Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author and Photographer: Jane Goodrich
“The difference between a snapshot and a truly artistic shot is a matter of composition,” Jane Goodrich writes in her book, Capturing Every Day Life – the no-nonsense, cheese-free, read-while-they-nap, easy-as-pie guide to taking top-notch, world-class photos of your kids.
This over-sized, thin paperback book has sixty-three pages filled with colorful, clear and detailed photographs with instructions, tips and ideas showing how to take pictures of newborn to teenage children. Since age four, author and photographer Goodrich has been taking pictures and is currently a professional New York photographer.
The book begins with a two page table of contents explaining the process of capturing every day life that surrounds us. After an introduction, eight chapters explain how to choose a camera, work with light, compose, select the best lighting and location, understand advanced techniques, and work with kids as it offers suggestions along with trouble-shooting common problems.
There are beautiful photographs of all ages of children on every page along with easy-to-read font in the understandable written paragraphs. Colorful sidebars have quick tips and solutions according to topic.
The reader will learn some advantages of the heavier weighted SLR “prosumer” camera with its “miracle triangle” along with different lens choices, megapixels, zoom, ISO and shutter speed features. By concentrating on the rule of thirds in composition, having a focal point, using contrast, leading lines and natural framing, if you keep it simple, give space, stay in focus and balance the elements, a complete piece of artwork can be obtained.
While mentioning sunset, sunrise, beach, park, playground, city, home and amusement park locations, if you give the child a reason for picture taking, allow him or her to goof off, add props or make distractions, play dress up, try role reversal and be patient, the captured memory will be cherished.
Although the chapter on advanced techniques is more intimidating, Goodrich encourages the photographer to try different camera features to get different effects. When in doubt, the information on trouble-shooting in question format at the end is helpful.
Prompting the reader to take a class on this hobby, the writer recommends using a professional photographer for those once-in-a-lifetime events when a perfect photo is necessary.
This book is a short, concise tutorial textbook for the novice photographer who wants to improve photographs of children and make them more stunning, eye-catching and memorable years later.
This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.