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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...

Lighting For Product Photography

Lighting for Product Photography is a step by step guide into the world of sculpting with light for product shots. Images of products can make all the difference between whether a potential buyer will choose them or not, so the book explains how to take stunning images of products that fit what the client asks for. Author Allison Earnest explains that a lot of the techniques used are similar to those of shooting portraits, however that certain materials will have characteristics that need...

Location Lighting Handbook for Portrait Photographers

The Location Lighting Handbook for Portrait Photographers claims to enable you to take outstanding images anywhere. An introduction tells us that successful location lighting is all about being flexible and being able to adapt to any situation that is thrown in the way of your image. Sometimes lighting is ideal on location, but most of the time it is not. The first chapter looks at the basics of light terminology; hard and soft light, contrast, and the direction of light, and what differ...

Master Posing Guide For Portrait Photographers

The Master Posing Guide for Portrait Photographers covers everything the portrait photographer needs to know. JD Wacker begins by re-iterating the importance of letting the subject’s personality shine through in portrait photography, as the shots should reveal something about them. He then goes on to tell us some dos and don’ts of portrait photography, right from the start of beginning research, all the way through to after the shoot and post production. Wacker’s experience shines throug...

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...

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...

On-Camera Flash - Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

On-Camera Flash – Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography is a detailed and easy to follow book that covers two very popular areas of photography. Neil van Niekerk has tried to make the book as easy to follow as possible, without using the technical jargon that can confuse newcomers to the subject. We are taken through some essential concepts of on camera flash, and a little guidance on equipment, before looking at exposure metering in your photos. Examples of what the sa...

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...

Photographers guide to Slide Duplicating and Enhancement

In the 70's this would have been ideal, in the 80s good, in the 90s okay, but now in the era of digital who cares about slide duplication?! There's a lot of creative white space and the info on these 112 pages could have been covered in the chapter of a book. If there is anyone out there still duplicating slides there's some good advice on selective cropping and combining (slide sandwiches). There's a bit on titling too but this looks like typically dated 70s camera club stuff. At 10 it would b...

Photographing Dogs

Photographing dogs is a book all about how to get the best out of dog photography. Aimed at professional digital photographers, the book assumes you have some background knowledge of photography, and have studio facilities that are dog friendly to be able to shoot in. The book begins with how you should gradually ease into the canine market, and re-iterates that you should never fully lose touch with the human client, as of course these will be the main source of income for your business....