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tips and techniques for family photography :: review + giveaway

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When I first started playing around with photography in college, there weren’t many websites that offered resources like you can find today. You can find a wide variety of tutorials online these days but it often takes a long time to comb through all of the mounds of information and – let’s face it – it’s not all great information. At a time when anyone can write up a quick tutorial that may or may not be accurate, it’s nice to have some respected and trusted sources. Design Aglow certainly fits the bill for that! For the past several years Lena Hyde has been working hard to bring quality content to Design Aglow readers and has built a community of amazing photographers and designers who are always working to help inform, teach and inspire photographers – beginners, amateurs, and professionals.

Design AglowThe Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography does not disappoint. It’s full of so many beautiful, clean images that the first time I read the book, I didn’t read a word. I found a nice sunny spot in the yard and while I listened to my children laugh and play, I simply took time to look carefully at the images and found myself smiling at all of the lovely. Later I curled up on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and a blanket (I love how spring days are warm and evenings still have just a bit of chill, don’t you?) and read the book from cover to cover. It was easy to read in one sitting, but full of enough information that there was no way I could really take it all in at once. This is a fabulous resource book to keep coming back to over and over again. It has some great beginner tips like make sure to pay attention to what’s in the background as well as some more in depth information about unique angles and special lenses.

Design AglowThe book is divided into 4 categories (Newborns & Babies, Children, Siblings, and Families) and helps the photographer identify great moments to capture and how the shot was set up. Each photograph shown includes information about the camera settings used for the photograph as well as any important information like light sources or post-processing. In the pages of this book, you’ll find out not only how to technically take pictures but how to interact with your subjects so that you get the most natural smiles and poses possible.

This book will certainly be an asset to photographers of any skill level, from a mom with a camera to a professional and in between. It will not only tell you how to recreate some of these same images but hopefully inspire you to think about how the images were created so that you can use what you’ve learned to make your own unique works of art.

Design Aglow Posing Guide for Family Portrait Photography :: $21.99 {$13.75 on Amazon at time of review}

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  • Tandi Cortez-Rios
    April 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    My favorite pictures are the ones that aren’t plan, they catch the true poses.

  • Diana Hatch
    April 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I like taking candid shots

  • Joana A
    April 18, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I love to take any pictures of my kids

  • Emily M
    April 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I love taking portraits.

  • gala
    April 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    pictures of my kids and nature

  • cas p
    April 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    love family pictures with everyone in it

  • samantha
    April 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I love taking lifestyle family portraits

  • Baylie Fullmer
    April 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I love taking children’s portraits. I love working with all of the different personalities.

  • Brutus Duffy
    April 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I love taking pictures of animals, especially my dogs and cats.

  • Kayla
    April 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I love any portrait photography!

  • Nannypanpan
    April 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Pictures of my kids

  • heather
    April 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I love taking pictures with black and white film it is my favorite.

  • Emi
    April 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Pictures of our kids are my favorite kind to take.

  • Dominika
    April 7, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Now all that we seem to take are pictures of our daughter 🙂

  • shana
    April 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I like to take random group shots so I get as many people in the picture as I can. Then I can crop & edit people I want to use in other content.

  • alesha ol
    April 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Casual, kiddie, pet oriented

  • amanda onstott
    April 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    i love taking newborn photos (when i’m not taking pictures of my own children…which are my absolute favorite!}

  • Janice Auna
    April 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I like family pictures 🙂 ANd of kids while they are playing.

  • Nichole
    April 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I like to take portraits of my loved ones (especially my kids!).

  • Jill A. Collins
    April 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Any picture I can take on vacation! I really would love to win this book since my husband took up photography a few months back and has thrown himself into learning anything he can get his hands on. It would be a wonderful gift for him!

  • Anne N
    April 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I don’t think the question is right. I like the California Sister. Also, I like to win this to help improve my family photo taking!

    • Bridget
      April 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Thanks for catching that! My mistake!

  • Patricia
    April 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I like the owl monogram.