- 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: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,003 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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About the Author
Neil van Niekerk is a wedding and portrait photographer. He lives in Wayne, New Jersey.
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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.
As for the book being written for professional wedding photographers, consider this: If you or I were going to hire a wedding photographer, we would expect to be shown examples of photographs that demonstrate his/her expertise. Wedding photographers should already know everything taught in this book or they would rarely, if ever, be hired.
All criticisms aside, I found the lessons informative and appropriate for amateur photographers. I mean for those those amateurs who are going from available light only to include a single on camera flash unit. The rules for single flash wedding photography, as the author states, do apply to general photography. For them, this is a must read. It is not about high level insider award winning photography. It's about the basics of using a flash. I learned a lot from it.