I was so excited to receive Your Family in Pictures for the purpose of reviewing it! I’ve been looking for a guide that would help me become a better photographer, especially in taking photos of my family so I jumped at the chance for this book. Not only does it help explain technical terms for those not-very-technical-people, like myself, but it also explained the whys to so many decisions in capturing a moment. Me Ra Koh did a fantastic job sharing her expertise in a way that helped me really understand how to get great shot and what my camera settings should be on.
Each section of this book has sub-sections. In other words, under the topic of “Everyday Life” she has sections on “Outdoor Sports”, “Heart of the Home”, “Out and About”, “Bedtime”, etc. In these pages she explains the optimal times to photograph them, what preparations might look like and how it differs depending on what type of camera you are using. She talks about composure like framing and focusing correctly to get the depth and texture to the photo.
She also includes specific settings and examples of shots which are so helpful, especially when you are still unsure about the technical terms and what each setting does (I have a terrible memory when it comes to stuff like that). I’m just enamored with this book, it’s such a joy to read and peruse and I’m so excited to put these things into practice for our family.
Two weeks ago I tried to put some of her advice to practice as I captured my daughter’s first day of preschool, and again last week for my son’s 2nd birthday.
I am so excited by how they turned out because I understood more, in layman’s terms, why small decisions were so important. This book truly is one o fthe most helpful books I’ve read in expanding my photography skills.
If you are a novice in photography and especially if you have a family and want to capture moments throughout life, I highly recommend this book! It’s amazing!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.