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Author Bob Davis is a photographer whose high-profile clients include Oprah Winfrey and Eva Longoria, and whose work has appeared in Time, O Magazine, and People. Along with his invaluable professional advice, this beautiful full-color book includes a DVD featuring portions of his workshop curriculum. He covers the elements of lighting and shares his two-strobe technique that will enable you to create ...
Author Bob Davis is a photographer whose high-profile clients include Oprah Winfrey and Eva Longoria, and whose work has appeared in Time, O Magazine, and People. Along with his invaluable professional advice, this beautiful full-color book includes a DVD featuring portions of his workshop curriculum. He covers the elements of lighting and shares his two-strobe technique that will enable you to create studio-quality lighting anywhere with only minimal equipment.
Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographersoffers your professional advice worth many times the cost of the book.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Become a seeker of light.
Reading lighting diagrams.
Quality over Quantity.
Chapter 2: Understanding Light.
Seeing and Knowing Light.
Quality over Quantity.
Mixed light sources.
Working with natural light.
Manipulating natural light.
The golden hour.
Chapter 3: Getting the basics right.
Exposure and how it works.
How to measure light.
Using histograms to perfect your white balance.
Aperture and depth of field.
Shutter Speed and motion capture.
ISO and digital noise.
Chapter 4: Lighting Equipment.
Controlling on-camera flashes off the camera.
Wireless radio flash triggers.
Quantum Free X-Wire.
Pocket Wizards Mini & Flex.
Batteries, batteries, batteries.
Snoots, Barn Doors and Honeycombs.
Gels and fi lters.
Basic lighting starter kit.
List of gear.
Chapter 5: Getting the most from your lighting kit.
Know your equipment.
Working with manual modes.
Aperture and Shutter priority modes.
Aperture priority (Av).
Shutter priority (Tv).
A deeper understanding: How a flash works.
High speed fl ash sync (FP).
Rear curtain sync.
Chapter 6: Controlling the light.
Simple techniques with a single strobe.
Taking the flash off-camera.
Controlling multiple flashes.
Positioning multiple flashes.
Modifying your flashes.
The importance of light modifiers.
Dealing with mixed light sources.
Temperature-balancing your flashes.
What if there are three light sources?
Mismatched color temperatures? Use them creatively!
Make the backgrounds work for you!
Chapter 7: Creative Lighting.
Long exposures and flash.
Rear Curtain Sync.
High speed sync.
Creating light patterns.
Chapter 8: Traveling Light.
What's in your bag?
Picking your equipment.
Get creative with your lighting accessories.
Getting the best from unknown locations.
Preparing for the unexpected.
Dealing with the elements.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Websites worth visiting.
Posted May 11, 2010
I have been waiting for Bob Davis to write a book which provides professional, or aspiring professional photographers a more in-depth look into his creative mind. Mr. Davis is a Canon Explorer of Light, which one can only dream to achieve in the photography industry.
Having this expertise in the field of lighting and that he is sharing it with his/her readers is a blessing. This book shows images that Bob imagines in his minds eye and how he created them. Not only the positions he uses, but the equipment and setup that he uses to achieve it. Even though us photographers won't use the "exact" setup, it gets the creative juices flowing in your mind.
The way he writes is easy to understand and each and every pages is filled with remarkable images one can wait to go out and try for themselves, putting his/her own artistic twist on it.
I'm not all the way through the book yet, but what I have learned in only two chapters was well worth the money. This is definitely one of the "must haves" for anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level.
Thank you Mr. Davis!
Posted April 28, 2010
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to improve their photo taking techniques especially if you can not make one of Robert Davis worhshops. Information imparted in this book worth much more that its cost.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.