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This is Strobist Info: Your Setup Guide to Flash Photography

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This is Strobist Info: Your Setup Guide to Flash Photography
Rating:3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Author:Dustin Diaz
Publisher:Peachpit Press
ISBN:978-0321803542
RRP:£18.99
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This book has left me feeling a little puzzled. Don't get me wrong, most of the images in it are great, I'd even go as far as saying inspirational in places, but the lack of words left me wondering how much someone would actually learn from this title.

The first couple of chapters go through the basics of some of the kit strobist fans use, they explain a few of the photography basics(ISO, shutter speed etc.)and give a couple of examples of how some set-ups work. So far you're probably thinking: 'so what's the problem?', well the introduction isn't very long or detailed so if you're new to this sort of work, chances are you won't learn that much from the first few pages.

After the first two chapters words seem to be forgotten and the images are left to speak for themselves. On the left of each double-page you'll find the finished shot and on the right you'll see the set-up shot with arrows pointing to various pieces of equipment, giving you the distances, settings etc. used in the setp-up for the shot.

The minimal amount of information on offer probably won't be much use for someone just stepping into flash photography but if you've worked with it for a while, the images and small notes on what were done will probably be enough to get you by. The odd comment that's left at the bottom of the page wasn't always useful either as sentences such as “check out the ugly sweatpants” don't really help you improve your flash photography.

The book is essentially a picture book with a few stand-out shots that are sat among a collection of images that are good but they don't jump off the page.

For under 10 quid, it's not a bad little guide and if you're someone who has strobist knowledge already, are looking for new ideas and find it easy to learn visually rather than reading through pages of text, you should have a look at this book.

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