National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot

National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot

by Nancy Honovich, Annie Griffiths


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In the age of smartphones and selfies, why not learn from the pros how to take great photos to share with friends and family! Here's a fun, fact-filled, kid-friendly guide that is jam-packed with all the essentials for budding photographers. From how to set up a shot and stage the lighting and from the best software to short assignments, you'll learn all the important photographic concepts and basics of equipment, lighting aperture, lenses, depth of field, and more. This wide-ranging book also has sections devoted to composition and photographing different subjects (animals, people, sports, landscapes). Before and after shots offer visual explanations while tips and photographs from National Geographic photographers are featured throughout, making this the best photography guide out there today for children (and adult beginners too!).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426320668
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 164,566
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Honovich is the author of many articles, short stories, and books for children, which explore a wide range of subjects from knights and inventors to animals all over the world. She works as an editor in New York City. Annie Griffiths was one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic and she has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. Annie's work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Merian, Stern, and many other publications. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association. She lives in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword Annie Griffiths 6

Be a Photographer and Share Your Shots! 8

How to Use This Book 9

Photography Timeline 10

Getting Started: Annie's Tips 12

Equipment Basics

How a Camera Works 16

Lens Types 18

Digital Cameras 20

Point-and-Shoot Cameras 24

Smartphones 26

Annie's Assignment: Find a Scene and Wait 28

Underwater Cameras 30

Video Cameras 32

Annie's Assignment: Turning Cute Into Candid 34

Film Cameras 36

Toy & Disposable Cameras 38

Camera Care 40

Hold it Right… and Focus

The Cure for Blur 44

What You See Is What You Get 46

Carrying Tips 48

Annie's Assignment: Create a Doorway Studio 50

Secrets of the Trade: Photo Editing 52

Fixing and Faking 54

Color Correction 56

Annie's Assignment: Create a Sports Story 58

What File Should You Use 60

Storing Your Photos 62

Showing Off Your Photos 64

Take the Challenge 66

Get Crafty 68

Seeing Through the Lens

Human Eye vs. Camera Eye 72

Autofocus Lens 74

Annie's Assignment Choosing Your Focus 76

Depth of Field 78

Shutter Speed 80

Capturing Light Quality 82

Annie's Assignment Balancing Twilight With Ambient Light 84

Quality of Daylight 86

Lighting Directions 88

Shadow Play 90

Annie's Assignment: Long Exposures 92

Indoor Lighting 94

Flash 96

Night Photography 98

Annie's Assignment: Turn a Flashlight Into a Photo Paintbrush 100

Secrets of the Trade: Tricky Lighting Situations 102

Your Best Shot

Composition 106

The Main Attraction 108

Framing Your Shot 110

Move In for a Closer Shot! 112

Annie's Assignment: Capture the Light in Their Eyes! 114

Backgrounds 116

Off Center: Rule of Thirds 118

Vertical or Horizontal? 120

The Secret to Storytelling 122

Capturing Details 124

Annie's Assignment: Let Patterns Lead Your Composition 126

Point of View 128

Make Your Subject Rule

Portraying Animals 132

Annie's Assignment: Wildlife in Your Own Backyard 134

Capturing People 136

Capturing Events 138

Annie's Assignment Photographing a Group 140

Secrets of the Trade: Extreme Weather 142

Shooting Landscapes 144

Capturing Travel 146

Annie's Assignment: Turn Your Vacation Into a Picture Story 148

Equipment Settings 150

Quick Tips 151

Glossary 152

Equipment Basics 154

Resources 155

Index 156

Credits and Acknowledgments 158

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