- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321752503
- ISBN-13: 978-0321752505
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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"Ibarionex is a passionate photographer who has poured himself into this book, and his joy in photography comes through. These are positive photos that make you feel good about the world we live in."
— Rob Sheppard, Author, photographer, and editor-at-large at Outdoor Photographer Magazine
From the Back Cover
Light. It's the most transformative tool at any photographer’s disposal. Whether the lens is turned to people, wildlife, or landscape, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot and a powerful photograph. In Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light, renowned photographer, writer, and educator Ibarionex Perello shares his unique insights for partnering with natural light to create evocative digital images. He brings his palpable passion and personal approach rooted in decades of experience, and reveals his honed techniques for controlling focus, exposure, white balance, and sharpness to create beautiful and impactful photographs. In an industry so obsessed with gear, this book bridges the gap between the technical and the creative and returns to a personal, inspirational narrative about perceiving and photographing light.
This book will enlighten photographers of all levels about
• the elements of exposure, metering, and ISO
• light’s impact on color and controlling color balance
• combining brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and pattern enhancing portraits with available lighting
• direction and quality of sunlight and shooting in rural and urban landscapes
• the power of light in black and white
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I have been a fan of "The Candid Frame" since I listened to Ibarionex's interview with Vincent Versace several years. Ibarionex is the real deal. Along with Chris Orwig and Vincent Versace, I have learned more from Ibarionex than anyone else.
I also saw Ibarionex in San Francisco at an Adobe event this summer. Even if you have been making pictures as long as I have (60 years), you will learn a lot from this books. Sit back and savor this book.
As far as the photos and contents, I really learned a lot from the the technique he uses for his portrait and street shots. He explains the basics well from configuring ISO and looking for available light. Also he explains available light in different kinds of photography, some better than others. One thing this book has in its pictures that a lot of other photography books don't is the equipment he uses for each shot. A great read for anyone getting into photography or has some experience in it.
Ibarionex Perello has done an outstanding job of explaining the use of light to produce photographs. He does it without complexity and without technical jargon. Now the manual makes sense. To get the best out of your camera, read the manual. To get the best out of your manual, learn about light. Read Chasing The Light. Then go back and read it again. Six stars!
While I may not feel as moved or touched by what the author has photographed, I respect the simple fact these photographs are representative of HIS visions; in no way, do they detract from the information presented. I make this point because some reviewers focus on the photographs and critique them, rather than the information presented.
I feel the book is a good one to read for a beginner just starting out or the somewhat advanced photographer who (like me) occasionally hits a wall and needs a fresh perspective on photography. I also strongly agree with the author you do NOT need to spend insane amounts of money on the latest and greatest equipment to make good photos. Buy equipment that you need because your equipment limitations prevent you from achieving your goal, don't buy it just because it is new.