- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584282584
- ISBN-13: 978-1584282587
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography
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"On-camera flash or strobe lighting is demystified in Neil van Niekerk's latest book." sacramentobookreview.com
"Explains everything you need to know about properly using a flash to capture the best possible image each and every time." Shutterbug
"This is my #1 pick so far for Photography Book of the Year . . . Thank
you Neil van Niekerk for sharing your pearls of wisdom in a way that is easy to understand, without using 47 speedlights or $1000+ in light modifiers! www.ronmart.blogspot.com
About the Author
Neil van Niekerk is a wedding and portrait photographer. He lives in Wayne, New Jersey.
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1. I do know Neil van Niekerk
2. I use very little flash
I've known Mr. Niekerk for more than a few years and there are few photographers for whom I have as much respect, personally or professionally.
While I am known for my "available light" work I do consider a mastery of light, be it available or supplemental, to be crucial for the production of great images.
Mr. Williams states, eloquently, in his foreword that we live in the age of the "quick-fix" during which period it really does seem to be de rigueur to eschew knowledge and learning.
If you recognize that "flash" is your weak point, or if you desire to improve your lighting skills & knowledge then I suggest that this book should not only be on your purchase list, at the top :), but also that you do spend the time reading, practicing and understanding the techniques and concepts presented in it, paying particular attention to Mr. van Niekerk's statement regarding manual exposure; "You decide. Not the camera." This is of key importance and is often overlooked or neglected
The book itself is very well written, using precise, unambiguous language leaving little, if any, room for misunderstanding. The chapter subjects are comprehensive.
The diagrams are clear and concise and each and every photograph in the book illustrates its point very clearly.
My only issue with the foreword is that Mr. William's statement this "is a fantastic book" is that it is not in bold print!
It is indeed a fantastic book. It's not a quick fix, I don't believe it was ever intended to be one.
It does require reading and practice, after all practice does make perfect!
IT ROCKS! I got it today and I am done with it already. I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness I had the time to read it. Here is what I love about it.....Neil shows you the shot would be typically be shot. Then, he tweaks the lighting with a flash.....shows you the difference, then makes another change and shows the different yet again. The examples in this book are AMAZING! The author knows how to teach and he does it extremely well.
Trust me when I tell you to buy this book and memorize it. It's actually going in my camera bag as a reference manual now that I marked it all up.
This might be my favorite photography book to date! Buy it.....you'll love it!
That moment came a few weeks ago. I bought a 430EXII and went through the website again. It had a ad about the site's author also writing a book. I bought the book as soon as Amazon released it and poured through its pages.
I was just amazed at the amount of helpful information the book had. The author, Niel van Niekerk, was really obsessed about making sure that the subject didn't look like a flash was used on her. He showed a lot of examples of how a picture would look like if only existing light was used and how the lighting was greatly enhanced by using flash.
I don't know but he made a believer out of me.
He never suggested this but I went to a hobby store and bought a life-sized styrofoam head so I can practice bouncing the flash while creating a flattering kind of lighting. Sorry if this sounds weird but it is so hard for me to convince my wife to practice using the flash on her.
I think this book would be very helpful for people new to using flash and also to people who already has some flash experience. He uses a lot of examples from his wedding shoots but his techniques can be applied to most situations. He talks about using flash in different types of lighting situations. He does so in a manner that is not very technical. In fact, he only used 1 chart in his entire book.
If you want to read a bit about what he has to say, google "Planet Neil flash photography techniques". Like me, you will be amazed at what he has to say and you will probably buy the book too.
I have already finished it and I will probably read it a couple more times.
One last word about the author. I had a question about a gel he mentioned in his book so I sent him an e-mail. He responded promptly and was very nice.