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One Light Flash: Professional-Quality Lighting on a Budget Paperback – 19 Dec 2011


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (19 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579301
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.3 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Graeme Crawford on 6 Feb. 2012
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I found this book to be absolutely superb. I am a semi-pro photographer, so pretty well accomplished with a camera in my hands, but the simple explanations of different types of shoots were very educational and inspirational for me.

This is the perfect tonic if you think that the route to more creative and better quality images is through more and more expensive equipment. Not only is this a great read, but it will get you out there shooting exciting new images with the kit you already have!

Highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr E Writer on 6 Jan. 2013
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One Light Flash: Professional quality lighting on a budget, So the title suggests this is a book dedicated to lighting? This is not the case unfortunately!

After parting with my hard earned cash I opened this book eager to absorb a wealth of knowledge on this subject but instead I'm presented with chapter one 'equipment'.
The first half of this chapter is dedicated to camera bodies and lenses? I already own a camera and lenses so why do I need to learn about this in my so called lighting book?
This theme continues through out the book with more informative sections such as 'how a camera records light' 'camera settings' 'posing your subject' 'photographic genres' 'post production' 'back up and management' 'colour management' I could carry on with many many more non lighting related topics!

This is clearly just a rehashed version of any old photography basics book with a deceiving title to seduce aspiring flash photographers to part with their money.
If thats what your looking for then amazon has lots of other photography basics books from much more highly regarded photographers, you might want to look at those instead.

I guess you really cant judge a book by its cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Mar. 2013
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This book was well worth every penny I spent on it. It's excellent Quality in Print for both photos & reasonable sized print. It also has clear simple lighting diagram's, with easily understandable explanations. I've attempted one light photography previously myself, but had never been happy with the results. I have no doubt since reading this book all has become clear in what I was doing wrong & it won't happen again. All Thanks to John Denton.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2012
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Many photographers will never get to use studio equipment. They may aspire to but do not have the space that it needs or cannot justify the purchase. I have never owned that type of gear but have been able to use it in professional studios and can well-appreciate the convenience, power and broader range of lighting effects that it offers.

Most amateurs will be quite happy to own one of the top-of-the-range models offered by their camera manufacturer or one of the third-party models which may be less expensive and offer a few extra features. Although costing the same as most mid-range zooms, there are certain things that can be done with them and some that cannot. I was hoping that the book may be oriented more towards that sort of amateur rather than that who owns a variety of flash gear, including studio units but there are repeated references to such equipment and many illustrations that include them.

If other writers are to be believed, many US photographers have a garage large enough to sometimes use as a studio. Otherwise, they have a room with a size and height of ceiling that makes its occasional use as a studio relatively easy. Not many British homes have garages that large or similar room sizes and I know of very few who have some sort of home studio facility.

I am therefore unsure just how relevant this book will be to my needs and I may need to seek out another.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Dudley on 17 Aug. 2012
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I bought this to revise prior to a fill-in flash course, but was very disappointed. As others have said, it is very much based on studio work, and, what was not revealed in the description is that it is almost totally about portrait photography. There is one three page chapter on photographing anything other than people - namely food and motorcycles! I expected a book on how to use a single simple flash-gun in generic terms, but instead received a specialist portrait photography book. I have no interest whatsoever in photographing people, and specialise in animals and nature, areas which are not even mentioned. I have given it two stars as I think it may be of use to a portrait photographer, but it should be cleary pointed out in the description that that is what this book is about, to save people like me, who do not take portraits, wasting their money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JFitz on 11 Jan. 2013
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Nice easy read, great images, if you have a lightstand, remote flash and a few accessories It will provide you with hours of inspiration. My only crib is that while most of the images describe how they were taken, too many of them don't. I would recommend this to a friend with a remote flash.
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By Eamon on 11 Feb. 2014
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well i've been learning from youtube & other free online tutorials..and after 4 months i've got this book. unfortunately there is not a lot new. also it doesn't give you enough details about settings (technical side)..almost all the explained shots are made by TTL flash. so no manual settings.. i think book is good for begginer and a bit too plain for advanced photographer who wants to know more history or deeper look into it. this book is about photos by author (which are not great) and story how he did those, what he used to do.
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