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This book is all about flash and how you can use it to create stunning portraits that really do stand out from the crowd.
It's less of a lesson and more about going on a journey with Joe through the various shots he's taken. Yes, he uses technical jargon that beginners may not understand but this sits along side jokes and a conversation style that's so enjoyable to read you soon forget your learning how to improve your photography.
All the photos are inspirational and the diagrams that show how Joe first designed the shoots are a nice touch that aren't often seen in photography titles.
Pull quotes pull your eyes towards important information while headers and the use of colourful text make the book easy to work through and read.
It's not a book you have to read in one go and you can jump around from different chapters, depending on what style of image you're trying to shoot.
If you're a beginner you may want to have a look at a few other titles before picking this book up but intermediates and pros will find this book to be a fountain of knowledge that's a joy to read and even more enjoyable to look at.
You can read an extract from Sketching Light – An Illustrated Tour Of The Possibilities Of Flash here: Is Straight Flash Always Ugly?