Synopses & Reviews
Renowned photographer George Lange's work is guided by one simple truth: An unforgettable photograph is not about what the subject looks like, but what it feels like. In this entirely new kind of photography guide, written by Mr. Lange and Scott Mowbray, magazine editor and longtime amateur photographer, the rest of us will learn how to take photographs that don't just document life but celebrate it.
No fancy equipment required. Just hundreds of simple, inspiring ideas and lessons--each one illustrated with a photograph--organized around the six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. (Here's one: Shoot the Moment, Not the Subject.)
Here's why to shoot in natural light--always. The fun of putting babies in surprising places. How to get intimate with food. Using a dramatic sky as your backdrop. The benefit of learning to know the light in every room of your house. Shooting hands or feet instead of faces. How to move past the "I was here" postcard effect. How to catch the in-between moments. Because in the end, it's about living the moment, shooting the moment--and being in the moment forever.
"This approachable volume invites photographers of all skill levels to step up their game through creative challenges, such as 'Shoot the Moment,' 'Move Your Eye,' 'Feel the Rhythm,' and 'Embrace Intimacy.' Each of the titular 'ideas, tips and secrets' then uses for reference a shot taken by Lange himself, whose work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, the New York Times, and other publications. Lange's candid approach deserves credit for humanizing picture taking by deliberately emphasizing the medium's poetic possibilities over its technical aspects. The book's conversational tone makes for an enjoyable read. Under the 80th of his 226 tips, Lange discusses his image of four girls jumping off a lifeguard stand 10 feet above the sand, admiring how one 'is hanging back, having her own moment, afraid to make the leap,' thus giving 'the fearlessness of the others more impact.' This charming book provides a fresh approach and offers assignments for those new to the craft. The book will also appeal to seasoned photographers looking for new ways to capture the moments around them in a more meaningful and personal way. More than 300 photos. Agent: Mark Reiter, Reiter Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
George Lange has been taking photographs all his life. His work has appeared in many major magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine
; Entertainment Weekly
; and more, as well as newspapers—The New York Times
, USA Today
—and in ad campaigns for Seinfeld
, Good Morning America
, and all the shows for The Learning Channel. He lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado.
Scott Mowbray, now the editor of Cooking Light, is a serious amateur photographer and longtime Time Inc. editor. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and Louisville, Colorado.