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Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Using Flash and Natural Light for Portrait, Still Life, Action, and Product Photography) Kindle Edition
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I purchased Lighting for Digital Photography in kindle version so that I always had a reference handy without lugging a book around. This book comes second place to Speedliters Handbook, mainly because I use Canon, but both books are excellent for beginners and those wanting to improve their photography techniques. I give Lighting For Digital Photography 4 stars but I do feel the Speedliters Handbook is the better of the two.
I had a huge light bulb moment when I read the swimming pool explanation for depth of field and aperture size, I haven't troubled with it since, a confusing subject made simple and for that information alone, the price of this book was worth. Thank you Syl I thoroughly enjoyed your book.
The book is well written and concentrates on how lighting affects photography, and in particular, how to best use flash either alone or in conjunction with natural daylight. The diagrams and photographs illustrate the points well, the author is clear about which equipment will make the most difference and where large sums of cash are not needed to achieve good results. The writing style is engaging with a good mix of practical and technical explanation.
Some of the product names used might need a short search if you want to buy them in the UK or Europe, but in general they are very easy to identify just by asking in a local art shop.
There is a Flikr group to go with the book - linked from within the Kindle version and there are plenty of exercises to reinforce the teaching points.
The colour illustrations really do make the book come alive so reading on a colour device or PC screen would be recommended.
In short - an excellent book for anyone wanting to get beyond the beginner stages and improve their understanding of lighting.
I've not read the whole book yet but so far it has delivered everything I'd wanted. In a clear, simple and unpatronising way, well explained and illustrated, it takes you through the theory of lighting photographs and how to use a range of equipment to achieve the effects that you want. I have always thought that the critical ingredient in a good photograph was the light, and this book confirms that. I can see this becoming one of the most important references as I work on my photography.
I have two additional observations that might be helpful.
Firstly the author uses Canon equipment throughout. However everything I've read so far is universally applicable.
Secondly, a number of comments for the Kindle edition complain that references to and text about the illustrations are on different pages from the illustrations themselves. That is actually the same in the book. For example on page 11, the second paragraph refers to Figure 1.4, which is immediately below. The final paragraph on that page refers to and explains Figure 1.5, which is on the next page.
Now I wouldn't class my self as a beginner to photography but I am by no means an expert. This book is great for teaching you a little more, or simply as a reminder or point of reference to the pros out there. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and the book is filled with before and after shots to show you the type of effect you will be aiming for before doing it yourself.
A great book that would make a perfect gift for anyone wanting to know a little more about photographic techniques and get the best out of there equipment. Or even a gift for yourself!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plenty of good examples with photos of lighting layout and series of photos with settings clearly explaining the impact of varying lighting setupsPublished 6 months ago by Cat
Another gem from Syl Arena - as always explained in a very understandable wayPublished 10 months ago by S. Mitchenall
Great accessory for the "Speedliter's Handbook. Highly recommend both.Published 17 months ago by D. A. W. Roberts
Excellent book gives a good insight to using natural light at various time during the dayPublished 20 months ago by R. T. Bunnett
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