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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608952789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608952786
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


"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


"Will definitely help you improve your off camera flash technique and ultimately your photography." —www.EPhotoZine.com


"This book is interesting and educational." —www.PortlandBookReview.com

About the Author

Neil van Niekerk is a professional photographer and the author of "On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding""and""Portrait Photography." He lives in Wayne, New Jersey.

More About the Author

I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based in northern New Jersey, and I also maintain a website for photographers which contains numerous articles on flash photography and various aspects of digital photography.
http://neilvn.com/tangents/

My interest in this wonderful medium started when I was still in high school. That would be in the late 70's, if you're trying to gauge the longevity of my interest in photography.

I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, but I emigrated to the USA in 2000. I am now a resident of New Jersey, USA, where I live with my wife and daughter.

I love photography for a variety of reasons. The stimulation and excitement of responding to new situations satisfies both my analytical and creative sides, and I also truly love working with people. I get real pleasure from sharing the happiness with the people that I photograph, and knowing that I'm creating images that will evoke wonderful memories for a lifetime.

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This book is THE handbook for shooting with off-camera flash.
Adam Richards
I highly recommend this book to anyone having trouble getting the most from their flash!
Mark Coons
This book is pretty awesome, well written and easy to understand.
Kevin Floyd

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Floyd on February 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wish I had this book when I first started out. Taking your flash OFF your camera is the single most important thing you can do in my opinion to separate yourself from the pack. Red Eye magically disappears. I was taking a workshop and realized my pictures did not look like those who where using Off camera flash, but I did not know where to begin. This book is pretty awesome, well written and easy to understand. Topics include: The Right Gear, Exposure Control for Ambient Light, Settings, When to use High Speed sync, TTL or Manual, Triggering techniques and Positioning of the Flash. I like the point that on overcast days you can pick any background you wish and by adding a light and a little practice with the knowledge from Neil, you have complete control. For use in Portraiture, Fashion, and Wedding photography. However, I do use ON camera flash. Some situations call for it. Yet, if given the choice i get superior results with OFF Camera flash and this is the book that explains the mystery.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richards on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is THE handbook for shooting with off-camera flash. The photos are gorgeous. There are tons of image sequences showing the results of different flash and camera settings and setups. It's obvious in his writing how seriously he takes his ligthing. And it shows in the pictures. The book is filled with these great photos and he breaks them all down so you can see what went into creating the final prodcut. I've read many great lighting books but this one really has it all. As with his On-Camera Flash book, this is essential reading.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nan Bery on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I follow Mr. VanNiekirk on his website and am amazed at the information he shares with photographers on how to use flash. It's simply explained and full of great examples. I have made great advances on my use of flash with his generous tips and techniques. No buying expensive gadgets, or knick-knacks required. Just technique.
This book is a great addition and I keep it with me for reference and ideas. The photo examples of mistakes, alongside how to fix them, are invaluable.

He has really simplified the complex and intimidating realm of using flash.
I have the 1st book, and could not wait to get my hands on this one. With all the other gear we buy as photographers, this purchase is a no-brainer. I refer to these books a LOT more than any others I have purchased. So thankful to find someone willing to explain this complex topic and share his secrets.

If you don't have one, GET ONE! You won't regret it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alan Shi on November 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book, van Niekerk delivers another excellent text on the topic of flash photography. "Off-Camera Flash" is a short, concise, and easy-to-read book that is a great complement to van Niekerk's earlier book about on-camera flash. In both books, I particularly appreciated how accessible the information presented is to the average photographer. Unlike books like "Hot Shoe Diaries", which presents increasingly complex lighting situations involving a myriad of expensive equipment, this book discusses common scenarios and the basic equipment and techniques needed to shoot a successful image.

The book begins with a basic introduction, followed by a very practical chapter on equipment. As in other places in the book, this chapter discusses both Nikon and Canon equipment (even though for the most part, the information is not really vendor-specific, so it is usually unnecessary). There are some very useful pictures of the various pieces of equipment discussed that show up throughout this chapter.

Several chapters covering technical information about flash photography are presented next, and these are the real gems of the book. Although there is some overlap with "On-Camera Flash", most of the information is unique, and for the topics that were overlapping, I found the descriptions in this book to be better. There is fantastic coverage of ambient vs. flash exposure, and which factors affect each situation. Excellent example photographs supplement the text to reinforce the ideas described. There is also very thorough coverage of TTL vs. manual flash, and when to use each mode.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Waiters on March 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you want to understand the why and how to Really use Off Camera flash, then get this book.
I have followed Nick and he is using a common sense approach in teaching off camera flash.
The Book has 10 chapters from the Intro to Sample sessions. If you read this book and apply what Nick is saying then you should have no fear.
Look at Chapter 4 Manual vs TTL, Flash, you will learn and understand what manual flash is and better understand what manual flash exposure is
controlled by 4 things

aperture choice
iso choice
subject to light source distance
power setting on the flash
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Medina on March 5, 2011
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Another wonderful book by Neil. In this book, as in the first, On-Camera Flash, Neil explains in detail his knowledge and his vast experience with photography, in this case with the use of off-camera flash.
I must recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to take good pictures with off-camera flash, as well as deciding when to use manual flash or TTL flash, how to position the individual with respect to the direction of ambient light, how to position the flash with respect to the subject, when using flash as fill flash, or as main lighting, how to correctly measure the exposure, how to balance flash with ambient light, what are the advantages and disadvantages of high-speed flash sync, etc .
I must confess that my photography has improved considerably after reading the first book of Neil and since I read every day your web site ([...]).
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