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Expressions: Your Behind the Camera Guide to Taking Extraordinary Photos of Ordinary Life Paperback – Jan 3 2007


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Donna Smylie is co-owner of Memory Lane Photo and Paper Arts. She is also the designer and co-owner (with her husband) of 7 gypsies, one of the most innovative scrapbook product lines on the market. Donna lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is a TEN! June 14 2007
By Teri Soares - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Congratulations to these two ladies for putting together one of the BEST books on heartfelt photography that I have seen. It's definitely centered on family life and children, so if you're looking to shoot landscapes you might want to go elsewhere.

Their new take on the 5 S's of Compostion and 4 M's of lighting are well illustrated with images and precisely detailed with words. Easy to remember, too.

The only way you could not benefit from this book would be not to read it! It's beautifully laid out, so scrapbookers will be inspired and equally well photographed so photographer will love it also.

Thank you Donna and Allison! When is your next book coming out?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
WONDERFUL! April 22 2007
By Jill M. Paulson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love, love, LOVE this book!! This is wonderfully inspirational! For me, it was the perfect balance of text (basic explanations and ideas) and photo examples by some extremely talented photographers.

This book is all about photographing people (the author says as much right in the introductory paragraph), so you won't find photos of inanimate objects or sweeping landscapes, but aren't scrapper's mainly about people anyway. It gave me a ton of ideas for future photos of my daughter.

I also love that that in the back of the book, it offered links to the websites of several of the photographers featured in the book - I checked them out - even MORE great inspiration!

Did I mention that I LOVE this book?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Photographers MUST have July 21 2007
By S. Dade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
WOW, I just purchased this book last night and I've only read to page 21. (because I have been mesmerized by the wonderful photography) I cannot say enough good things about what I had read thus far. I have many photography books however this will be the one that rarely stays on the shelf. It is a easy read while still giving definition to those important photography technical details. Like the introductions says if you are looking for photos of landscapes or hummingbirds you have the wrong book. If you are a mother or love children this book is for you. You do not need to be a serious photographer to purchase this book. And at the same time you can still learn things if you are a professional. (at least from the creative aspects)

In closing if I could I would give this 10 stars! Way to go Donna and Allison!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Book and I've met Allison too!!!!!!!!!!! March 26 2007
By KJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What an inspiration! If you are looking for a book on how to get GapAd photos of your kiddos and family and friends...this is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It rocks I love it, two thumbs up. Allison is a joy and this book is readable and EASY to understand for the novice photographer.
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Good for the 'basics', Great photo examples May 19 2008
By TwinkleToes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers most of the basics of portrait photography and as a newbie to DSLR equipment it was quite useful. The many examples of photographs are great, and a wide range is shown. It covers a lot but doesn't go into great depth about specifics, so I'm finding that it's a good introduction to the general area of photographing family members, but I've quickly out-grown it and am looking for more detailed specific information. (So basically I need to spend more $$$ on more books!)

At first I liked its clear, simple explanations and the fact it didn't blind me with the scary technical side of using a swanky camera. However I'm starting to think it's the kind of book I wish I'd browsed through in a bookstore or borrowed from the library, rather than bought to have at home to use for regular reference.
I would recommend it to those without much experience with DSLR cameras who want to take 'gap-ad' shots of their kids. It's a great 'beginner book' and is written in a relaxed way that is not intimidating. Of course we are all constantly learning so expect to need to spend more on other books and info sources in the near future as you may be like me and will quickly be hungry for more!


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