My buddy Neil van Niekerk sent me his new book and from the moment I started reading it I was blown away at what a fantastic value of information and education the book really is. For the photographer that wants to elevate his flash photography techniques to the top of the food chain, to the head of the class, to be among the best there is – Neil’s “On-Camera Flash” book is a turbo charged intensive learning experience to doing what Neil excels at – on camera flash.
The books starts off with a terrific surprise – a forward written by another friend, a seminar teacher, and top class Australian photographer – the illustrious, funny, incredibly talented David Williams.
Neil’s book is not a bag of magic tricks on how to take the shot now and fix it later in Photo Shop. The reader learns in-depth techniques that stay with him/her for the rest of their lives that top class craftsmen use day in and day out.
Learning how to take a natural light picture and adding your flash to it to enhance the shot, but also make it so you really can’t tell if flash was used in the picture or not.
Using flash in combination with the lighting that is already present on the scene is what separates the men from the boys, the girls from the women. Most people have a hard time accomplishing that task. Neil teaches the techniques in an easy to understand lingo that makes accomplishing this same professional look something the reader can accomplish for himself.
As soon as a flash is introduces into a picture everything changes. Neil helps you to understand just what is happening and what to do to make world class shots yourself.
Techniques from the basic stuff to the secrets that turn pictures into “wow” shots are all taught by Neil making this book the most desired and a definite “must have” for anyone wanting to have jaw-dropping beautiful pictures.
Flash modifiers, how to choose and how to use them is taught in the book. From Joe Demb’s “Flip-it”, to Gary Fong’s “Lightsphere”, to Peter Gregg’s “A Better Bounce Card” a wide variety of possibilities are presented to the reader and taught how and what to use.
Difficult lighting situations like black or dark skin folks against a light skyline are covered, this isn’t an easy “flash for dummies” book, but a book to refer too and imitate to help the reader get better and better until they have mastered what to do with their flash unit(s) themselves.
The book is easy to read, yet full of the technical information you will need to tackle similar pictures and similar situations yourself.
The information the reader learns is not limited to live events that are action shots only, but also how to take on-site portrait work using the available lighting along with your added flash to create lifetime masterpieces on the spot. this is information the reader gets into their head and will use over and over. people will be awed by the creativity and the beauty of your work – and that is the point of educating yourself in photographic techniques and abilities.
Today, so many people buy high end equipment and self proclaim themselves a professional or a high end photographer. The gear helps and certainly can be fun, but ultimately and expression of creativity comes from the person at the controls and their ability to pursue works of excellence compared to simple pocket camera abilities with a big camera in hand.
This is a book for those that want to take the subject of flash photography and elevate themselves to have the capacity to shoot work on a professional level with ease and have one place to have that information gathered and prepared for you to just take for the picking.
I highly recommend this book. This needs to be in every wedding and portrait photographers library and also for those folks selff educating themselves on getting that “look” that sets them apart form the normal everyday photography and photographers.
On-Camera Flash stands out from the crowd because it is not a show book of pretty pictures in a collection but make no mistake – it does have absolutely awesome work in it, but it teaches the reader “how” to achieve that type of work, the pitfalls and terrific secrets not often discussed but learned through years of trial and error. Save yourself the years of trial and error and go to the head of the class by adding On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography. The book is available at Amazon.com and is not only good for yourself but also a great gift for an active photographer on your Christmas list.
Some of the topics in the book:
- Foreward: By David Williams
- Looking At The Available Light
- Essential Concepts
- Larger The Light Source Softer The Light
- Direction Of Light
- Intensity Of Color
- White Balance
- Flash Modes
- Manual Flash
- TTL Flash
- Flash Sync
- Adding Flash To Ambient Light
- Using Simple Flash Modifiers
- Bounce Flash
- Flash With Tungsten Light
- Adding Gels
- Controlling Light Falloff
- Flash Techniques Outdoors
- Off-Camera Flash