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Just One Flash: A Practical Approach to Lighting for Digital Photography

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    I had the honor of receiving this book prior to release for review. I loved it. It is practical, easy to understand and just simply enjoyable to read. The authors write as though they are right there with you. It is obvious they have a deep passion and love for photography and this shows in every page. There is respect shown to the reader and what I am most impressed with is that the reader is important to them not just as a customer for the purpose of buying the book, but also as a fellow artist. There are plenty of examples given for clarification of the ideas presented. In addition, there is a certain lightness in the writing. I believe this is a great book for a beginner just learning to use a flash and who wants to take his/her art to a higher level and I think someone with experience could gain insight from the material as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    Recommended for beginners and up.

    This book is a great place to start if you've never used an off camera flash before or just want to get better at taking photographs using your flash on the camera or off of the camera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    I now understand the basics

    After reading this book, I now have a basic understanding of how to work with my Canon 60D and 580 EX11 2 flash alone with
    some Flash Accessories I purchased from GaryFond. I have taken a couple of Photo Classes and they were hard to understand
    when they talked about using the Flash but this book has help me to nderstand the basics. I have not had a chance to take any classes from the Authors but I plan to in the future to get some hands on knowledge. I got the book as a gift but would have been more than willing to pay the purchase price. I highly recommend this to anyone that needs the basics of working with one flash.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    4 Stars - Buy this Book

    A photographer once stated, "It is all about the light." There is much truth in that statement. Both indoors and outdoors there are many reasons we want to modify the lighting when we take a photograph. While many options exist, there is good reason to learn how to use a single flash unit as a modifier of the existing light. Versatility, portability and low cost are important advantages of the single flash unit. The authors have done an excellent job of discussing the single flash technique for a variety of situations and poses, both indoors and out. A very nice added feature is the "Gear Inventory" that provides a catalog of accessory items that extend the utility and versatility of the single flash. Buy this book. You'll be glad you did.
    Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.,

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Great resource and wonderful tips

    I just finished reading Just One Flash and I now feel comfortable using the new flash I received for Christmas. This is a practical guide that is full of helpful tips such as making a snoot out of a potato chip can. Who would have thought? There is a common sense approach to the information and wonderful pictures illustrating the concepts. My only complaint is that it isn't available as a Nookbook.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Exactly the info I needed to get started with using a flash!

    This is EXACTLY THE INFORMATION THAT I NEEDED to take me to the next step on my journey as a photographic artist! Having run up against the limitations of ambient light and shooting in locations in less than perfect lighting conditions I wanted to learn about the options that on and off-camera flash provide. I had seen the various lighting equipment in camera stores but didn't have a clue about how to go about learning what to use when. In this book the Deutschmann's walk you through a well illustrated step by step learning process which is easy to understand. They offer practical tips and low cost alternatives that only years of experience can provide. Along the way they remind you to practice the basics of photographic artistry by using your manual camera settings and dialing in the aperture, shutter speed, contrast, and white balance settings to create your vision. They also remind you that practice is essential and that success with any of these techniques cannot come without it. I found this book not only informative but EMPOWERING!

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    A must-read for anyone who fancies themselves a photographer

    I am one of the lucky ones who have been able to experience Rod and Robin's passion for photography firsthand in one of their classes. The classes are jammed so full of information that it is impossible to retain all the technical, artistic and and ground breaking new knowledge that is received. However you still come out infinitely better for having taken it. Rod's enthusiasm for photography, for pushing boundaries, for learning new things and for engaging others to join him in his passion are truly contagious in person.

    I got the book hoping only that some of the little things that I forgot might be in there - not expecting to have the depth of their personality so eloquently presented. It exceeded my expectations. You cannot help but be drawn in by all the photographic examples of why you would engage each technique. I loved how the book built from explaining why you might need a flash, through using only the built in flash to using an on camera flash all the way through to much more advanced off camera photography, still with only one flash. I also really appreciate that the book is not an homage to equipment and walks the reader through several do-it-yourself projects to create accessories that will work as well as expensive adjuncts. I felt like I was on a journey, one where the destination was only how much magnificence I could pull out of my own photography. I cannot wait to buy each one of their books to build my own library and will be recommending and gifting these books to many of my photography loving friends.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    A wonderful resource for students, artists, and long time photographers who want a new insight

    I was interested in this book because I only own one external flash, I only like carrying one external flash... I love to hike, camp, off road and more equipment is just not practical. This book, more than the other books by the Deutschmanns, gives you all the insights you need to understand creating images with light - it contains image series where the lighting levels are adjusted, where the camera settings are changed etc. so you can see what those various options do to adjust the look of your images. It's really a 'picture tells a thousand words' situation. The authors do cover all aspects of adjusting your camera and flash to achieve the look you're going for... they talk about equipment options, lighting angles, and more. There is a great deal of portraiture in the book, but there are some nature shots mixed in and some black and white images... not a lot, but you can get some idea of lighting in those situations as well. I'm very happy with this book. When I get in a rut, I pull it back out and flip through it to remind myself of options that I've ignored or not remembered. It's a quick read, but particularly for folks like me who just started using a camera on manual a couple years back it's a wonderful resource / reminder. I learned a lot reading it.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Accessible Flash for All

    "Just One Flash" is easily the most accessible book yet in the series of photography books written by Rod and Robin Deutschmann. This is because most beginners, or less experienced usually start with one flash when learning about photography. Like the two other books, "Off-Camera Flash: Creative Techniques for Digital Photographers" and "Multiple Flash Photography: Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers;" the series is about more than flash photography. The lessons in these books guide your choices into what to shoot and how to shoot it. It teaches a photographer to go outside the box, beyond mere snapshot and auto mode. It provides a philosophy, a mindset for going out into the field in any venue or genre of photography. "Just One Flash" has great information about several types of flash equipment; starting with the internal or "pop-up" flash of your camera. The discussion moves on to external flashes such as speedlights. Finally, the authors discuss a common sense, and simple approach to wireless flash. There is even a how to guide to make and use "flash sticks." This technique of isolating flash onto your subject is only one example of a somewhat MacGyver approach to photography that the authors seem to be noted for. Before I encountered Rod and Robin's series of books --- flash really wasn't part of my photography. I tried to do without it. Now I understand that flash is an essential part of any photographer's bag of magic. "Just One Flash" makes one understand that the road to amazing flash photography can be less expensive and much easier to understand than you might think.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Excellent for beginners

    I was lucky to get this book as a Christmas gift from a friend who always pushes me to improve my photography skills. It's got lots to offer, from the very basics of using your cameras built in flash to the use of a wide variety of adaptors for an off-camera flash. The book is for beginners, and takes you to a fairly advanced level. I've taken a few photography courses, and this book is kind of a course unto itself. I may even be able to skip taking an introductory course in flash photography! All through the book the authors emphasize low cost ways to get really great effects, unlike many commercial books that try to sell you new equipment. Some examples here - Using a polarizer and the camera's contrast setting to add soft light in a shadow, with no use of a flash; Using a sheet of common tissue as an instant light diffuser; Making a "scatterbox" out of common aluminum foil, that allows wide distribution of the flash, and creative lighting of your subject. I tried these techniques and they work! They also teach you about the "quality of light", and how to adjust it for your particular need. It's not just a "how to" book about equipment. They teach about creating a message in your photos, using the flash and simple (home-made) modification equipment. Cool! If you haven't yet purchased your external flash, buy this book first! If I had this book five months ago, before I bought my new Canon flash, I'd have saved hundreds of dollars. You don't need the built-in optical "slave flash" option of an expensive flash unit. The authors share how a simple $40 radio-triggering device will do a better job. The $35 dollar investment in this book is nothing compared to the money you save in equipment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Artistic Photography vs. Picture Taking

    The Deutschmann's book, "Just One Flash", has helped take me from a "point and shoot" mentality to that of a photographic artist. The book is written in a logical progressive manner from The Pop-Up Flash to Wireless Off Camera Flash. They give you the tools, you must do the work. They urge the reader to practice, practice, practice and make no pretenses it comes automatically. Rod and Robin want you to develop your artistic ability to create a message for the viewer of your photography. The text and accompanying photos are like having the instructors standing next to you.
    Each chapter is summarized for quick reference, diagrams easy to understand, and the gear inventory leaves nothing to chance on what to buy.
    With the knowledge you gain by reading this book there is no longer a reason to have to wait for the perfect light--you create your own!

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    I totally recommend this book.

    Well written and illustrated guide to using flash with your digital camera. Learn how and when Just One Flash will help you to create great photos. Both on camera flash and off camera flash are covered. Tips too on what equipment to get such as light boxes or just a piece of foil in the right place.

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