CLICK: A First Camera Book by Robin Forbes

CLICK: A First Camera Book

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Some pointers on taking effective pictures--enacted unselfconsciously by an offbeat duo of mime and pigtailed little girl (who might, or mightn't, be father and daughter). What's nice about this is just what's wrong with Nina Leen's similarly young Taking Pictures (1977): the suggestions encourage fresh, personal observation, speak to the young photographer's inexperience (and insecurity), and keep the picture-taking process spontaneous. ""Sometimes it's good to ask people if you can take their picture,"" a youngster is advised, ""but let them go on with what they're doing. Don't ask them to stop and look at you."" Accompanying is a serene shot of a boy, in profile, playing a violin, another of a girl intently climbing a tree, a third of some silhouetted figures scaling a chain-link fence. Different moods, different compositions, different backgrounds. ""What in particular catches your eye?"" suggests details, angles, patterns, and shapes. After a paean to white and black, ""Some of the nicest things to photograph are gray."" True, a child may just go out and snap (the technical guidelines are minimal), but it won't hurt--as it so often might--to have a look first at the possibilities aptly demonstrated here.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1979
Publisher: Macmillan