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Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them 1st Edition

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Lindsay Adler is a portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her fashion editorials have been featured in dozens of publications internationally and her images have appeared in advertising campaigns and billboards throughout the country. An author of three books, you can find her as a platform speaker at events like WPPI, Photo Plus, Imaging USA, Photoshop World, and online at creativeLIVE, Kelby Training, and many more. Learn more about Lindsay at lindsayadlerphotography.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321862694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321862693
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KT on December 16, 2012
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If you don't know anything about photography, buy this book. It will be very helpful. If you've been shooting for a while, don't bother...there is nothing in here you don't already know. For example, their advice for shooting in bright sunlight is to look for shade, for shooting with back light: use a reflector or flash. The description made this book sound like it would be full of awesome expert techniques for harsh lighting, but its very basic, common sense info. This was a big waste of $15.
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Seems to be a great book, but the Kindle version is atrocious. Pictures don't line up with the captions. Pictures related to topics talked about 3 or 4 pages back, so you have to keep flipping back and forth. Very disappointing. I really want to read this book, but it's too painful. I hope they correct this issue. And, as much as I'd consider buying the paperback, it would burn me to have to buy this book twice..
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I'll admit I got some benefit out of this book; there were a few ideas that I hadn't thought of. But I've taken better photos than most of the photos in this book (my opinion). Mostly, I can sum this book up in three sentences:

1. If you're shooting in hard light, get the model in shade or cover them with a diffuser
2. Use clamshell lighting
3. Use an off-camera flash with modifiers and gels to match the light

If you didn't understand any of that, then this book is for you. If right now you're thinking, wtf, that's it!?! Then go and buy "Photographing Shadow and Light"; it will be a much better book for you.
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This is a good book for beginners. If you are new to photography or you find yourself having to take pictures in bad light then check out this book. If your learn better from videos Lindsay Adler teaches this book on kelbytraining.com called "Conquering Midday Light" [...]
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While some of the reviews said that the information inside was just common sense basics, I decided to just buy it anyway and I'm glad I did. I'm new to flash and reflectors though I've used both before and read about their use in dozens of other books before this. What this book did differently that I loved so much was to actually SHOW the difference between slight tweaks in the set up. SHOWING what the portrait looked like with the reflector full on in the face from below and then again with the reflector feathering the light and higher up, etc. Each small tweak helped me really get a feel for a lot of the concepts that I'd read about before, but hadn't fully grasped or utilized myself. I think there's an ocean of difference between knowing about a concept and then being able to apply it. This book was definitely more about how to apply concepts in a practical way rather than an abstract overview of said concepts. Maybe that's why some people felt like there wasn't enough breadth in material, because it was more indepth in just a few topics. I have enough books that say things like "avoid harsh sunlight, find shade, and use a reflector if necessary" but the discussion usually stops there and they expect you to figure it out. And while you CAN definitely figure it out yourself, some of us have very limited shooting time and want to figure out as much as we can before we get out there with our model and the clock and battery ticking. This book actually goes into the specifics like you're actually out there shooting. Loved this book. Very useful.
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Despite its slightly crude title, here's a book that takes a slightly different approach to lighting that may prove helpful to some photographers.

The book takes ten different difficult lighting situations and suggests methods for overcoming them. The chapters include titles like direct sunlight, mixed color temperatures, and dappled light with high contrast. There is also a glossary and an appendix on equipment. The book is aimed at beginners and intermediate photographers (whatever that is!) It will come as no surprise to more experienced users that the methods include using a wider aperture, increasing ISO and using fill flash. The authors write well, there are plenty of illustrations showing good and bad technique, and the book reads quickly.

There are of plenty of books that discuss how to handle lighting by starting with the equipment, such as explanations of how the shutter can be adjusted for different lighting conditions. Whether an individual will benefit more by approaching the problem of lighting from an analysis of the lighting condition depends on the individual, but the approach certainly seems to work. The authors use a minimum amount of equipment to achieve their goals, so the beginning photographer should certainly be able to match the suggested setups.

This is by no means a comprehensive approach to photographic lighting. There is no discussion of the use of multiple lighting sources or lighting ratios. The book is limited to outdoor lighting for portraits. There is no mention of how to shoot with poor lighting for landscapes, or sports photography, or indeed any other genre than portraits. Moreover, while I suppose some of these techniques are applicable to other types of photography, many are not.
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