlarging and framing 124
Cut out and keep: 20 questions to ask yourself 126
Acknowledgments 127
Index 128
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