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Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 28 Mar 2011
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"Ibarionex is a passionate photographer who has poured himself into this book, and his joy in photography comes through. These are positive photos that make you feel good about the world we live in."
― Rob Sheppard, Author, photographer, and editor-at-large atOutdoor Photographer Magazine
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Light. It's the most transformative tool at any photographer’s disposal. Whether the lens is turned to people, wildlife, or landscape, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot and a powerful photograph. In Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light, renowned photographer, writer, and educator Ibarionex Perello shares his unique insights for partnering with natural light to create evocative digital images. He brings his palpable passion and personal approach rooted in decades of experience, and reveals his honed techniques for controlling focus, exposure, white balance, and sharpness to create beautiful and impactful photographs. In an industry so obsessed with gear, this book bridges the gap between the technical and the creative and returns to a personal, inspirational narrative about perceiving and photographing light.
This book will enlighten photographers of all levels about
• the elements of exposure, metering, and ISO
• light’s impact on color and controlling color balance
• combining brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and pattern enhancing portraits with available lighting
• direction and quality of sunlight and shooting in rural and urban landscapes
• the power of light in black and white
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As an aside the authors podcast is quite wonderfully presented.
This is no different and I would class it amongst the extremely good. Another advantage of this book over many others is that it is oriented towards digital photography and therefore applicable for today's photographers using current (or reasonably current) equipment.
Unlike some, it is not expressly about lighting, although it is part of its coverage but includes exposure, ISO choice and colour balance which, in available light situations can be very relevant.
Available light, by definition, precludes photography in normal daylight unless under very adverse conditions and the use of flash. It can include photography in artificial light and often the term is used to mean just that single category of photography. Artificial light can be anything from a candle, through household and street lighting to the use of high intensity lamps. Each of these has a wholly different character and colour and affects the captured image in different ways. It may increase or reduce the affects of shadow, cause colour changes that the camera may or may not be able to control, or cause an overall or localised colour cast to be seen in the image.
You may want one or more of these effects but you may not. The book guides the reader through these and a variety of other problem situations that may be encountered and does so in a friendly way, but with just enough authority.
The book is thoroughly illustrated from beginning to end and, for the benefit of those who may prefer to see it, exposure details are included as is some relevant, general data. The quality of the images is high and the printing standards are also high, as is true of every New Riders title. In broad terms, New Riders is one of the better sources of instructional photographic guides although it has a relatively small number to date, but that number is on the rise with one or two every year. Their titles tend to be substantial, but not inexpensive, and very modern.
The author is not one that I know or have encountered anywhere else, but does seem to possess a great deal of practical experience. For the book's absolute readability, not least some attractive imagery, it is easily recommended.
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