Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. He is the author of the bestselling Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. Syl covers the world of photography on his blog Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.
Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Using Flash and Natural Light for Portrait, Still Life, Action, and Product Photography)by Syl Arena
In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots,
Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots!
In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights.
Follow along with Syl and you will:
- Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels
- Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash
- Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash
- Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots
With Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only how light behaves—you’ll learn all you need to know to get started on the journey of creating and controlling light in order to make great shots. And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you get great shots at flickr.com/groups/lightingfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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If you are newer to photography and don't quite know how to make your pictures to turn out how you want them, then you should get this book. This book is a good introduction to lighting and covers everything you need to start taking control of your pictures. Lighting is one of the technical skills you need to understand to be able to get the results you want. Lighting can minimize or exagerate wrinkles, skin blemishes, muscle tone, texture, and more. It determines the shadows and highlights(while this is obvious it has a great deal to do with how your photo looks). This is one of the basic areas of photography that is often overlooked by beginers. I spent a long time reading photo magizines and working on stuff that did not allow me to control my photography. This book will get you up and moving making it a bargin. You may also find yourself wanting to learn more about exposure, compesition, and photoshop/digital editing. All four areas are more important than having the best lenses or the latest and greatest cameras. Consider the earlier digital images in magizines like National Geograpic and CD covers from the early 2000's. Think about the low res images on the internet that catch you find compelling and interesting. These images do not depend on a magical lens or the latest and greatest camera. The photographers you find yourself admiring knew something you don't and I find myself trying to catch up.
Help you understand the process of what makes a good photo into a great image. Well written, easy to understand but you have to pay attention. A must for anyone starting out in photography