TODAY | October 23, 2012
>>> have you ever tried to capture the perfect picture of your kids, pet, funny expression, and it never comes out right, hoda?
>> blurry faced or washed-out background can be very frustrating, but you don't need to be a professional photographer to create the perfect and to capture the perfect pose. he's sharing some of his extraordinary images in this book. it is called "dancers among us."
>> look at that cover.
>> welcome, and what a fun idea. tell us how this book came to be.
>> i have two children. my son, when he was three, playing with his toy bus. you know when you watch children play and there's an incredible joy and enthusiasm, i was watching him, and i had no idea why he was so excited, because all i saw was a toy bus. i decided i wanted to capture that joy and enthusiasm for small moments in life through photographs.
>> that we tend to lose when we get older.
>> often, you think you can't capture it. whenever there's motion or movement, usually, the picture doesn't look so great, but yours are different. look at these shots. these are professional dancers, is that true? you found them through social media ?
>> what would happen is i would tweet and facebook when i was going to a city and they would come out and volunteer. some of them drove for hours and hours to be a part of it.
>> look at this.
>> very spontaneous. we would go to a street corner , okay, what can we make happen in this street corner , buy a fish in seattle, come up with a pose together. it was all very collaborative.
>> photography is in your dna, right?
>> tell us about that as we're looking at these pictures.
>> my grandfather was a photographer and graphic designer , my father, a filmmaker, mother a model and grandmother a painter.
>> everybody, everybody.
>> how can people at home take something away from this? these are beautiful. look at this. you catch it like at the perfect moment , but is there a trick to it, if you have a child and see they are in the middle of doing something fun, you want to capture that moment?
>> hope a train doesn't come by. oh, my gosh, it's coming.
>> certain elements in photos if there's an element of danger or unexpected, that picture represents to me a little bit of a fear factor. that's really happening. he said to me, if i fall, on the way down, make sure to tell me if you got the shot. dancers are -- they'll do anything for a shot.
>> there's another one just like that. everything in the book is real, nothing is photoshopped.
>> give us a one-on-one lesson.
>> 100- degree day , too, that camera was really hot. so here i think this one is for you.
>> this is for you here.
>> make it easy, baby, or forget it.
>> just a couple of -- is that on already?
>> no, it's not.
>> okay, we just have about 30 seconds.
>> there's a couple quick rules of thumb. one, always want to zoom in, get all the way to the zoom. it will blur the background a bit.
>> i can't see anything.
>> it's hard on this. if you just look here, like this. if you just zoom in. oh, my god. can you just take our picture right now. then if you just get really close to your subject like this and tweet this to the world, everybody will love you forever. oh, my god, you just made my life.
>> it's a beautiful book. absolutely beautiful.
>> great to see you.
>>> tomorrow, we have the houston family. pat, sissy, and gary. have a great day.