My latest book, Lighting for Digital Photography,
will start shipping in a matter of weeks is now available. With an average street price of $14.00, I think that it is a great value for 260+ pages of yours truly. You’ll find it here on Amazon.
As part of Peachpit’s Snapshots to Great Shots series, Lighting for Digital Photography has a great format that presents a ton of info in a very readable manner. For instance, every chapter opens with two Poring Over the Picture spreads in which I talk about the details of some of my favorite photos (such as the shot of an Arena family reunion that I lit with two Speedlites, shown below).
Chapter 1: The Five Characteristics of Light talks about how to see and describe light. I go deep into my DICCH model for understanding light—Direction, Intensity, Color, Contrast, and Hardness.
Chapter 2: Your Light Capturing Machine surveys the fundamentals of camera settings and talks about how each relates to making decisions about lighting.
Chapter 3: Using the Light Around You covers the differences between natural, artificial, available, and ambient light. It then explains the daily cycle of sunlight and presents many ways to make great shots in natural light (which here in California means how to make great shots in direct sunlight).
Chapter 4: Creating Your Own Light surveys the many types of photographic light and then goes deep into the fundamentals of flash photography. If you have ever wondered why your shots seem overexposed when you turn your flash on, this will be one of your favorite chapters.
Chapter 5: Lighting for Tabletop and Macro Photography applies the lighting skills to subjects that don’t move–which is a great way to begin learning how to light.
Chapter 6: Lighting Fundamentals for Portraits covers ten different shoots in which I used one light to create a great portrait. As importantly, each shoot covers the details of how I managed the ambient light and the specifics of why I used the gear that I did.
Chapter 7: Advanced Lighting for Portraits adds additional lights to the conversation. In eight shoots, I cover the making of a wide range of portraits; from glamour headshots to group shots. The piece I shared a few weeks back on shooting white seamless was excerpted from this chapter.
In the Appendix: The Gear I Use I talk quickly about the specifics of each bit of gear that I used in shooting the book.
Houston added to Speedliter’s Intensive Fall Tour
Just a quick announcement to say that Houston has been added to my Speedliter’s Intensive Fall Tour. If you would like to go deep into the world of Canon flash photography in a single day, I hope that you’ll check out the tour schedule. You will find the cities, dates, and details here. SAVE $25 with the promo code PX25.
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