Capturing Life Through Better Photography.

Author:Rigby, Karen
Position:Book review

Tamara Lackey (author); CAPTURING LIFE THROUGH BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY; Lackey Ballard Productions (Nonfiction: Photography) $34.99 ISBN: 9780984445172

Byline: Karen Rigby

Aimed at the average novice or family photographer who is new to digital camera technology and who does not possess a background in film photography, Lackey's latest work presents a genial overview with an emphasis on portraiture. She ably explains f-stops, camera modes, metering modes, lighting, the rule of thirds, and related concepts in a spirited manner. Intended to demystify the manuals that often accompany digital cameras, the book does not venture into the origins or more technical aspects of the field, though occasional brief quotes and mentions of renowned photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Aaron Siskind, and others add a dash of historical intrigue.

The principles Lackey introduces apply to a variety of situations. Accompanied by Fun Facts, a series of "Try This" suggestions, two pages devoted to equipment and accessories, as well as tips for photographing sports events and celebrations under various conditions, Tamara Lackey's Capuring Life Through (Better) Photography is strongest when it encourages beginners to take risks. The discussion of composition and perspective is particularly...

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