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Mastering Digital Flash Photography: The Complete Reference Guide (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
It seems strange that the best book around for a long time about flash photography was published in 1997, before the full scale invasion of digital cameras and super-smart flash units. That's the need that "Mastering Digital Flash Photography" is aimed at filling.

The first chapter deals with basic issues like the nature of the lighting systems available, and the second with the nature of light itself. The author then considers fill flash (the use of flash to supplement ambient light), low light flash and studio flash. The author finishes by discussing computer techniques that can be used to improve pictures captured with flash.

This book serves as an excellent introduction to the subject of flash photography, and will prove extremely useful to the individual with little or no experience with flash. (On the other hand, George does assume that the reader understands basic photography skills like exposure and digital post processing.) However, I sometimes felt that the author generalized a bit too much for an instruction manual and could have placed more emphasis on certain subjects. For example, he quite properly points out that a picture taken with fill flash is the combination of a picture at a slower speed with ambient light and a picture at higher speed with flash. I would have liked him to give more emphasis to the fact that this can sometimes create problems (as well as opportunities) by giving a moving subject blurred edges. I would also have liked to see more emphasis on the use of multiple portable flashes, given the facility for wireless control, like that of Nikon's CLS system, which modern flashes provide.

I also felt that drawing a sharp distinction between portable flash units and studio strobe lights was not necessary.
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Format: Paperback
I'd have to disagree a bit with the previous reviewers. I borrowed this book from the local library and must say that I've learned a lot. I've been a photographer for a few years, mostly self-taught, and get along pretty well. As I try to add more tools to my skill set, I'm trying to use flash better, and this book has cleared up some confusing points for me... like high-speed sync, rear-curtain sync, and other similar concepts. If you're already a pro, then this book probably won't be as useful, as it's aimed at the intermediate photographer. It adds some interesting side-bars and technical notes too, which are good for any serious photographer to understand (like how a flash works, and how far your flash should be away from your lens depending on the distance from your subject to avoid red-eye). Yeah, the pictures aren't ground breaking, but this book is a good reference for anyone who wants a better understanding of flash photography.
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This book is little more than an illustrated glossary to the terms and equipment of flash photography. I kept waiting for the author to start talking technique and for some good "how-tos." Never happened. I also have to say that the photos in the book used as examples are mediocre at best which is an odd choice. Save yourself some money and skip this one. or buy mine used.
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