Take Better Family Photos: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Capturing Life's Most Treasured Events

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Get the picture-perfect photographs you want -- of every special occasion and of all your cherished loved ones. Take Better Family Photos has the essential tools, proven techniques, and professional tricks to make taking candid shots and beautiful portraits a snap. Every good photograph tells a story. For families, the most beloved and enduring stories recall special places. celebrate milestone events, and reveal the people we love. Sadly, many wonderful family stories are lost to blurred images, background ...
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Overview

Get the picture-perfect photographs you want -- of every special occasion and of all your cherished loved ones. Take Better Family Photos has the essential tools, proven techniques, and professional tricks to make taking candid shots and beautiful portraits a snap. Every good photograph tells a story. For families, the most beloved and enduring stories recall special places. celebrate milestone events, and reveal the people we love. Sadly, many wonderful family stories are lost to blurred images, background distractions, stilted expressions, and totally washed-out faces. Now, you can get the vivid, lively, and truly meaningful photographs you want -- every time. Take Better Family Photos has the tools, techniques, and professional tricks to ensure consistently picture-perfect results. An accomplished photographer, Steve Bavister covers all the ins, outs, and angles in clear, non-technical language. For every conceivable occasion, setting, subject, and type of camera -- both conventional and digital -- you'll find step-by-step instructions and top tips for taking candid shots and portraits like a master storyteller.

Comprehensive and completely up to date, Take Better Family Photos begins with an overview of the world of cameras, with close-ups of 35mm (standard, compact, and SLR), APS, digital, and even disposable varieties. It demystifies the options in film, filters, and lens settings. What's more, it explains how to use a scanner and personal computer to expand picture-taking fun and possibilities. Since people are the stars of all memorable family stories, the heart of this book is devoted to the art of portraits. You'll learn expert strategies for getting people of all ages to pose and shine, without feeling self-conscious or looking awkward.

At every step, you'll find helpful Dos and Don'ts listings and "Jargon Buster" boxes, along with practical and creative tips galore. Each technique is fully explained with detailed how-to instructions accompanied by visual images demonstrating "Why It Works." Throughout, more than 200 beautiful, expressive full-color photographs provide inspiration and instantly usable ideas. With the guidance and encouragement of Take Better Family Photos, your own family pictures will tell stories to treasure for a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641965340
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Capturing the Image 8
Conventional Cameras 10
Digital Cameras 18
Lens Settings 24
Using a Scanner 28
Essential Portrait Techniques 30
Posed Pictures 32
Candid Camera 34
Environmental Portraits 38
Relaxing Your Subject 42
Framing and Composition 44
Lighting Matters 54
Poses and Positions 66
Facial Expressions 74
Character Studies 78
Clothes, Props, and Accessories 80
Capturing Subjects at their Best 84
Avoiding Distracting Elements 88
Active Portraits 94
Photographing Mature Subjects 98
Sequences 100
Alternative Portraits 102
Self-Portraits 106
Controlling the Mood 108
Babies and Children 110
Kids' Essentials 112
Baby Face 114
Toddler Time 116
Photos through Play 118
The Child's World 120
Teen Time 122
Couples and Groups 124
Composing Couples 126
Arranging Groups 132
Special Occasions 138
Celebrations 140
Ceremonies and Traditions 142
Weddings 144
Vacations 148
Digital Dialogues 154
Digital Essentials 156
Correcting Brightness and Contrast 158
Adjusting Colors 160
Black-and-White Imaging 162
Cropping and Changing Format 163
Artistic and Photo Effects 164
Vignettes, Borders, and Frames 165
Combining Images 166
Sharing Your Digital Images 168
Troubleshooting 170
Glossary, Index, and Credits 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    This is the information I was seeking . . .

    This book is giving me exactly the information I was seeking. It will support me well in improving my photography skills.

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