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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book every (starting) photographer should own.
A great book every (starting) photographer should own. A very clear explanation about lighting wit lots of examples. Love it!
Published 11 months ago by Steven Scholten

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but misleading title
I'll start with what I regard as the positive elements.
There are lots of good pictures of light setups and the resulting images. The author encourages the reader to experiment and to photograph the setups used. That is something I intend to do. Even if you don't have the luxury of two high end cameras (I suspect the author does), even a mobile phone camera will give...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but misleading title, 26 Mar 2013
This review is from: Photographic Lighting (Expanded Guide: Techniques) (Paperback)
I'll start with what I regard as the positive elements.
There are lots of good pictures of light setups and the resulting images. The author encourages the reader to experiment and to photograph the setups used. That is something I intend to do. Even if you don't have the luxury of two high end cameras (I suspect the author does), even a mobile phone camera will give you a record of the setup. Link setup shot and result (use keywords!) and you'll know how to repeat a good effect.
There is a good section on setups with one flashgun. Useful for those without bottomless pockets.
The author stresses the importance of shooting raw but doesn't really say that some of his suggestions on things like white balance can only be achieved with raw files. The author also persists in using 'RAW' as if it is a file format. It isn't and should never be capitalized.
Now for the negative points.
This is a book about lighting with flash, not general lighting. There is no mention of continuous lighting. That's why I say the title is misleading.
The author is a professional, as clearly stated on the back cover. That means that casual amateurs may be rather dismayed when they discover the cost of the flash equipment he talks about. He has some setups where the three flashguns alone will set you back nearly 1000 new.
The author is also based in the USA so some UK readers will give a hollow laugh at the assertion that a dining room makes a good home tabletop studio "with room for several lighting stands"!
The book may annoy some Canon users as the author has used Nikon gear for all the illustrations. He does mention Nissin flashguns.
There is one serious omission in his stuff on basic principles. He omits to point out that exposure time has absolutely no effect on the flash exposure so long as it's in the synchronized range. It only affects the ambient light effect. Flash power, aperture and distance control the flash exposure.
These facts are hidden in what else he says but never made explicit.
The post-processing section is too brief to be very useful. The only relevant information is on changing the white balance (raw files only).
If you want to know about sharpening (mentioned briefly) buy Fraser & Schewe's book and find out how to do it properly.
To sum up: not too expensive as photography books go and containing useful stuff. The technical stuff is sometimes a bit confused and incomplete. In spite of the drawbacks, I don't regret buying it, though I wish I'd bought from Amazon! I'd suggest that Bryan Peterson's 'Understanding Flash Photography' would make a good companion and you might want to buy that first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book every (starting) photographer should own., 17 Aug 2013
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A great book every (starting) photographer should own. A very clear explanation about lighting wit lots of examples. Love it!
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