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Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash Paperback – Aug 30 2011

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Product Details

  • 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 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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I read this book nearly every day, it solves a lot of my problem in taking pictures.The explaination of this book are simple & clear.
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This is an extremely useful book for learning how to use flash in a practical manner. Definitely an essential read
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I'm rapidly becoming a Bryan Peterson fan. All his books (I own several) are clear, and they contain lots of examples with cameral settings shown so the reader can understand what's been done between two images and why. This book is no exception, offering common-sense suggestions for the use of flashes (and a few simple accessories) to improve the readers results from what's available without a flash, or with the flash always mounted on the camera. Strongly recommended for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of flash photography.
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After reading half of the book, I've already learned many things regarding how to use the flash light. I have bought several photography books which one of it was a set of 4, and I want to tell you that that writer intentionally hiding some details and want you to become his student and pay more money. On the other hand, this book, will even tell you the location, the time, etc of the photos shown. Highly recommended.
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Useful only if you own a Nikon SB900 or 910. Otherwise, this book is useless. I have a Nikon SB700 and this book tells me nothing about how to use it. Ditto for any generic flash. It only covers how to read out the distance and f-stop from the back of the flash and if your flash doesn't provide these numbers, this book will not tell you how to use it. It should be titled as a supplement to the Nikon SB900 manual.
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