Win a Copy of The Unforgettable Photograph by George Lange

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Contests & Giveaways, Photography | Comments


The saying goes that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so what will your photographs have to say? Acclaimed photographer George Lange believes photographs should tell everyday stories that inspire and warm the heart by revealing subjects’ emotions, personalities and life experiences.

In addition to being an expert photographer, George is the instructor of one of the newest Craftsy classes, Creative Photography: Capture Life Differently and the author of the book The Unforgettable Photograph. He’s taken some time to speak with us about his Craftsy class, writing his book and his inspiring philosophy on photography. Plus, he’s helping us give away five copies of his amazing book to a few select photography readers!

Unforgettable Photograph - Giveaway on Craftsy!

Photo via Workman Publishing Company

Enter to win!

Five lucky readers will win a FREE copy of George’s critically-acclaimed book The Unforgettable Photograph. To enter, just head here by 11:59 MST on April 12, 2014. Then comment on this blog post letting George know your favorite everyday moment to capture. We’ll randomly select five winners on April 13th.

Sign up for George’s class!

Be sure to also check out George’s brand new Craftsy class, Creative Photography: Capture Life Differently, just released this week! You’ll learn fascinating approaches to capturing everyday life, and connecting your camera to the world in a whole new way!

About George Lange

George Lange began his photography career after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been shooting in the moment ever since. Working in his own photography studio, George strives to capture the feelings of his everyday subjects, proving that photography is the art of both documenting and celebrating the human experience.

In his book, The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life, George strives to share this philosophy of living and capturing moments to be forever treasured. From a baby’s giggle to that first splash of water as a child jumps into the pool, George sees the details and perspectives that make moments truly special. It’s not about fancy equipment, its about seizing and feeling the experiences of life. Be prepared to be inspired by this book’s fabulous photographs as well as George’s beautiful philosophy on the connection between life and photography.

 "Get Close To Big Wet Kiss" by George Lange

Photo via The Unforgettable Photograph / Workman Publishing Company

Q&A with George Lange

Hi George! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us and answer some questions about photography, your book The Unforgettable Photograph and your new Craftsy class! We’d love to start by finding out exactly how did you got your start in photography?

There is a picture of me standing in the driveway in Pittsburgh at the age of 7 with a camera around my neck. I must have been on my way by then. I took pictures all through high school and college. When I moved to NY, I just didn’t take no for an answer.

Did you take photography lessons/classes to help improve your photography?

I got a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Then I spent a year assisting Annie Leibovitz in NY. And I took millions of pictures. Everyday. EVERYDAY.

What was your first paid photography job?

After assisting Annie Leibovitz, I talked GEO magazine into letting me do a story on Bread and Puppet Theater in northern Vermont. They were an incredible group but pretty adverse to any press. I started in August, and spent three months going back and forth working on the story. I had one camera. One lens. I got a lot of great pictures, but the story was not there.

Finally at the beginning of November, GEO told me that I had one more stab at making the story work, or they were going to kill it. The last night, as the sun was starting to go down, I went outside and tacked a black piece of fabric to the barn. I didn’t own any lights. I begged the group to come outside and just stand in front of the fabric. They did.

When I took the shots back down to NY and presented them, applause erupted. I got the cover of the magazine and 12 pages on the inside, which launched my career.

Your new Craftsy class is all about capturing life in a unique way, what inspired you to change your approach to photography in this way?

This has always been my approach. In many ways I feel that is the only way to really live a life . That is, living life being true to who you are, understanding what makes you unique and tearing it up everyday in your own way.

I only really know how to be George Lange, so I try to be a really good version of him. Capturing all of that, is my pleasure and calling.

Capturing Everyday - Photography with George Lange

Photo via George’s Craftsy class Creative Photography: Capturing Life Differently

Your class leads people in noticing the beauty in the everyday. What’s your favorite everyday moment to capture?

I try to approach each day as completely new and special. The goal is to be open to how each day unfolds.

Before breakfast there are generally a hundred moments I want to remember: seeing my wife when I first open my eyes, my two little boys, the mountains painted in pink light…

I also love to capture it all with my other (non-visual) senses: the smells, the jokes, how things feel to touch. I try to capture how I am moved by what is right under my nose.

In your book The Unforgettable Photograph you discuss six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. Mind sharing just one?

I like the challenge of “shooting the awkward.” There are so many moments it feels so hard to bring your camera out, like when someone is crying or when someone is not looking what we consider to be our best. Those moments we don’t photograph can often be the most powerful moments.

I encourage people to take the pictures we never take. It requires trust and sensitivity and often a light touch with your camera.

Both your class and book emphasize natural light. What is the trickiest thing about shooting with natural light?

Being aware of the light in your life from in your house to at work and everyplace in-between. The trickiest part is actually the easiest part now that are cameras are so sophisticated, which is, if there is enough light to see, there is enough to take a picture with.

Our cameras, even on our phones, can capture so much more than we can even imagine. Put them to the test, and you will be astonished.

Moment of Mystery via the Unforgettable Photograph

Photo via The Unforgettable Photograph / Workman Publishing Company

On that note, what’s your favorite thing about shooting with natural light?

My favorite thing is seeing that there is so much more light around us than I can see with my naked eye. So many times in the past few years, my camera has looked back at me and said, ‘HUH! Didn’t see all of that light now did you?”

There are quite a few hot debates going on in the photography community right now. Mind weighing in?

iPhonography, is it photography?

Of course it is photography! Photography is the process of capturing what we are feeling. What we are experiencing. Our pictures should allow us to capture a life well lived. Allow us to appreciate even more about how special each day is. How we love.

Nikon or canon?

I am into Canon, but I think it is really splitting hairs. Canon’s cameras feel right to me. The camera I use, the 1DX really blows me away. It’s super fast focussing, fast processing, completely solid and reliable.

What’s your best piece of photography advice?

Take pictures that reflect your feelings as much as just what you are seeing. Use ALL your senses. Most people close their eyes when they kiss, and use all their other senses: touch, smell, taste…Essentially, take pictures like you kiss.

Just Hands, Photo by George Lange

Photo via The Unforgettable Photograph / Workman Publishing Company

Is there anything else you would like Craftsy blog readers to know about your book and/or Craftsy class?

Both the book and the class are about inspiration. Photography drives the boat, but many of the ideas apply to appreciating your life and letting however you express yourself grow out of that. I joke that even after spending almost everyday of my life taking pictures, I am not that visual of a person.

What I mean is, what I am thinking about and feeling when I am taking pictures everyday is generally not the technical things. I appreciate the light. I love great rooms, walls, clothing and beauty. What my experience taking pictures is focussed on is understanding how we are all connected. How special our stories are. Where we touch. How we touch.

If the book and the class can help us all understand how special we are that would be huge. If it helps us share what makes us unique, both with ourselves and each other, that is even better.

I am infinitely curious. Selfishly I want to see pictures that blow me away. I want to look at my friends social feeds and be blown away with how special they are. If the ideas I discuss help that process, I will be thrilled.

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life.

Click here to enter the giveaway and then answer George’s question below in the comments for a chance to win!

George asks, “What everyday moment inspires you most in photography?”

Comments

  1. I love capturing my kiddos playing together!