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Off-Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Photographers Paperback – 21 Apr 2011
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"The best book I have read on the subject of shooting with your Speedlight on your hot shoe." --www.WeeklyPhotoTips.blogspot.com on "On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography"
"Will definitely help you improve your off camera flash technique and ultimately your photography." --www.EPhotoZine.com
"This is the book you've been waiting for." --www.RonMart.blogspot.com
"van Niekerk explains everything you need to know about properly using a flash to capture the best possible image each and every time." --"Shutterbug"
"This book is interesting and educational." --www.PortlandBookReview.com
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Recently I got hold of Neil's books and it was like the sun started to shine through the fog.Everything fell into place and started to make sense.Intelligent talk at the right level ,like he was standing next to you. Ideally you should start with his first book 'On-camera flash' and then move on to this one. Best money I ever spent on flash equipment. If you have a love-hate relationship with your hot-shoe flash and you are done with all the frustration, get these books. Admittedly he uses professional Canon and Nikon flashes but you cannot fail to walk away from his books and see the sun shine.
The professional photographer may rarely use the flash on-camera but will often hold the flash gun in one hand and have it above his eye level whether or not the subject's eyes are at a similar level. Sometimes, he might have an assistant or someone nearby hold the flash gun high or to one side of the subject in order to create modelling and depth in the subject. To do this usually requires a more powerful and therefore more expensive flash unit. It may require that you purchase an optional trigger unit in order to utilise all the available features.
In previous times, it would have been simple to use the standard flash socket with which almost every camera was provided and that would have allowed any flash gun to be used with either an extended sync cable or an extension lead added to the one fitted. Now, that flash socket is rarely offered and most camera systems use a dedicated flash system with its own proprietary connection format on the shoe such that you usually need to use the same brand of camera and flash. Some independent units are provided but they may offer limited choice of supported camera brands, lower power and a smaller range of features in order to be able to share as many common features as possible, ignoring those exclusive to one brand.
This book may not provide all the answers to all of these problems but what it offers is a variety of practical solutions based upon years of working knowledge and experience. It is not the most comprehensive book on the use of flash but it provides more advice about using the flash off the camera than any other that I know. If you want to improve your use of flash, this is a book that you should consider.
Personally, I thought that the on-camera flash book by the same author was better value for money - possibly because I don't have an assistant to hold my flash gun/umbrella/softbox. Several chapters of these books overlap and although some things have been reworded/corrected/improved I do prefer the on-camera flash book. If you do use your flash gun mostly off-camera, I can thoroughly recommend this book. Apart from the many similarities (manual vs TTL flash, metering, balancing ambient light and flash), there are two things that might make you lean more towards this book:
1. Different topics: this book focuses more on positioning the flash and has a very interesting chapter on how to overpower the sun with flash.
2. This book contains so-called "Sample-sessions", i.e. information about a few shoots Neil did which were less prominent in the on-camera flash book.
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