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ISBN-13: 978-0321803542 ISBN-10: 032180354X Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Dustin Diaz has been a professional photographer since 2005. In 2009, he was named “Best Flickr Photographer of the Year” by Mashable Web Awards, and images in his 365 project attracted upwards of 60,000 views. He has written for Digital Photographer magazine and Digital Photography School, and he has co-authored a book on JavaScript. He can be found online at dustindiaz.com and flashbullet.com.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032180354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321803542
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I get a chance to re read the book I'll update with specifics.
aldridgec
I think this is a great book easy read and love all the different images in the book showing how to use the lighting.
Whitney Weiler
Probably could have skipped them all together; but they are so short they don't really get in the way.
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A few years ago, I became very interested in Strobist techniques, primarily the use of off camera flash, the importance of lighting and learning on various positioning, the equipment used by other photographers and trying to learn as much as I can from them.

There is no denying that among the best resources out there for those wanting to learn Strobist techniques is through David Hobby's strobist.com website and also the Strobist community forum on Flickr.

But where a lot of people are hardcore and invested in expensive Canon and Nikon cameras, people who spent hundreds on a single flash and other equipment, I knew that for myself... I'm not quite at that level where I am confident of spending as much as these individuals have. As much as I would love to have had the top-of-the line lens, the best off camera flash and strobes, my mindset was not there yet.

Yes, I know that may put me in the side of being a budget-conscious, fiscally conservative photographer who tends to buy speedlights from Asia for under a $100 and is always searching for the best deals on Craigslist for lenses but for now, it works for me and the more I become more confident with my photography and using off camera flash, eventually I will spend the money for a better flash.

So, I have spent months looking at Strobist website and Strobist techniques from photographers with similar equipment on Flickr and just trying to soak everything in.

But while perusing Flickr and looking at the work of the Strobist community, there was one person who's work caught my attention.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on January 4, 2012
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It may be that David Hobby, the creator of the well regarded "Strobist" web site, does not own the name. Or perhaps he doesn't care how it's used (this seems highly unlikely). In any case, no one should confuse "This is Strobist Info" with that source.

This book starts out with a small amount of text naming some of the current speedlights of Canon and Nikon and some radio triggers, light stands and light modifiers like umbrellas and softboxes. Next is a very brief explanation of the "inverse square" rule of light fall-off. The majority of the book is devoted to showing photographs captured with flash. On the left side of the gutter is the final picture, and the right side purports to be a photograph of the lighting set-up with annotations, such as the name of the lighting modifier and occasionally the distance between light source and subject. The bottom of the set-up photograph indicates the camera, lens and exposure data.

The photographs might be described as "edgy", often showing large areas of darkness and shadow, tilted horizons and hidden faces. Unfortunately there is a sameness to the fifty photographs and the lighting techniques appear to be very similar. There are set-up photographs where the light sources are barely in the picture, and because of the darkness of the images, are hard to distinguish. The data provided in each set-up picture is not standardized.

There is nothing that explains any lighting principles, like main light, or fill light. There is no mention of balancing ambient light and flash. One is left to derive these principles from the images, which I found to be so oddball that extracting any rules was extremely difficult.

Add to all of this the author's sophomoric sense of humor. It is Scott Kelby squared.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Tiger on December 28, 2011
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This book does a good job in providing detailed information on how a particular shot was achieved. The target audience is likely beginning "strobists" looking for inspiration and ideas. I was not familiar with Dustin Diaz prior to this purchase (the book popped up in my recommendations based on my other purchases); but apparently giving the detail behind the shot is his "thing". That's why I bought it and I will say the information seems reasonably complete. I haven't yet had time to try to recreate any of the shots for accuracy, but the settings all seem believable.

He has two very basic and very short chapters on 1) gear and 2) inverse square law. Probably could have skipped them all together; but they are so short they don't really get in the way. The gear chapter may be helpful if you are very new to this. Chapter 3 is the rest of the book. On the left facing page is the finished shot and the right facing page contains the pull back/set up shot. He gives distances, settings, apertures, lenses, etc. etc. Like I said, a pretty complete recipe.

As far as the images themselves, some are pretty cool and some are just so-so. Probably the most compelling shot is on the cover (and I like it). Interestingly enough, I liked some of the pull back shots better than the finished image. Warning: If you are not a fan of tilted horizons, you might not like this book. I counted at least 15 tilted shots out of about 60. Picky I know; but it does bug some people. Some of the shots seem a little soft (for instance Dad's face is a little soft on page 90...but he shot a 5 person stack at F/2 so maybe he wanted that).

Anyway, for $14-$15 I think this book is worth it. I can't say I learned a great deal from it; but I think some of the shots may inspire me to try a few different things and for that I think it is worth it.
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