Expressive Photography

Expressive Photography : The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart

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When a photograph captivates you and stirs your soul, you know it instinctively. You not only see the image, you feel it. But how do you capture shots like that with your own camera? How do you make your photographs worth the proverbial thousand words? From portraits to landscapes, still-lifes to documentary shots, Expressive Photography will not only show you why certain images sing, but will also teach you how to create your own compelling photographic images-one click at a time.

Visually stunning, and unique in its collaborative approach, this book brings the spirit of the immensely popular Shutter Sisters' blog to the printed page through the voice and photography of its founding members.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 236.22 x 254 x 15.24mm | 748.42g
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0240813472
  • 9780240813479
  • 116,520

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Sisters Photography Primer
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"In our new book, Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart, we introduce another approach to portraiture: focusing on the details. Although often overlooked, the small gestures and subtle nuances of your subject often can tell you more about them than any headshot ever could."--Digital Photo Magazine

"Ten authors, collectively known as the Shutter Sisters, successfully parlay their blog ( into an analogous print format, which is no small feat! Edited by Clark-a professional photographer and founder of the Sisters-the book is unusual among photography guides because it is far more concerned with questions of why than with lengthy explanations of how. The advice presented in this approachable guide addresses primarily issues of creativity, inspiration, and meaning for photographers in a way that many will find helpful. It is likely to appeal most to photographers less enamored by technological gadgetry and to busy young parents."--Library Journal

"Ten women photographers shooting from the heart collaborate and produce a wonderfully complete reference book for exactly that: expressive photographing.. The Shutter Sister's Expressive Photography is an eye-candy guidebook that illustrates how delightful and heartfelt images can be captured. From lighting through perspective and composition to approach, the reader is inspired to look at simple life and the world around them with a rejuvenated creative eye.. The book is filled with images from many facets of photographic opportunities-life as it happens in all sorts of lighting situations: outdoor in natural light; indoor with artificial light; or soft light from a window; and the world at night.. I absolutely loved this book and many times have it by my bedside for inspiration. It will be a cherished present for the avid photography buff."--Sacramento Book Review

"For the person who likes to take pictures or just got a new camera, EXPRESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: THE SHUTTER SISTERS' GUIDE TO SHOOTING FROM THE HEART is a collection of photographic techniques and ideas from a group of women who call themselves The Shutter Sisters. Check out their cool website to get a feel for their style. I love the life-infused tone and hearing different approaches to this accessible art form. Why not go the extra step and turn your photography more into art than chronicles?"---Ecomama Guide to Living Green blog

"It's such a relaxing, enjoyable book, I find that I keep going back to the book and leafing through it. Bring it to a cafe on a rainy day while you're sipping a hot beverage, or wrap it up for the holidays and give it to your favorite photographer. If you end up with photos even half as good as what's in here, you won't regret it."--CoolMomPicks Online

"I cannot recommend it enough, whether as a gift to yourself or a loved one. Whether you're a novice, amateur, or professional photographer, Expressive Photography is replete with inspiring imagery and practical tips and tricks on approach, perspective, composition, lighting, details, and processing for different types of photos (e.g., landscape, portraits, still life, etc.)."--Life.Style with Christine Koh on the PulseNetwork

"I also picked up the book, Expressive Photography, written by Tracey Clark and her and her friends over at Shutter Sisters. I really like the book, and feel like it's pushed me to think about different ways to frame my photos, things that I probably wouldn't have thought to try. This book is not full of technical jargon, rather, it's about looking through the lens with fresh eyes. I think it is the perfect companion for more straight forward technical books that you may own."--endorsement on the blog "two straight lines"

"Tracey Clark, a natural light photographer, started Shutter Sisters (what an awesome place to visit) in Blogland and now has released a book called Expressive Photography. I was so excited to get it-I can be found sitting outside piano/soccer/horse lessons with my face buried in it." --several websites including PhotoClique website, Information Publishing and Marketing Portal website, Photo Focus website, Linda's Reading Blog, Farewell Photograph Workshop website, and this from Modern Prairie Girl:
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609 ratings
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This book means well but it doesn't actually explain how to go about what it asks of you. Would definitely not recommend this more
by Eliza Mills
Each section is written by a different Shutter Sister and full of beautiful images and words with so much heart. All through the book are written little tips, tricks, and suggestions to get you inspired (in case the images aren't enough!). A beautiful collaborative work. Highly rec' more
by Penny Lattey
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