Based on the idea that it's not what a picture looks like but what it feels like that makes it good, this is a book that manages to be both practical and inspiring. Organised around six key ideas (Shoot the Moment; See the Light; Feel the Rhythm, and so on), it forces readers to see, not just shoot - and it will do it by walking them through the ideas, the techniques and then the projects, all laid out in graphic, beautiful, instructive way: Read about the technique, see it in practice in one of Lange's photos, and then learn how to replicate it yourself. Underneath it all lies Lange's real message: 'The more you appreciate how special each moment is, and see how you can capture its meaning and its mysteries, the better your pictures will be. The moment you appreciate how special it is that you're all together on the beach, or at a two-year-olds birthday party, or that light is pouring through your bedroom onto the bed where your wife is resting is the point at which your photograph becomes a testament to your way of seeing the world'.
About the Author
George Lange has been taking photographs all his life. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he began his career working for Annie Leibovitz and Duane Michals, and went on to shoot for many major magazines, national newspapers, entertainment studios, and corporations. Today he is best known for his commercial still and motion work.
"For anyone who's dreamed of capturing the perfect image . . . more than 100 brilliantly simple suggestions [and] . . . award-winning techniques."
"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."
"Turn to any page of this colorful volume . . . and you're practically guaranteed a game-changing idea or impactful tweak for bringing more soul, spirit, and life into your snapshots (whether you're using an iPhone or pro-grade gear)."
"Hundreds of masterful photos surprise, inspire and fascinate . . . The how-tos in this volume are not so much technical as philosophical, urging photographers to celebrate life--not just document it--through their photos. . . . In addition to its photography application, this book might also provide a good introduction for any budding human being (or photographer) to the ways in which love brings people together."
"Featuring practical wisdom for all skill levels, the book uses [Lange's] stunning photos to demonstrate points about lighting, framing, and, most important, how to train yourself to shoot the moment, not the subject."
"[The book's] common thread is helping the people behind the camera accomplish the ultimate goal behind all the button-pushing: depicting the world more richly."