- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193395244X
- ISBN-13: 978-1933952444
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
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This book does cover pretty much everything Canon, outdoor and indoor lighting and will keep me occupied for months to come.
It covers some really basic elements of photography lighting, as well as touching on deeper Canon EOS workings. This book is for a beginner to somewhat advanced photographer. It covers studio lights to a degree, many types of studio and portable flash modifiers, and radio and optical wireless and wired remote control of Canon EOS flash systems (and non Canon).
The author does an excellent job of examining the Canon system and of explaining the features of the flashes.
That said, this isn't a replacement for the manual; it doesn't go over every button press and configuration option. Instead, there are a lot of examples showing how to use the flash and its features to get better pictures. There's lots of before and after photos to show how a feature changes the resulting image.
If you've just bought your first Canon flash, you might feel that this book assumes you have too much knowledge that you don't already have. However, if you've already learned the basics, this book will teach you some techniques that you won't easily find elsewhere, and as it does it will also show you how to set up your flash (and sometimes, Canon camera) to enable them.
I've uploaded a picture to this page that was taken using a technique learned via this book. The link is near the picture of the cover of the book at the top of the page.
As mentioned in another review, a good understanding of your Canon camera and flash are assumed by the author but then the book is not about how to operate your gear but rather how to use it more effectively to get better results. Enjoy!
This is NOT a cover-to-cover read for someone of my experience level, and as a matter of fact I skipped entire chapters (A Brief History of Flash as well as the Studio Flash chapter). Still, each chapter that I did read was packed with useful information. The author doesn't hesitate to explain theory when it enhances a techniques instruction, but this book is NOT a heavy, dry text. Guy's writing style is straight-forward and clear.
This is both a practical guide and an extremely valuable reference.