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Photographs from the Edge

Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World by Art Wolfe (with Rob Sheppard) has just appeared on the horizon at the Ridley High School Library! Photographs.jpgFollowing a preface by co-author Rob Sheppard and an introduction by Art Wolfe, the book is broken out into four main sections: the 1980s, the 1990s, the 2000s, and the 2010s. Each section incorporates Wolfe’s best photographs from that time period, with a detailed explanatory essay as well as “The nature of the photo” and “Photo tip” sidebars accompanying each image. Photographs from the Edge is so much more than a collection of beautiful photographs; it’s a travelogue, how-to guide, history lesson, and career blueprint all in one stunning book. As you turn each page, you will discover a window to some of the true wonders of the world. Wolfe’s photographs will transport you visually, geographically, and culturally to places you have (probably) never been or even heard of!

Having recently seen the movie Everest, I was especially fascinated by Art Wolfe’s breathtaking images of mountain ranges around the globe, from Alaska to Ecuador to Nepal. His wildlife photographs are also mesmerizing. What will be your favorite photograph? Open the book to discover it today!everestThanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Photographs from the Edge in exchange for an honest review!

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Born to Be Awkward … So Painfully, Hilariously Awkward!

Mike Bender and Doug Chernak (the comedic team behind the painfully hilarious Awkward Family Photos) are bringing the awkward to a new stage of life: infancy. You know, the years when you don’t have a say in how your parents dress you or pose you for those baby pictures that will be part of your family’s history forever.

The photos are priceless, but it’s the authors’ cheeky captions that will have you in stitches. Don’t believe me?


Page through this book if you need a good laugh, or if you have been front and center in some terrifically awful baby pictures and feel some solidarity with these tykes. There’s even a special scrapbook section in the back of the book for celebrating those awkward childhood photos of your very own. Will this book change your life? Maybe not. Is it guaranteed to make you smile? YES! Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Born to Be Awkward in exchange for an honest review!

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Digital Nature Photography

There are so many little-known treasures in the Ridley High School Library’s nonfiction section, and John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography is the latest, courtesy of Blogging for Books!

“Photography should be both a process of discovery and a procedure for recording that discovery.” — John Shaw

Digital Nature PhotographyThe book’s lusciously colorful cover represents the 250+ full-color photos in this book. There are images of animals,  landscapes, and natural wonders from all over the world: Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Japan, Kenya, the United States, and so many more. Paging through this book just to look at all the photographs is a completely worthwhile way to spend an hour or two, and John Shaw also provides a ton of technical information and advice (more than this novice could even begin to process in one sitting). This is a book that you will want to come back to again and again as you become a more experienced photographer. I especially love Chapter 4: Composition; Shaw describes how to make “conscious, deliberate compositional decisions” that will engage the viewer’s mind and emotions. The author’s message in the Preface will guide you every step of the way: Don’t ask, “What is there to photograph?” A better question is, “What is there to discover?” John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography will inspire you to get outside and document the world around you in a way that is every bit as unique as you are!