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The Flash Stick

The Flash Stick is a book all about how to best utilise the effects of the flask stick in your photography. The flash stick is a long pole with a flash unit on the end, which allows you to light the shot from a different angle without investing in free standing lighting. It can be retracted, so is easy to store in a large bag. The book first begins by taking us through the essentials of shooting with a flash stick, including what camera modes to use and how different apertures and shutter...

Available Light Glamour Photography

Available Light Glamour Photography is a book more about how to light the shots than the models themselves. The book begins with author Joe Farace talking us through why you should use available light. He comes up with three main answers; it�s cheap, less stressful for the models and fast to �set up�. It will save you buying loads of expensive studio equipment, which can only be a good thing. Farace explains the different temperatures of light, and the effects they have on a photo,...

Painting With Light: Lighting and Photoshop Techniques for Photographers

Painting With Light is an innovative and unique book about using light images to create stunning photos of landscapes, objects and people. Using a combination of natural and studio lighting, and sometimes photoshop effects, creating images by painting with the light is a rewarding, although sometimes time consuming technique. Author Eric Curry has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and specialises in photographing still life objects. He gets a fulfillment out of photogra...

Off Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Photographers

Off Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Photographers is an easy to follow book that teaches you the best ways to use off camera flash to get great results. The book begins by answering that all important question: Why should I use off camera flash? We soon learn that off camera flash can be key in lighting a subject properly. The next chapter then goes through the equipment needed for off camera flash before chapter three then goes through key concepts in off camera flash. Neil van Niek...

Nikon Speedlight Handbook

The Nikon Speedlight Handbook is a very specific and detailed book that covers everything you could possibly want to know about flash techniques. Stephanie Zettl is a very experienced wedding photographer who has experienced first hand many of the techniques explained here, making her a great guide for the subject. The book enables photographers to choose the correct flash settings for different light situations, and explains how camera settings can effect the look of the flash in the fi...

50 Lighting Setups For Portrait Photographers

50 Lighting Setups For Photographers covers just about every lighting setup imaginable. The book is basically full of different photographic situations and explains how each was taken. Each setup has a handy, easy to follow diagram to enable you to reproduce the lighting setup at home. Stephen Begleiter explains how each assignment came about, what his visual objective, or look was, and how he eventually settled on the pose in the photo and that specific lighting setup. He also looks at p...

Available Light Photography

Available Light Photography is one of a line of lighting books from Amherst Media. This title looks at using the light already available to you so any light source that does not involve you setting up studio lighting for. The book helps you to make the best of any available light source and get correct exposure any time, anywhere. The books talks us through hard and soft light, falloff and other basic terms before delving in to the world of available light. Its starts with exposure, tha...

LED Lighting

LED Lighting is a modern, sleek book, much like the lighting technique it teaches us about. LED lighting is very much an up and coming technique that is becoming more and more popular. These lights are much more versatile than other older lighting types, as this book shows us. With LED, the user can change the warmth of the light, making them useful for a lot more things than ordinary lighting. They are quiet, have no flicker and provide a continuous light source. Kirk Tuck first goe...

This is Strobist Info: Your Setup Guide to Flash Photography

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 thinki...

The Low Light Photography Field Guide: The Essential Guide to Getting Perfect Images in Challenging Light

When you see a small book with tiny writing you know the author's put as many useful tips and facts in to the book as they can. Many, many areas of this problematic subject are covered but the explanations can get a little complicated and the images used aren't that big so it may not be a title a beginner wants to take a look at. But for the more advanced user, it's full of useful advice on equipment choices, the different types of light and post-production. It doesn't look like the most ...