Friday, August 15, 2014

Your Family in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life by Me Ra Koh | Book Review

Your Family in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life by Me Ra Koh is an excellent guild for anyone wishing to be inspired in capturing photos of fun family moments that will last a lifetime.  This book isn’t the usual photography book where you get a lot of technical information.  It is reader friendly and offers some great tips on how to get some great family pictures that do a great job of capturing the personalities of the people being photographed.

Here is a brief overview of the Table of Contents for this book:

1.     Setting Yourself Up For Success (short info on lighting, etc.),
2.     Developing a Photographer’s Eye,
3.     Everyday Life,
4.     Holidays,
5.     Family Portraits,
6.     Tween & Teens,
7.     Family Vacations, and
8.     Appendix (she covers the different types of cameras, lens, etc).

By following her recipes, it does not matter what you and your family are doing, whether it is going out together on an adventure or simply making dinner.  There are forty recipes for using your DSLR to shoot some great photos.  If the book has a recipe for the shot then that moment can be photographed so that you’ll always have a keepsake of those memories.  I even found that most of the recipes can be applied to similar situations and lighting.  They are very versatile and easy to learn so you will be ready to apply the ideas to the captures those important moments as they happen.

I applied one of her recipes in the "Amusement Park" section to this photo taken at Universal Studios to get a shot that shows the playful nature of the subjects.

The I applied some of the information learned in her section on taking black and white photo's to improve this shot.

Often people will have family portraits and family vacations on display in their homes. Me Ra Koh’s words beautifully describe the tranquility and empowerment of collecting family memories. I enjoyed her straight forward writing styles and easy to follow photo recipes for capturing the picture family portrait for both DSLR and point and shoot cameras.   I tend to use both and like that she thinks about the readers needs by including them.

This book is a wondrous read for anyone who wishes to learn more about the essence and empowerment of photography in order to capture memorable moments in your family life that will last forever. Me Ra Koh has also written other photography books that can be viewed at the Random House website.  

Thank You  Blogging for Books for this review copy of this great book.

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