Mamarazzi
Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids
By Stacy Wasmuth
Publisher: Wiley
Released: March 2011
Pages: 288

Mamarazzi [mah-muh-raht-tsee] (noun, plural): Mothers who doggedly pursue opportunities to take, share and display photographs of their children

If you just can't put the camera down when the kids are around, you're a card-carrying member of the mamarazzi. Chronicling childhood in photos is meaningful, fun—and sometimes, frustrating enough to make you turn to cupcakes for comfort. How do professional photographers do it?

One of them tells you in this book. Here are professional secrets for getting great photos of kids — pictures that not only capture childhood's magical moments, but also the singular nature of your child's personality. Charge up your camera battery and start reading!

What every mom with a camera should know

  • Techniques for capturing genuine expressions instead of cheesy smiles

  • Tips for every age and stage — yes, even toddlers and teens!

  • Photography basics — composition, lighting, exposure, focus, and white balance

  • Camera settings and lenses, plus techniques you can use with any type of camera

  • Why the experience matters more than the perfect shot

  • Effects you can create with different lighting techniques

  • How to pick ideal locations for taking pictures

  • Simple editing tips to make your photos even better

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