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Very little on lighting, almost nothing on shooting. Mostly how to edit in Photoshop.
on September 11, 2014
I got this based partly on the promise that it could take you from empty studio to finished product in one book. Well, no it doesn't. For the "light it" part, for example, I was really hoping for a book that explained the various lights - colors, advantages of continuous vs strobe vs speed lights vs leds - what the various light modifiers would do, how best to power them in the studio and some tips on what to look for when selecting lights. Unfortunately, what you get are examples of where he placed his lights, what power and which modifiers. Frankly, I needed - and expected more. The "shooting it" part? Maybe I missed it. There were no tips on actual shooting at all, save to say he mostly shoots at f/11. How about some tips on lens selection, f/stop pros and cons, depth of field discussions, how far to place the model from the background, the pros and cons of various types of backdrops. Nada. What this book is heavy on is the "retouch it" part. Kelby shows off his Photoshop prowess (and he is really, really good at this - that wasn't a swipe) in some nice detail. It's the only thing that saved the book from a one-star rating in my view. It could be so much better but fails to live up to the title.