04 May, 2011 | Posted by: st

Book review
by Joe Stanski

PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN – Photo Workshop by Ginny Felch and Allison Tyler Jones, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
This is a workshop “how to” book about photographing children. It begins (Chapter 1) with a comment about being inspired when photographing children and I was inspired. These two very professional photographers have put together a book that was definitely inspired by their own children as well as their clients’ children.
In Chapter 2 there’s a brief explanation of “The Look of A Photograph” and its technical side – brief, but enough, with such subjects as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, and using the different modes on the digital camera to get what you want.

Chapters 3 and 4 deal with Light – Seeing the Light and Manipulating the Light. Here we learn quite a bit about available light (“Sweet Light, Reflections and Shadows, and Soft Light) and artificial lighting (Flash, Bouncing Flash, Reflectors, Light Temperature, and Basic Studio Lighting (one-light setup, metering, etc.)

Then we come in the real meat & potatoes of this book with Chapters 5 Composing, Chapter 6 What’s Your Style, Chapter 7 Evoking Expression and Emotion, Chapter 8 Ages, Stages, and Groups and Chapter 9 Equipment for the children’s Photographer. With these chapters, both authors show and tell us with examples, illustrations, tips, notes and quotes from other professional photographers, just how to get the best children’s photographs, while optimizing both their equipment and their environment. If all you do is buy this book for the photos, you’ll have gotten a deal.
These are professional photographers, and they did it right by not only showing us what the images should look like, but giving us (teaching us) assignments at the end of each chapter to help us, get it right. ( Assignments Website: www.pwassignments.com )

The final chapter Post-Production and Presentation illustrates a general workflow within a image-editing software with basic retouching, color, black and white, cropping tips and some storyboarding with different presentation options of the images.
I was impressed with the photographs in this book because, the authors found the formula for capturing the spirit and innocence of their subject, whether they were, mother and child, just child,
just babies, or dad and child as well as family. They got it, and you’ll have it, if you purchase this wonderful book about photographing children.
I highly recommend this book to any stock photographer or their family. Photographing Children – Photo Workshop by Ginny Felch and Allison Tyler Jones, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.,http://support.wiley.com - ISBN-13: 978-0470114322, Book price: $29.99 – Amazon Price: $18.89

Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for
the last twenty-five years. He has published in many
ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a
schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa. browncow108[at]lisco[dot]com


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