Gr 4-6-- Illustrated with bold, full-color photographs, this book guides children in the use of a 35mm camera. The major focus of the brief text is on the composition of pictures. Advice is offered on capturing on film people, pets, and vistas using flash and existing light in both still and action modes. The final section covers family albums, photo essays, and storyboarding with a view toward creating a book. A diagram of the workings of a camera is accompanied by explanatory text that defines technical terms. Evidence of Ancona's photographic talent and teaching ability radiates from every page. Young people for whom the cost of a camera, film, and developing is not an obstacle will record treasured childhood memories while refining their photographic skills. --Nancy E. Curran, Decatur Public Schools, IL
Here is a how-to book that instructs children in manipulating an automatic 35mm camera and composing shots to produce high-quality photographs. Inside, all of the full-color photography derives from two sources: Ancona's photographs of children taking pictures, and those same children's resulting photographs. Ancona's lesson begins with an overview of the camera, what film to use, and how to load it into the camera. Then he discusses taking pictures from different angles and distances, in indoor and in outdoor light, with and without a flash, and with posed and with candid subjects. He concludes with an example of a child's photographs illustrating an original story. Taken in pieces or as a whole, this is an empowering book that proves children make great artists and should be encouraged to use their creativity.