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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; 11.4.2012 edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817400141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817400149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Joey Lawrence is . . . the future of photography. Get used to it.” —David Hobby (Strobist)

About the Author

Joey L. is one of the photography industry’s most acclaimed young names. His client list includes Verizon, Nickelodeon, History Channel, A&E, the FX Channel, Smirnoff, Summit Entertainment, Forbes, and many more. He has been featured in Professional Photographer and Digital SLR magazines, and on Eyemazing, MTV.com, National Public Radio, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Joey lectures and teaches workshops at Professional Photographers of America, Gulf Photo Plus, and Imaging USA. His online educational tutorials can be found at learnfromjoey.com.
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I learned a lot from reading this book.
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Joey's insights into meeting and shooting different cultures is amazing.
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A great learning tool from a great photographer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Clint on January 12, 2013
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I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. While I'm not sure who the book's target audience was, it is fitting for all photographers who want expand their horizons or pros to relook at how they shoot. The more experienced will probably underrate the book while beginners might overate the book. Overall, the book is a good source for learning and provides a lot of insight.

Joey L.'s book is a concise documentary of some of his work. The best of the book is the many photos you get of Joey L.'s work (5 stars). His description of styles and techniques (2 stars) are reminiscent of many photographers learning to light and photograph people. But he does get into some advanced lighting. His understanding of building rapport with his subjects is unusual for young photographers - he gets it! And the book could almost be a marketing tool for Profoto Pro 7b battery pack , Profoto flash heads, and Elinchrome's Rotalux Softbox Octa but does demonstrate the flexibly of this equipment.

The book is not the type of book that is a compelling read but one you can read and come back to later. I had to take a second look at much of the book before I really deciphered that there was really large amount information is in the book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Derek on December 10, 2012
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3 1/2 stars

I have been following JoeyL for a long time now. The book was good but I was a little upset by all the recycled material. A lot of the information can be found on his DVDs and even in his blog.

If you haven't seen any of his DVDs then this book will be great for you!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By btrenkel on December 30, 2012
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Well, years after the Kindle came out (used the iPad version in this case to have color). You would think publishers have figured out that just pushing a digital file with text and photos through some piece of software doesn't create a quality experience.

- text breaks and picture alignment - horrible
- photos seem to have gone completely missing from the 2nd half of the book. The last photo is at 39% - after that. Nothing

I'm happy to try the paper version - but stay away from the Kindle one. Useless, unless fixed.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brent A. Thale on December 11, 2012
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"Photographing Shadow and Light" is a difficult book to like. It's filled with expertly lit, well-directed commercial and fine art pictures, with the photographer's commentary on equipment used, camera settings, and his recollections of interacting with the subject during the shoot. However, I can't get past my perception of the author's arrogance and self-centered attitude that his writing style brings across. So many "I", "Me", and "My" words makes it seem like the author is more interested in celebrating his own greatness than in communicating useful information. For example, on page 35, there are 15 occurrences of "I" and "My" in one paragraph! No "I" in "team", ring a bell?

Anyway, the book covers a number of the author's shoots, many of which use surprisingly simple lighting involving an assistant holding a giant octobox, underexposing the ambient light, and using the sun as a rim light. Most of the photos are quite nice, ranging from celebrities to aboriginal people to unknown musical groups. There is even a small cosplay section, although from my point of view the cosplay shots were some of the weaker ones in the book.

The author is firmly in the "Make the shot" school of photography (as opposed to just taking a shot), and his work shows it with clean frames and appealing compositions. I'm all for that in most cases, but there is a line that can be crossed there, and I didn't care for the dust jacket shot of the two native tribesmen in traditional dress acting as the author's lightstands, it just seems like a sad caricature of how the people being photographed so lovingly don't really exist anymore.

I still give the book 4 stars based on the sheer quality of the work done, very nice pictures indeed.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr Douglas M Pruden on January 14, 2013
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I downloaded the eBook version from Kindle largely due to the enthusiastic endorsement of the author by David Hobby in his Strobist blog. Suffice it to say that my expectations were high, given the stature of Mr. Hobby in the photography community. My expectations were not met, however by this book.

The author is a young, up and coming photographer who has made rapid inroads to a successful commercial photography career at a very young age (kudos to him). While he has garnered accolades for his work from many, the effort to impart his wisdom into a book was probably not the best of ideas.

He spends much of the beginning of the book describing how he achieves what he calls his signature style. All well and good, but the formula of how he produces this look on much of the featured personal work in the first half of the book is repetitive and somewhat lacking in imagination by how little it varies. I believe this young man has confused style with technique. There is no doubt that he is a fine photographer and most of the images he produces in the book are wonderful examples of the creative use of lighting, but most of his discussion on his technique could have been easily covered with one or two examples and not the several chapters that he devoted to it.

The second section devoted to his commercial projects was more varied and entertaining to read as the examples showed how he went about problem solving and designing lighting to achieve his photographic goals. This section was, I felt, a more honest approach to his work and did not come across in as pretentious a way as his previous section of the book did.

The final section on how he post processes his work, demonstrating his work flow was useless to me as I do not use photoshop.
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