Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review ~ Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson

About the Book
The premier online community for female photographers, Clickin Moms presents a photography guide featuring big, bold images coupled with short, focused, prescriptive tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art.

Clickin Moms is the photography industry's largest social network of female photographers, boasting a booming members-only community of more than 16,000 professional photographers, aspiring professionals, and women passionate about capturing their families' everyday lives. This guide captures the spirit of the community by featuring a compilation of stunning member-contributed images paired with photography tips progressing from elementary to advanced, leaving no skill level unserved. By letting the images dominate and keeping the teaching points short and direct, the book builds on the highly visual appeal that has made the online community so popular. Covering all the bases, including equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography, the example shots feature plenty of inspiration for photographing children as well as other beautiful everyday moments. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, providing every photographer with both the inspiration and skills she needs to capture life's beautiful moments as frame-worthy photographic art.

My Thoughts

As a photography enthusiast, I was hoping to get my hands on something that would be simple yet technical, and help me along in my photography journey. Capture the Moment has done that. It’s filled with beautiful and inspiring images. From a purely artistic stand point ─ and as a lover of all things scrapbooking ─ I thoroughly enjoyed turning the pages and discovering precious moments in a child’s life captured in time. 

Although the book is easy to read, I took my time absorbing each section and planned on which technique I was going to try and emulate. I ended up choosing a few favorite images and then took my camera outside to see what I could capture.

I’m more interested in rural photography than in people, but I do have four pretty adorable grand children that I tried a few techniques on. My daughter even asked me to take pictures of my granddaughter’s first birthday two weeks ago. She and I both are pretty pleased with some of the images.

Aside from the hand movement on the right, I love this one!

Overall, this is a lovely coffee table book but not an in-depth instruction manual on how to photograph subjects. It gave me some ideas that stirred my creative juices, helping me to step out of my ‘rural’ comfort zone and into the people zone. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.    

About the Author

SARAH WILKERSON is CEO of Clickin Moms, which was founded by professional photographer Kendra Okolita in March 2008 and has grown to become the photography industry’s largest female-photographer social network. Wilkerson, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law, lives with her husband, three sons, and a daughter. Wilkerson teaches advanced courses on photography composition and creativity.

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