Best Flash Photography book?

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by supermaxv, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    I just ordered my first off camera flash (a FL-36R), and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a first book on technique. I saw that Bryan Peterson had a book out (Understanding Flash Photography), but the reviews indicate that he doesn't cover TTL at all which doesn't strike me as too helpful. Thanks!
     
  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

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    You'll be a better photographer if you master manual flash.:thumbup:
     
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  3. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Touche! As someone who evangelizes the word about the ease of manual focusing I should have known I set myself up for that.
     
  4. dijitil

    dijitil Mu-43 Rookie

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    The hot shoe diaries is awesome.
     
  5. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

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    If you haven't yet, you should check this out.

    Strobist

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  6. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Neil Van Niekerk is awesome. He has a blog: http://neilvn.com/tangents/

    And has put out a couple of books about both on- and off-camera flash.

    That said, he does work in manual most of the time (both the camera, and the flash).

    I paid extra for a TTL flash, but actually I use it in manual most of the time, because I'm doing bounce flash or I'm doing a studio setup with stands and light modifiers and such.
     
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  7. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I learnt most of what I know about flash photography from Thom Hogan's "Nikon Flash Guide".

    It is now out of print and probably not much use to people using Olympus flash guns on Micro Four Thirds cameras, but it was an exceptional book. It was simply and clearly written yet comprehensive and very detailed.

    If something similar was available for Micro Four Thirds, I would buy it in an instant.
     
  8. RobWatson

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    +2
     
  9. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Neil Van Niekerk. Read his blog as per sprinke's link.

    I bought his books and his blog entries contain a lot of the same info.
    What I like about Neil's stuff is he does both TTL and manual.

    There's a time and place for both.
     
  10. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Thanks again for the suggestions. The Peterson book is much more helpful than I thought it would be - it was much easier than I thought to go completely manual with the flash (as well as the camera). The photography inside hotshoe diaries was pretty awesome but I didn't find it as useful as a first primer.
     
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  11. kindamay

    kindamay New to Mu-43

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    Very Great words! It reminded me of the sentence as "The world is not the lack of beauty, but a lack of discovery"!
     
  12. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Light: Science and Magic.
     
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  13. saud

    saud Mu-43 Rookie

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    Best Flash Photography book

    It is now out of print and probably not much use to people using Olympus flash guns on Micro Four Thirds cameras, but it was an exceptional book. It was simply and clearly written yet comprehensive and very detailed.
     
  14. fljoe

    fljoe Mu-43 Regular

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  15. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    most of the time, TTL doesn't need any manual intervention so why even bother writing about it ... i think he even mentions on the book the reason why he uses TTL every once in a while but due to incosistencies with lots of white/black images, he opts to use manual mode. it kinda makes sense especially if you already know how to do it manually :)
     
  16. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Can't recommend that enough. My lighting has improved so much after understanding the family of angles. It's a life saver if you are into lighting :smile:.
     
  17. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    +1
    amazing book...
     
  18. shepx13

    shepx13 Mu-43 Regular

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    Ken

    +2. Once you understand how light works, you can work light no matter where you are.
     
  19. Making Light parts 1 and 2 by Piet Van den Eynde.

    Ebooks selling for 5$ each and published by Home - Craft & Vision and David DuChemin.
     
  20. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I had thought that book was about fishing, then I realized it didn't say Family of Anglers.

    That one I read and also Neil Van Niekerk. Niekerk's I practiced a while, then did a Sweet 16 to some decent effect. I have extra of the black foam sheets.