Happy World Photography Day, book lovers! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before but back in the days before C. S. Literary Jewelry when I had a lot more time on my hands, I really enjoyed going out with my Nikon and looking for fun things to photograph. My favorite thing to shoot was portraits, especially at events like festivals, Renaissance fairs, and historic reenactments, but I also enjoyed shooting flowers, animals and pretty much anything else that caught my eye. In a lot of ways, photography is a lot like the Dr. Seuss book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. You just need to “keep your eyelids open and see what you can see.” In fact, the best shot I ever took, of a trumpet player leaning on a lamp-post in Central Park, was something I spotted while heading to shoot something else. I never made it to the event I originally intended to shoot but that unexpected moment more than made up for it!
I don’t get much chance to get out with my camera anymore but in honor of the day, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from my days as an amateur photographer.
And if you have an interest in photography, I recommend you check out this review of one of my favorite photography books, The Moment If Clicks by Joe McNally.
I could sum this review up in three words. Seriously cool book!!!! Joe McNally’s The Moment It Clicks is the best photography book I have ever read. A must-read for any aspiring photographers, especially anyone who is interested in taking amazing portraits, the book features tons of incredible pictures, many of which you will recognize from magazines. For each shot, McNally shares the story behind it and the lesson he learned from it. You get to see the creative process behind his work, both the times when inspiration and circumstance aligned to produce an amazing photo and the times when he was left scrambling and improvising. McNally also shares the technical elements of each shot… how he lit it, what he used to shoot it, and why. These details alone makes the book worth it and believe me, I will be absorbing that wealth of information for quite a while.
But even if you have no interest in the technical aspects of photography, this book is fascinating. With it portraits of interesting people, both in front of and behind the camera and its insights into the challenges, sacrifices, joys and frustrations of being a professional photographer, The Moment It Clicks is simply an amazing read.
That’s it for me today! Until next time, take care and happy reading!