Print magazine’s August issue is dedicated to the topic of photography (and is coming soon to My Design Shop). In one of the articles, Ellen Shapiro asks seven notable photographers how the rise of digital photography has altered their craft. Has the art form been devalued now that everyone can take a photo with their smartphone? You’ll have to read the full article to see what the photographers had to say about these issues, but one comment from Alex Fedorov stood out to me: “The fact that everyone has cameras that can produce photos does not mean that the photos are anything more than bad snapshots.”
So what if you want to have it all—the ease of digital photography and the artistry of a great snapshot? If you want your photos to stand out from the billions on Instagram, Flickr and other photo-sharing sites, you may need some help. Enter “A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself” (Amphoto Books) by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Larson and Chapman are sisters who run the A Beautiful Mess blog, which is also dedicated (among other things) to photo-taking and sharing.
From the book, readers learn useful tips for finding great light, setting up creative points of view, capturing emotion and more. Whether your goal is to stop taking lame selfies or to recreate photos that didn’t quite reach their potential, this book has advice for you.
Can’t wait for the Photography Issue of Print? Tide yourself over with Print’s June edition, the Color Issue.