Tuesday, January 31, 2012

REVIEW: Photographing Children Photo Workshop Second Edition by Ginny Felch

Photographing Children by Ginny Felch is basically a text book format written for the beginner who wants the A to Z info how to use their camera, compose shots, get shots of a children, and process those photos in Photoshop (including Elements). It’s 268 pages are dense unlike your typical photography books which are usually mostly just photos. In this respect it is good and certainly a lot more detail oriented than Mamarazzi (a children's photography book I reviewed earlier this year).  However, both books target a different type of audience and learning style.

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For those who like to just learn concepts in digestible but meaningful chunks, I still think my Which Books Should I Read? is the still the best route to go. For the busy mom who just wants bits of help for those rare times she can actually read a book then Mamarazzi is probably still a good choice. However, Photographing Children is the book for the self-study types who want to take a class but who just don’t have the time.

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What makes this book different than most books is that it actually features assignments and it assumes you know nothing. I think some busy parents who are intimidated by photography might find this approach helpful.  The process of going through this book as a couple could be a fun adventure for new parents looking to get some shots like those featured in this article of my kids and those featured in GInny’s book.

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Caterpillar Girl
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Conclusion

A good chunk of the people I interact with are either engineers or pro photographers, so this isn’t a book I’d typically recommend for them. Instead, I think this is a good book for those who are looking for an A to Z approach to getting better photos of their kids (excluding the process of getting a new camera – see here).

As a side note, for those who are wanting to improve the shots they get of their kids without making the big leap into investing into an expensive DSLR system, I think the Fuji X10 might be a good tool to help you get the shot (excluding sports) where your main objective is just nailing the composition.

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