Book Review: Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer’s Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life, Sarah Wilkerson (2015)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Love the Creativity Exercises

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.)

According to its website, Clickin Moms was founded by Kendra Okolita, who wanted a safe place to talk photography with her friends. Over the years, it’s evolved into a “community of over 16,000 professional photographers, aspiring professionals, and women who are simply passionate about capturing the lives of their children.” Written (or perhaps “compiled” is a better word) by company CEO Sarah Wilkerson, Capture the Moment: The Modern Photographer’s Guide to Finding Beauty in Everyday and Family Life is a photography guide that couples tip and tricks with large, bold images contributed by Clickin Moms community members, thus capturing the spirit of the website.

Capture the Moment is divided into six chapters, each focused on a discrete aspect of photography: Natural Light; Composition; Storytelling; Fine Art; Black & White; and Low Light. Each page features one tip paired with an image for illustration; in some cases, the spread takes up two full pages. Along with the photographer’s name, each photo includes information about the camera, lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO employed in the creation of said image. The result is a photography guide that’s aesthetically pleasing, but sparse on text: nice to look at, but with a minimum of instruction. As a beginner, I found a wealth of inspiration here – but more advanced photographers may be disappointed (or outright bored).

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