Book Review: Close to Home – Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Backyard

November 8, 2010 · 0 comments

in Book Reviews,Inspiration

Close to Home – Finding Great Photographs in your own Backyard is a motivational eBook by Stuart Sipahigil that inspires budding photographers to see and experience their surroundings with an observant eye and mindful approach.

The mindful approach will not only improve your photography, but your life in general. When we slow down and really take in our surroundings, we become more in tune and notice so much more detail that we otherwise would have overlooked.

Sipahigil’s personal approach encourages you to grab your camera and get out there and create something different, something out of the ordinary, in the places you are most familiar with.

To take great photographs you don’t need to travel to the far corners of the earth, this book helps you to see the hidden photographic treasures in your own neighbourhood that are just waiting to be unearthed.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliot Erwitt

Sipahigil incorporates creative exercises to assist you to put into action what you have just read, and reminds you of the importance of understanding your camera controls and the fundamentals of framing your images to tell a story.

Sipahigil’s conversational writing style makes the book a comfortable read, and the large text and 36 double page spreads of stunning photos is easy on the eye, allowing the reader to sit back and enjoy the book, and not have to lean closely to the computer screen.

I recommend this book to any camera enthusiast or camera club member, or a parent with a child who is interested in photography. This would be a great guide for the parent to learn and teach the basics of photography to their child, and enjoy that experience together.

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