To Be a Child
by Debra Schoenberger
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Give a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!
Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy. What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!
This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.
What is the best camera?
Pretty much the camera you have on you at the time. I take a lot of pictures with my cell phone just because it’s always with me. Two of the more popular camera brands are Canon and Nikon. I prefer Canon myself (I’m not saying that it’s better than Nikon) because of selection of different lenses that come with the Canon system. I’ve used several Canons over the past 35 years and presently use a Canon 5D Mark II professional camera. I love the results I get with this camera. I also use a Leica M240 which is a rangefinder and very different from the Canon. The Leica produces images with a faint 3D effect and a softer image, more reminiscent of what film photography looks like.
What do you look for when buying a camera?
When looking for a camera online, I choose a few that have features that I like within my price range. Then I go to a camera store and hold the camera in my hand for fit and try out the different features. I’ve discovered that what looks good in theory, doesn’t always feel good in person. I have a small hand so the camera has to be small enough to be comfortable.
What do you look for when buying a camera strap?
After a fair bit of research, I found a camera strap from Black Rapid that is designed especially for women. It fits wonderfully across the body and hangs your camera down by your hip using a screw that connects to the tripod socket of your camera. This is great for a heavier camera and leaves your hands free (especially when you’re waving at the bus to not leave you behind!) You can buy this strap here:
The strap is an excellent investment (I paid double what the price is now).
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger in exchange for an honest review.
It is my pleasure to offer my review of To Be A Child. Much like looking back through photos of my children and grandchildren, the photographs by Debra Schoenberger brought a deluge of smiles and contemplative moments along with them.
I’ve always been an admirer of photographic art and love Ms. Schoenberger’s composition as well as light throughout the album. Singular photographs of children at play, work, rest and other childhood pursuits along with the images of friends, two- and four-legged as well as pretend, blend together to contribute to the enjoyment of this volume.
I highly recommend you pick up a copy of To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger to keep next to your favorite coffee table books, though this one is likely be a book looked through most often.
© February 8, 2016
Debra Schoenberger aka #girl with camera
My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual. Plus I usually have a lot of scars on my knees.
I live with my creative director, Miss Pickles (my budgie) in Victoria, BC, Canada.
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