- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: Amherst Media; unknown edition (March 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608955702
- ISBN-13: 978-1608955701
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No posing techniques here, the book title is pretty accurate - It is all about light: available light vs. flash light, light modifiers, light measurement, indoor vs. outdoor light, on camera vs. off camera flash.
No grand unifying theory of what makes a good picture here (phew!) but great pictures with how and why they were lit the way they were. There are regularly pull-back shots showing the setup. The first two chapters even have a few photos labeled "BAD!" and why, something I would like to see more as one learns more from mistakes than from success and it is less painful to learn from other people's mistakes, even when they are voluntary to make a point.
What's great with this book is that it deals with the technical aspects without making them painful. The downside of course is that the reader is supposed to be at least somewhat knowledgeable in photography - this is not a book for the complete beginner.
In a way I find it is quite complementary with the Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers that details all the variants of all the poses and lighting diagrams. The master lighting guide is essentially studio while the direction and quality of light deals with on-location including some wedding or engagement pictures but all in all they go well together.
What does not hurt, it is easy and friendly to read and it makes a decent coffee table book.
To me a solid four-stars-and-a-half; two of his earlier books are in my Amazon shopping cart.
I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask me questions in comments.
The book is well-organized, well-written and the choice of photos to illustrate the author's points is almost perfect. The book does not oversimplify nor does it brush over details. I now use the book as a reference when considering lighting setups or just as a periodic refresher concerning what to consider when lighting a portrait.
If you are at all interested in learning how to light your images--even if its only using ambient light and a speedlight--to transform a snapshot into a professional image that "pops", this is a book for you.
This book cleared up a lot of basics of direction of light and now I am taking some amazing shots with on camera bounce flash.
The only negative is the Kindle version flow and formatting. It is very random and changes when you advance then come back to a page. I would recommend the physical copy over kindle. I wish I had bought the physical copy but it was out of stock at the time.