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Ebooks on Flash Photography Techniques and Skills

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Shooting with any kind of flash - whether it's a simple light on your camera, a remotely-triggered unit, or a complete studio setup - completely changes the photographic experience. 

No longer do you simply need to be aware of light; now you need to know how to shape it to your own ends. The Flash Photography Field Guide, small enough to be taken on the most arduous shoot, will show you exactly how to do this, whether you're shooting models in a studio, live sports events, or something as personal and special as your friend's wedding. 

This book covers the details of setting up and using modern TTL flash systems, and the creative and technical choices you'll come across, from syncing the flash with the camera to modifying the quality of the light.

Flash is a necessary and immensely creative tool that dramatically increases the opportunities of any amateur photographer. 

However, many amateurs find flash intimidating, unsure of where to begin. Instead, they continue limiting themselves to shooting only available light. 

Understanding Flash Photography is a guide to off-camera flash, helping free photographers from ';auto' to get the images they want when natural light isn't enough. 

If you've been afraid to venture past natural light, here is the book that will finally help you explore the exciting possibilities of artificial light. 

Author Bryan Peterson starts by breaking down how flash works, then dispels the widely held myth that automatic ';TTL' flash exposure is easier, explaining how to quickly master manual flash exposure to control the quality, shape, and direction of light. 

For the hundreds of thousands who found Understanding Exposure an exciting tool in moving past ';auto' exposure in available light, Understanding Flash Photography is the essential companion to mastering the often challenging exposure puzzle

Whether shooting portraits or products, skillful lighting can be the difference between a bland snapshot and a stunning, well-defined image. Capturing the ideal photograph requires many technical factors to work in tandem, the most fundamental of which is lighting. While we may take it for granted that light is required to create a photograph, light by itself usually does not produce the style, energy, emotion or feeling that makes a photograph exceptional. It is the way the light has been modified and shaped that gives the photographer the ability to create an image that communicates their feeling about the subject. It’s necessary to understand how light works in order to know how to modify it in the most desirous way.

Beginning with simplified light concepts, Rand delves into the basics of light. Light’s natural tendency is to go off in all directions. To give a better understanding of how to control the light that you use in your photographs, Rand guides the reader through a series of discussions defining the light itself, the surfaces that will interact with the light in the photographs, the look of light that we wish to create and the tools, modifiers and shapers that are commonly available for use. Whether you want to add contrast with highlights and shadows or use the softness of diffuse light to add volume to the subject, the fundamentals of these concepts are covered here. Images, diagrams and descriptions are used to illustrate the manners in which light can be modified.

From there, the book moves onto the main tools of light modification. Rand discusses the primary functions of each tool and defines the issues of the light’s characteristics after the modification. Techniques are presented for using reflectors, spotlights, softboxes, diffusers, umbrellas, barndoors, gels, scrims, shoots and more. Each chapter is highly illustrated with images of the tools being discussed, diagrams, and examples for the use of these tools in both commercial and portrait photography. Variations in control and problems that may occur with specific modifiers are discussed as well.

The goal of this book is to show the effect of modifiers and shapers on the quality of light rather than to discuss the merits of a particular light source. By focusing on the methods to shape light, the photographer is open to improvise in scenarios where they may not have control over the light source. Whether you shoot commercial or portrait photography, this book provides you with the basis for not only successfully, but elegantly shaping light to create your desired result.

Photographer and author, Ed Verosky, covers a variety of topics and techniques designed to help photographers consistently create high-quality images with minimal gear. 

Included are plenty of shooting strategies, diagrammed techniques, and examples which will make getting great photos much easier and more enjoyable. 

100% Reliable Flash Photography provides pro and semi-pro photographers with a fast, no-nonsense guide for getting amazing light in any situation. Gain the skill and confidence you need to create great images with the most basic and available lighting sources. 

The strategies detailed in the book are designed to completely eliminate the stress of not being sure of what to do in a new or fast-moving environment. That makes it a perfect read for wedding, event, editorial, and portrait photographers. 

100% Reliable Flash Photography centers on a strategy of standardization. The first part of the book covers relevant lighting and gear knowledge mostly focusing on how to do some really good work with a simple on-camera flash, or even basic household lighting. 

There are also off-camera flash techniques including detailed instructions for a basic two-light manual setup that serves as Verosky's typical gear for editorial work. 

This leads into the core chapter, Standardization, which is about making your gear easier to use and eventually master. The book continues with techniques, examples and diagrams for indoor and outdoor lighting, then several backstories quickly detailing shoots with several of the portrait subjects featured in the book.

Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights are small, off-camera flashguns that can provide big results - if you know how to use them properly. 

Accaimed Boston photographer Lou Jones guides you throught the technical and creative aspects of how to get the most out of these powerful tools in this indispensable guide, packed full of his own inspirational images and comprehensive diagrams of the lighting set up he used to capture them.

They are significantly more advanced, lighter and considerably cheaper than a standard flashgun, and have many advantages. They are small (and cheap) enough that a number can be carried in your kit, and they can be used in combination, triggered wirelessly. 

They use through-the-lens (TTL) metering, which allows you to use the in-camera LCD and histograms to calculate the required power/direction, rather than having to use a light meter or trial and error. They use proprietary, dedicated technology (from Canon and Nikon) that means there are no compatibility issues.

Getting the most out of them, however, remains a mystery - most photographers still just use their speedlights in the same way as a standard flash gun. 

This is where this book comes in.

Key Features:

  • Expand your creative potential by mastering your external flashgun
  • Full of Professional, Inspirational images with full lighting diagrams to show you how they were taken
  • Covers all of the best-selling Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights