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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817439560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817439569
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Peterson is a phenomenon in how-to photography, with more than half a million books sold, including Amphoto's #1 bestselling title of all time, Understanding Exposure. He also ranks as one of the bestselling authors in the entire category, from any publisher. A professional photographer and internationally known instructor, he is also the author of Learning to See Creatively (9780817441814), Understanding Digital Photography (9780817437961), Beyond Portraiture (9780817453916) and Understanding Close-Up Photography (9780817427191). He is also the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (ppsop.com).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yohann Stoycheff on Sept. 12 2012
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I think I'm a Bryan Peterson junkie.
I seems that each time I get one of his books, I get new and invaluable insights.
In the case of Unferstanding Flash Photography, what I got was drastic.
Before, I'd have my hot-shoe flash on on automatic and basically not use it much... because it never seemed satisfying.
Now, I know exactly how to use it manually. Have perfect control over my light.
If you own a flash, do yourself a favor and learn to use it with this great ressource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nat L on Jan. 11 2013
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I discovered Bryan Peterson from the videos he makes for Adorama TV. In all of the videos he demonstrates how to achieve good results in ordinary situations without resorting to expensive layouts such as a professional studio. In this book he takes just the same approach. The book works through a whole variety of scenarios where he uses flash to obtain some great photographs. In each case he tells you all the camera and flash settings he used and also tells you exactly why he chose those settings. In the vast majority of cases he uses just one flash gun although on a few occasions he uses a second flash.

In each case he shows a smaller photo taken without the benefit of flash and a larger image showing the improved picture taken with flash. There are also many photos showing the actual set up that he used.

The book is really easy to read and understand and has taught me more about flash photography than I ever knew before. Previously, I've always used flash in full automatic mode and have never been really happy with the results. Thanks to Bryan Peterson I now know better. A highly recommended book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farya Pirbazari on Sept. 4 2012
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This book opened new doors to the world of flash photography. Like many other amateur photographers, I was always skeptical about flash; but now, I love working with flash with tons of opportunities for artistic creativity.

Also, you will enjoy a very easy, step by step text in plain English with so many illustrations.

I only wish the captions of the figures were not in smaller fonts, very difficult to read. These are sort of main part of the book and not really captions, sometimes even longer than the main text. This is the only reason for four stars I give this book; otherwise, a full 5-star is what it deserves. Highly suggested to all photographers and photography lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KatieM on July 24 2013
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Bryan Peterson is one of my favourite photographers and he is a funny teacher with a great sense of humour. He has loads of creative ideas for your flash shots. He also gives you solid ground work on how flash works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele on April 2 2012
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Finally a easy to read book that really helps understanding the use of portable flash. No fancy set ups, no technical mumbo-jumbo and a real neat explanation of how the flash fits with the exposure triangle already described in Bryan Petterson's previous books. And I really like the author's sense of humor. A great buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevie the suburbanite on Dec 10 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It helped move me away from ttl flash and into manual flash exposure. The explanations are clear, short and simple. There are several good quality photographs and they help make the explanations clearer. I've read quite a few 'improve your photography' books of late, and this was one that really had an immediate impact on the way I shoot photos. Highly recommended for someone who currently works in manual mode with a dslr camera and who would like to buy a flash and go beyond the ttl mode of that flash.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James W. Helmer on Aug. 31 2013
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This book follows the high standards set by Peterson (i.e. Understanding Exposure). It is very well written and is well complemented with numerous photographic images and graphics.
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By John Bent on Dec 13 2013
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A very good book for understanding flash photography. It should be noted that this book is not about how to use speed lights or cameras but understanding flash photography. The author largely assumes the reader understands how to use his/her camera and speed light. I realized I needed to brush up on how my speed light worked before I could get the full benefit from this book. The author references, in a largely generic fashion, the Nikon SB900 speed light, which is the one he uses, but this is quite incidental to the book and its purpose.
The book covers the basic concepts like aperture, shutter speed, ISO and their interrelationship in the context of flash photography. One thing I found particularly useful is better appreciating the different roles of aperture and shutter speed in flash photography: what they individually contribute to a properly exposed photograph using flash. The manual mode of the speed light was strongly emphasized by the author. I came to better appreciate the use of this mode in effectively exposing flash photographs both for pop up and off camera speed lights. I now use this mode to a greater degree and a lot more effectively than I formerly did.
Finally I ought to say that after reading this book I came away with a clearer understanding of flash photography and the factors that determine its success.
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