Direction & Quality of Light: Your Key to Better Portrait Photography Anywhere

Direction & Quality of Light: Your Key to Better Portrait Photography Anywhere

by Neil van Niekerk

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Providing readers with a study of learning how to turn poorly lit images into finely crafted, masterfully lit photographs, this guidebook instills photographers with the self-confidence to think on their feet and photograph any portrait subject anywhere. Acclaimed photographer Neil van Niekirk presents seven distinctly different lighting scenarios—available light, exposure metering, a touch of flash, bounced on-camera flash, off-camera flash, video light, and hard sunlight—to show readers how to manipulate the direction and quality of light, the subject’s and photographer’s position, and numerous other variables so as to turn a bad image into a stunning, professional-level portrait. Packed with dozens of instructional, full-color photos, this work also features 10 sample photo sessions, allowing readers the opportunity to see the seven lighting scenarios put to practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608955718
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 157
Sales rank: 1,076,131
File size: 60 MB
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About the Author

Neil van Niekerk is a professional photographer and the author "of Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers" and "On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding""and""Portrait Photography." He lives in Wayne, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author




Chapter 1: Working with Available Light

Chapter 2: Exposure Metering

Chapter 3: Just a Touch of Flash

Chapter 4: On-Camera Bounce Flash

Chapter 5: Off-Camera Flash

Chapter 6: Video Light for Photography

Chapter 7: Working with Hard Sunlight

Chapter 8: Ten Sample Photo Sessions



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"Explains everything you need to know about properly using a flash to capture the best possible image each and every time."  —Shutterbug on On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

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Direction & Quality of Light: Your Key to Better Portrait Photography Anywhere 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sobasphotos More than 1 year ago
An easy to understand lighting guide. My two favorite parts of this book were the sample images. I'm a photographer so anytime I can see what I'm reading about the better. The samples showed ok lighting and then what they changed to take that image to the next level and really give it a wow factor. The changes were very simple but made a big difference. My second favorite thing was his explanation of guide numbers. I've never had it explained to me in such an easy to understand way. 
AndyBG More than 1 year ago
The book is clearly written and very practical. What you learn from this book is immediately applicable to real-life situations. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Neil van Niekerk's latest book "Direction and Quality of Light". I have been waiting for months to get my hands on a copy of this book and I was not disappointed. I love Neil's conversational style and the way he is able to concisely convey his message with the right level of technical detail that is useful and not overwhelming. As a hobbyist, I hear a lot about "finding great light" and this book finally explains not only how to evaluate the existing light, but how to use it and what to do to make it better. The material in the book is presented in a very logical manner and really takes you into Neal's head and conveys his thought process throughout. He shows you where he started and step by step what he did to solve the problems he faced for each set up. In addition, this book illustrates techniques from using only available light to more complex set ups using multiple light sources. On top of it all, there is a bit of his wit and beautiful photos throughout. I am excited to try many of these techniques very soon. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TerryAugu More than 1 year ago
Neil is a true teacher. You will understand the concepts and be able to manage almost any lighting situation by the end of the book. As with his previous publications, he doesn't scare you off with overly technical jargon and shows you that it's not all about expensive equipment. As photographers, many of us despise shooting in bright midday sun...others fear low light and Flash. He covers it all with excellent photographs, real-world tips and clear descriptions. Prior to diving into the book, it does help to have a general understanding of the basics: ISO/shutter speed/aperture/focal length. For the automatic mode shooters out there, this book will help ease you out of that safe zone and challenge you to really use the camera to work with your light. Neil is not one of those photographers who leaves you mystified and wondering, "How'd he get that shot?!". It's all spelled out with simple diagrams, pull-back shots (which I love!) and camera settings. You'll get a glimpse into how he sets up a shot. He walks you through the reasoning behind his selection of location, poses & positioning and settings - always keeping direction and quality of light in mind. So in my opinion, it's a must-have for any portrait photog's arsenal of reference materials.