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More than anything, it put a burning desire to go out & shoot, so I can see what works. Though the author didn't mention his Exposure Solutions book, this book gave me the urge to buy it ... and it was more interesting than this one. Definitely a useful book for outdoor flash user.
Finally understand 'Rear Curtain Sync', and not only am I not intimidated by flash usage, but avoid that crutch called TTL flash. The author repeatedly drives home using manual over TTL flash.
Tempted to take a star off for the author's instance of chimping. Chimping bad, using a light meter good.
I'm an amateur photographer: I really love photography; but I have a day job, so photography is only a hobby. I've read dozens of books, and I like to think I understand quite a bit about photography. But somehow, flash was always a bit mystifying. I understood some of the basics: flash is basically instantaneous, so flash exposure is entirely controlled by aperture and not shutter speed; however, beyond a certain speed, the sensor is never fully exposed, so you need a special mode (High-Speed Sync) to be able to use flash. But I never really understood what was going on with my flash: it gives me distances, and zooms, and power levels ... how was I supposed to use that information? Sure, I could use the automatic TTL mode and not worry about it. But if you're a true amateur, you want to know whats going on in order to experiment creatively. And I never quite got it. This book explains it well and painlessly! In fact, it's so easy, I'm amazed none of the other books I've read have explained it.
After explaining the basics, he goes on to explore some advanced topics. Not as many as some might like, and probably not in enough detail to make you an expert. But I don't care, and you shouldn't either. This is a book about UNDERSTANDING flash photography, not about mastering techniques. I went in confused and I came out feeling that I now understand flash. I can now read more advanced books, or just experiment and learn through experience. Either way, I'm much better off than I was before. And all thanks to Peterson.
I highly recommend this book!
My only quibble is that he almost exclusively an adherent of using the flash in manual mode, which is a good way to use flash, but which shortchanges the ease of use of automatic flash modes for many operators. This is especially the case for when the flash is used in bounce mode, with modifiers, with gels, etc. A photographer with Mr. Peterson's experience and daily camera work can use a manual flash setting as second nature, but I think he would be doing students a favor by giving more examples of using auto-mode flash. All that being said, if you want a clear explanation of the mechanics of flash photography, then Mr. Peterson is an excellent teacher!
Getting this book makes it very easy to understand the magic of Flash and how to apply it to your camera.
Shooting with a Sony Camera there is no easy match. Sony has a special way to deal with the flash. There is no easy way to get the flash to subject ration if the flash is of camera.
It is still a great book to explain in a very easy way how the flash can be used. I am sure that I will get back to the book once I get some time to practice