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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the US aspect of the writing and you will be accessing some great tips for your wedding photography. I have long been a fan of David's and most of his techniques have been published on his blog. However this book gives you the finishing touches to his ideas and coupled with his sessions on Kelby Training will give most wedding photographers the low down on applying David's tricks of the trade.
I use most of his suggestions and have found them to work well and lift my wedding photography to the next level.
The book is a great technique guide for any photographer venturing into weddings during these economically challenging times..
Anyone aspiring to be a great exponent of flash photography should read this book,and then look at what Neil Van Niekerk, Joe McNally and Damien Lovegrove are doing. A great combination of unique resources and mostly available on the web.

Great value book for all wedding photographers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Whilst this is an American book and I am a rustic Welshman I enjoy the flowing style and both the artistic and technical content. I have warmed to American presentation being a NAPP member and having followed Scott and the boys for a number of years. The flow is great and the content is quite inspirational. It makes you want to get out there and shoot. If you have read more general books on photography this is definitely one to buy I have read certain sections a few times, the content being so extensive this was necessary to get it logged in. As soon as I read it I got my SB800 speedlights out and experimented. I am waiting for the upgrade to a Nikon D700 or similar to come out to use the high ISO capabilities to follow on from the book. Buy it you won't be disappointed (that is if you have no aversion to the US style of presentation).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2010
Nicely presented book with some good ideas but a little too "American" for my conservative UK tastes. There's a few techniques I'll try but I think the Neil Van Niekerk book on flash techniques works better. Not a negative review by any stretch but there are better books...
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on 28 June 2014
I'm not a wedding photographer, just an amateur so this is my perspective. The book feels dated about 5yrs behind and the quality of the printing of photographs inside is average. There is some good advice and techniques which is applicable for today as light is light! The diagrams for lighting are reasonable but they don't show a 3 dimension only 2 which is a poor oversight as height of the light source would influence the outcome of the photo. I would only recommend this book for a total beginner as any photographer would be able to learn most techniques from the multitude of websites and YouTube tutorials out there. If this book was cheaper that the thirty bits I paid I would have given it four stars.
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on 17 January 2013
I found I had to ignore the very USA, baroque heaviness of the book's design and even the photos BUT he absolutely knows what he's talking about and once you've made the cultural leap, the techniques and analysis are pure gold. Diagrams clear, shots illustrate the point, and it's very thorough. Just as every art student should know how to draw, every portraitist and wedding-shooter should be able to do this stuff, even if - no, ESPECIALLY if - they call themselves documentary moment catchers or whatever. Learn this and incorporate it into your modern, UK-sensitive style, and you'll have happier clients, guaranteed.
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on 16 February 2013
If you aspire to becoming a wedding photographer, this book is mandatory reading. It is a delightful book and in my opion will become the book by which all future wedding photography books are judged. David gives tips from experience, settings and above all reasons why he chooses equipment and techniques, even a sample finished album showing beautiful layout possibilities. As you read the book you realise you are listening to an undisputed master of his art.
And I have not mentioned the simple and beautiful snaps of delicate flowers and lace that accompany almost every page.
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on 10 September 2010
Despite the fact that I was already aware of how to use off camera flash. I still found this book incredibly useful and informative. It gives you a huge amount of practical and easily useable advice that will really transform your photos.

It is geared very much towards weddings, but you will still get a lot out of it if you're only in to photographing indoor or outdoor portraits.

I highly recommend this book to amateurs and pros of all levels.
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on 2 July 2010
Captured By The Light is a really good resource for wedding photographers, and many of the concepts are applicable to general portrait photography too. It drills into you the importance of consistency and 'thinking about light' rather than just shooting and hoping.

Follow the advice and your photography will improve, it is as simple as that. A very good book indeed.

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Chris Keep
Keep Shooting Photography
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on 1 June 2010
I found this to be an excellent book. David has wedding photography down and this book tells you how he does it. It goes into great detail on how to construct beautiful lighting. He also describes in minute detail a typical wedding shoot ( a lot of work, for I suspect, a lot of cash:)). I thorough read of this book will save you a lot of time IMO.
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on 15 September 2011
Everyone has said it all really. Mr Ziser has crafted an excellent read. The layout makes it easy to follow, and belies the years of experience summed up in what is a very concise style. The section on hardware is informative and threw up some surprises on what the author uses in his day-to-day business. Highly recommended.
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