Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them Paperback – October 4, 2012
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About the Author
Erik Valind is a commercial lifestyle and portrait photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches. Airy and energetic lifestyle imagery defines the style and vision of this Westcott-endorsed Top Pro Photographer. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has lent his expertise to shape the public image of numerous national brands and campaigns. Erik shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally at major photo events, as an author, and online as a Kelby Training instructor.
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Paperback : 223 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0321862694
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321862693
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Peachpit Pr; 1st edition (October 4, 2012)
- Language: : English
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1.) There's no information about how they shot the image on the cover of this book. If it's on the cover, I would imagine it's supposed to be the best-of-all-possible worlds example of how these techniques can be used. And it's nowhere. C'mon. Put it in there. Show us how it's done.
Secondly, and I'm guessing here because it's never addressed in the text, the authors never discuss what, if any, post processing has been performed on the images. Some of the images appear to have had some skin smoothing work...but I dunno. It would be good if the authors would talk about that aspect. Unless the authors are shooting JPEGs and putting them directly in the book, some work has to be done, and a beginner might not understand that and be confused as to why the results they're getting in-camera do not match what they're seeing on the page.
Very easy to follow, and great techniques for beginners. Consider this book an introduction that will get you started in understanding light, and how to bounce it around using very simple, inexpensive tools. I definitely recommend this book, found it helpful, easy to follow, and well-written.
1. If you're shooting in hard light, get the model in shade or cover them with a diffuser
2. Use clamshell lighting
3. Use an off-camera flash with modifiers and gels to match the light
If you didn't understand any of that, then this book is for you. If right now you're thinking, wtf, that's it!?! Then go and buy "Photographing Shadow and Light"; it will be a much better book for you.
Not one I'm keeping in my library, but definitely passing it along to a fellow enthusiast.
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And I can see why they make stuff look easy, it's essential to have real world solutions up your sleeve, when you think about it, the better you are at problem solving, the more you can concentrate on what you actually want to do with the shot, so the idea of the book really appealed.
and it is a very good way to look at quick workarounds for everyday situations. i like theres a lot of pics. some have said the pics are all a bit similar, but i always feel in real life shoots, even when you've dealt with the major 'overall' problem with the scene, theres still lots of details to fix. so its good to see how to effect the situation in finer detail.
anyways, I did a shoot yesterday (i have to shoot more because of client budgets getting ever smaller) and this book saved my life about 3 times.
so worth the price about 10 times over in a day, gotta be worth a shot (no pun)
I have read quite a few books on photography, lighting, composition etc, and too many of them (all of them actually) suffer from a lack of "teaching quality" - they often just show a great picture and explain how they made it. Whereas in this book they teach you how to actually get from here to there. Starting with a typical crappy photo and walking through the thought- and work process to arrive to one or more solutions.
I think it is fair to say I have gained more practical knowledge from this book than from any other so far. So five stars it is! I only hope to find more books with this approach.
Incidentally, some of the authors comments about iso settings and the cameras sensitivity to light are wrong - increasing iso does not make the camera "gather light more efficiently"!