The hottest book in photography right now is The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally. So, I thought I’d give it a try – I wasn’t disappointed – it’s everything it’s been built up to be. I’ve mentioned in past reviews, that the biggest compliment I can give a book is to keep it within arm’s reach at my desk. Well, this book does one better. It may make its way into my bags/travel gear when I go out to shoot. The images are truly inspirational and the stories/lessons that go along are just as useful. Read on for a few more thoughts on this great book.
Other reviews (and there have been a lot of them) describe The Moment It Clicks as having one leg in the classroom and one on the coffee table. While I agree with that, I’d describe it differently.
How I’d Describe the Book
As I read the book, it felt like I was walking through a fine art gallery, with the artist right next to me! I’d look at a great shot on the wall and Joe would lean in and say “Hey, here’s the story behind that one…” or “Wanna know the trick on how to get that lighting?”. The combination of great images and succinct, humorous, yet informative writing style really brings it home.
Other Reasons I Liked the Book
- It’s just the right length. At 200 pages, it provides a lot of great examples, but not too many.
- It appeals to folks at all skill levels. Wheter beginner or advanced, we all need inspiration and the tricks that help us get that great shot.
- It helped prompt me to think outside the box. Several shots used an LCD projector as one of the light sources – how great is that?!?
- You get to see pictures/descriptions of his gear.
- You get to walk into Joe’s head just a bit. He tells the good stories and the sad. He shared stories about celebrities he worked with and about how his career impacted his family. At the end of the book, you feel the emotion of the book.
So, in short. Buy this book. If it’s the only book you buy this year, it’ll be worth it.