How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids: New dPS eBook

How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids: New dPS eBook

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Today on dPS I’m excited to announce an eBook that is for parents, grandparents or anyone else with kids in their lives – an eBook that is all about helping you to take Gorgeous Photos of Kids. It’s called ‘Click!‘ and you can read all about it here. It’s currently 30% off for a limited time and those who buy it go in the draw to win a $1000+ DSLR (details below).

My Motivation for Publishing this eBook

It’s an eBook that I have always wanted to publish, and I wanted to share with you personal story that I think explains why…

Recently I was invited to a kids party of a family friend. As usual I took along my digital camera to capture the event. I didn’t take a lot of shots that day but did take a few candid shots of the 3 year old birthday girl enjoying her big day – which I later emailed to the family.

I didn’t think much of it at the time – the shots were not my finest work.

However a couple of days later I received a call from the girls mother. She was obviously moved by the photos – shots that she described as the best ones they had of their daughter and images that would help them remember that day forever.

At first I thought she was being a little overly generous with her compliments but as we spoke I realised that the photos I’d taken had had a profound impact upon this mother. The reality was that not only were they the ‘best’ photos she had of her daughter – they were among only a handful of shots she’d taken in 3 years.

She had some good reasons – she was busy, she didn’t feel she had a good enough camera and her early attempts didn’t produce results that motivated further attempts.

The shots she did have were largely either the backs of her daughters head as she ran away, tantrums as a result of her daughter not wanting to pose for shots or overly staged and obviously posed shots that didn’t really capture anything of her daughter.

As a result – she was feeling guilty about the lack of shots she’d taken and feared not having anything to look back on when her daughter was grown up.

I could never take photos like yours of my kids!” was a statement that has really stuck with me since that day.

I’ve heard that comment so many times from friends and family members but the reality is that you don’t need years of training or expensive gear to take beautiful photos of children.

I was moved by the story – photographing my kids is such a big part of my life. While I relate to the challenges my friend faced I also know the joy taking photos can bring.

And that’s why I always wanted to publish a guide to kids photography.

Gorgeous Kids Photos Are Not Out of Your Reach

Great photos of kids don’t just happen – but they’re not out of reach your reach.

So when Commercial children’s photographer – Rachel Devine – offered to write an eBook guide to Kids Photography with dPS I jumped at the chance.

Rachel is all about photographing kids in a way that captures their emotion, personality and story.

She teaches how to not only take photos of your kids – but how to take photos that you’ll treasure forever because they communicate something that transports you back to that moment in time through the stories they tell.

The resulting eBook – Click is a resource that puts gorgeous images of your kids well within your reach.

Inside: Beautifully Illustrated and Practical Advice

7 Reasons ‘Click’ is the Kids Photography eBook for You

  1. because it is about taking images that reflect the personality of children
  2. because it is comprehensive – Click covers every stage of photographing kids – from preparation, to shooting through to post production
  3. because it is not about the gear it is about working with what you have and improving your technique
  4. because it is practical – you’ll not just learn theory, you’ll be encouraged to put it into action with practical questions to consider and projects to try
  5. because it has variety – featuring case studies and interviews with a 5 other photographers – you’ll be exposed to a number of approaches to kids photography
  6. because it is inspiring – this eBook is full of stories and images that will motivate you to explore the possibilities
  7. because it isn’t just about how to ‘make’ kids ‘pose’ and stay still – its about creating images with meaning that tell your kids story

Who is Click for?

If you have kids in your life – this is an eBook you’ll want whether you be a parent, grand parent, uncle, aunt, friend or child care giver.

Written with all levels of photographers in mind – Click is for anyone who points a camera of any kind at the children around them.

What Does it Cover?

Click is a 100 page resource that is broken down into 7 chapters:

  • Think – a challenge to rethink how you approach photographing kids
  • Prepare – some of the practical things to consider before you start shooting including gear, settings, exposure, styling, light, composition, color and more
  • Smile – tips and tricks on working with kids
  • Refine – post-production, editing, printing and sharing your images
  • Research – seeking new inspiration and styles (includes project ideas to try)
  • Push – 7 photo setups you can try to help you push your own boundaries
  • Look – case studies, interviews and photos with 5 amazing kids photographers

Download Your Copy Today – 30% Off

I’m very excited about this eBook and know it will help many in capturing the important moments memories that all families have.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new eBook we’re releasing it for a limited time with a 30% discount. Normally $29.99 USD today you can download your PDF copy for just $19.99 – just hit the ‘download it now’ button below or check out the eBook information page here.

UPDATE: Win a Brand New DSLR

win-canon-t31-kids-photography-ebook.jpegTo celebrate the release of the eBook we’ve decided to add to the 30% off launch discount and to run a little competition to give away a brand new DSLR camera (and lens) to one lucky buyer of the eBook.

The inspiration for the giveaway was comments from a number of readers like this one:

“This eBook is inspiring me want to upgrade my camera and get more into my photography!”

While Click! is an eBook written for people with all kinds of cameras we’ve decided to help make that dream come true for one lucky reader… and are going to buy them a brand new DSLR and lens to practice their kids photography.

We’re putting up a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and 18-55mm lens – over $1,000 (RRP)!

It is a camera that is used by many of our readers and we think it will make a great companion to our eBook.

All you need to do it order Click! before 19 October and you’re in the running.

This competition is open to our international audience around the world and anyone who has already purchased the eBook is already in the running and doesn’t need to do anything more to enter.

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As with all our eBooks – Click comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. If you don’t find it helpful for your situation, just let us know and we’ll refund the purchase price.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Rasmus November 16, 2011 10:14 am

    Got the eBook many weeks ago, but am also curious as to who won the camera! :-)

  • David November 2, 2011 10:34 pm

    When is the winner of the T3i going to be announced? The book is great, well worth the purchase!

  • Paulo October 27, 2011 05:51 am

    Hi, I bought the e-book How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids. Love it. Now I am ansious to know who won the DSLR camera.
    Thanks,
    Paulo

  • David October 25, 2011 12:32 am

    When will we know the T3i winner's name?

  • Myke October 20, 2011 07:55 am

    Got the book yesterday and it's totally worth it! I worked with kids before and it can be difficult if you let it be. Plenty of really good information and tips. thanks!

  • Jenny October 17, 2011 10:36 pm

    I wish I could get ANY picture of my kid. Every time I try to get one or two he runs and hides from the camera, or he sits there and makes silly faces.

  • Claudia October 17, 2011 05:56 am

    I have been attempting to purchase this for the past 2 days without success. Do you know if Paypal is having issues?

  • Ed October 16, 2011 09:58 am

    Hi there,
    I just purchased the ebook, and it looks great so far!
    In fact I can see that the information will help me in more than photographing my kids.

    One cheeky question; do we need to do anything extra to be entered in the DSLR drawing? :)

  • Rick October 6, 2011 10:32 am

    I'm a little interested in this book - i'm by now way a pro .. Is this book for someone that has a passion to take images of everything.. But now i have a 5 month old and more inspired to take images of her..

    I have got some book out of the libray to help out.. but they just give you some detail..

    Will this book help me out to go to the next level..

    Oh how many pages is the book..

    Looking forward for this book if you can answer some of my questions..

    Thanks

  • michelle October 6, 2011 02:30 am

    ok, I purchased the ebook but now how do I download it??

  • wazari September 25, 2011 08:55 am

    I've bought this eBook and personally I think this is great book especially to parents who like to shoot their children's pictures but have no idea what to shoot. This eBook is not for total beginner, this is eBook for those who already know how to handle their camera well. This eBook will not tell you about the camera setting that you need to use bit basically will inspire you to shoot something that we think not interesting. This eBook also will gives you some tips about how to win your children attention to be photograph because sometimes they tend to be shy or super active, I highly recommended this eBook to those who needs some inspiration.

  • John Aspden September 24, 2011 04:48 am

    Am I alone in thinking that these ebooks are somewhat on the expensive side? Two books I bought recently, The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman and Mountain Light by Galen Rowell, are respectively around 200 and 240 pages, are also illustrated by excellent photography, and are written by well-known photographers, and cost me around $20 each from Amazon for real paper copies.

    In comparison, a 100 page ebook from someone less well-known for $30 seems steep.

    I realise that the books I mentioned will sell thousands of copies but...

  • Leoni September 23, 2011 08:57 am

    I bought this the other day and read it within a day. If you have kids, buy it! It is a fantastic book, however it is written in a way that assumes you basically know your way around the camera, which suited me fine. I read it within one day, and will be reading it over and over again. It really is a brilliant book, and it sets out challenges at the end of each chapter to help you apply what you have read. If you have a basic understanding of your camera out of manual mode, buy it. If you don't, learn how to use your camera and buy it anyway!

  • Darren Rowse September 22, 2011 01:50 pm

    dimity - thanks for the feedback. We will try to find a way to release a sample page or two. In the mean time if you'd like to utilise the money back guarantee to test and see we're more than happy for you to do that.

    Jessica - glad you're finding it useful! Thanks for your feedback.

    Lisa - I think this eBook is written for people in your situation. Rachel talks a little about gear but a lot about the issues you face. Again though - if you buy it and find it doesn't suit your needs please please please let us know - we'd rather be without your purchase $'s and have you happy than have your $'s and not see you improving your photography.

    Gil - not sure this specifically looks at that topic but I understand what you mean. I have one son who is constantly looking at the LCD. His older brother used to do the same thing but seems to have grown out of it, perhaps it is something that is about their age and how used they are to seeing themselves?

    I know I certainly have shorter windows to shoot in with my younger kids!

  • Jordan September 22, 2011 12:58 pm

    I purchased the book and wish I hadn't. There is really no information in here to help you take better pictures. The entire book basically waxes philosophical theory's as to how she shoots her pictures, but doesn't really give you any info. The only time she actually talks about equipment and post-processing, she glosses over it like everyone reading is a pro. I understand it is not a photography 101 or editing 101 book, but not one single useable exercise? The book is obviously catered to amateurs, and parents looking to take better pictures of their children, but misses the boat big time.

  • Gil September 22, 2011 05:28 am

    Am wondering, and maybe this book touches on this or maybe it doesn't, if others have the situation where they can take "amazing" photos of other people's children, but not their own. For some reason, maybe the abundance of picture taking in their early years, makes my kids hyper aware of anytime I try to take out my good DSLR and get a good picture of them. That and the fact that they come running to see the picture (on the screen) sometimes even before I've taken the picture makes it hard to get real candids and "amazing" pictures.

  • Lisa September 22, 2011 01:04 am

    I am interested in purchasing this, but am also wondering if it gives the kind of info I need. I love photography and have taken 1000's of fabulous pictures on travels with my trusty elph. However, when I had my first child, I found my pictures are mostly inside, and the low light performance of the elph is crap. After much frustration, I bought a Fuji F70EXR because of supposed great low light performance. So much for that. It is mediocre at best, and my pictures still look terrible in my opinion - cluttered backgrounds and grainy/blurry foregrounds. I'm now to the point of thinking I'll purchase a DSLR just to get some good low light performance and blurred backgrounds. Will this ebook tell me how to use a DSLR to capture my kids' essence? Oh, and my son (now 3 years old) has decided he hates pictures so he always hides his face or frowns and yells "No Pictures" when I try to take a snapshot of him. :(

  • Jessica September 21, 2011 10:08 am

    Bought this last night and am already on chapter 5. It is very informative and Rachel's writing makes the book an easy (but interesting and thoughtful) read!

    -Jessica (www.shuttermamadiaries.com)

  • Dimitri September 20, 2011 05:52 pm

    I am interested in this kind of book, but the problem I have with most photography books is that they are too abstract and non-specific. They dispense general common-sense and vague advise for all levels of skill, like "make sure your subject is comfortable with you and your camera around..." - yes, but how do I do that? Or: "soft, indirect bright light is best for this kind of photography" - well, duh...
    So I was wondering if it was possible to have a look at a few sample pages of the book - to see what style it is written in, is it easy and simple to understand, does it contain advise that can be put in practice, and so on?

  • Tone September 20, 2011 05:27 pm

    This book looks interesting, and with the discount the price is definitely right. However, the PDF format isn't useful to me at all, so I'll have to pass...

  • Darren Rowse September 20, 2011 11:33 am

    Martin - there's not a lot specifically on iPhone/Camera phone shots - however there's a lot in it that is applicable no matter what gear you're using (composition, lighting, 'seeing' opportunities etc. In fact its really written in a way that is non gear specific.

  • Martin Soler Photography September 20, 2011 07:52 am

    Hm am tempted to buy it... just got my first baby. Took a shot of him here with my dslr.
    http://martinsoler.com/2011/06/27/damon-benjamin-soler-born-29-march-2011/
    And I like the shot, but the problem is I never have the DSLR around when it's time to take candid shots. So I end up with a zillion iphone shots and no high quality shots. Is there also a section for those kind of photos?