Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash

Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash

by Bryan Peterson
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Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash by Bryan Peterson

Flash is a necessary and immensely creative tool that dramatically increases the opportunities of any amateur photographer. However, many amateurs find flash intimidating, unsure of where to begin. Instead, they continue limiting themselves to shooting only available light. Understanding Flash Photography is a guide to off-camera flash, helping free photographers from “auto” to get the images they want when natural light isn’t enough. If you’ve been afraid to venture past natural light, here is the book that will finally help you explore the exciting possibilities of artificial light.
Author Bryan Peterson starts by breaking down how flash works, then dispels the widely held myth that automatic “TTL” flash exposure is easier, explaining how to quickly master manual flash exposure to control the quality, shape, and direction of light.
For the hundreds of thousands who found Understanding Exposure an exciting tool in moving past “auto” exposure in available light, Understanding Flash Photography is the essential companion to mastering the often challenging exposure puzzle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817449728
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 456,361
File size: 32 MB
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About the Author

Bryan Peterson, a professional photographer, is the author of "Understanding Exposure, Beyond Portraiture, Learning to See Creatively," and "Understanding Digital Photography." A well-known instructor, he is the founder of the online school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). He lives in Chicago.

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Understanding Flash Photography 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
EDSAC More than 1 year ago
I would recommend reading Understanding Exposure prior to reading this book. Although you can learn a lot without the other book. Many have criticised that Bryan Peterson teaches to use manual only. If you learn flash exposure with the manual setting then you will be able to understand better control of your flash and lighting. If you only want to shoot in automatic or TTL then you probably don't need this book. I tried some of the techniques from this book and it made quite a difference in the final picture. The book is based on his camera equipment, especially the Nikon SP900. There are functions the SP900 can do that my flash, the SP800 can't do, but the technique is what matters. I found this book very helpful, especially for what I have been wanting to understand about my speedlight. Of course the manual that comes with it does not teach you how to use flash exposure. That's why you need a pro-photgrapher to share his ideas. Another book I found useful for understanding flash is by Joe McNally, the Hotshoe Diaries.
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wonderwomanLC More than 1 year ago
Though I consider myself a serious photography hobbyist, I never, if possible, do flash photography. My pictures at this year's Christmas celebration show why. But I have come to realize I should work to make myself more comfortable with flash photography . . . not the flash attached to my camera but an off-camera flash. And though a serious hobbyist, I am a raw beginner when it comes to the remote flash. So I did some reading of reviews on various Canon Speedlite flashes and decided the best purchase for me was 430EX II. There are directions which come with the flash, however, these instructions were greatly lacking. I needed more in-depth guidance to help me understand the ins and outs of flash photography. The purchase of Understanding Flash Photography was my first real step to that end. Bryan's book is outstanding, if you have a good knowledge of how your flash works. For that matter, even I gleaned some technique from the book. But I do not have a good knowledge of how the 430EX works. If you are a "raw beginner" such as myself, you might be better off with a book to familiarize yourself with your specific flash . . . that is where I am headed next. (By the way, I look at a 2-star rating as "it was okay", not "below average")
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