Thursday, May 10, 2012

One Light Flash by John Denton and Adam Duckworth

How many speedlites do you need if you want to produce really great pictures?

When I was just starting, I made the mistake of buying a book by a well-established photographer thinking that the book would be a big help. It did not. Why? Simply because the photographer/author used so many speedlites for most of his shots. If you are just starting out, you simply could not keep up with that.

Only two kinds of person will be able to use a hundred speedlites at one time: those who are already established and those who receive corporate sponsorships.

I am neither.

I ended up returning that book.

So you can imagine my surprise when I found the book One Light Flash (Professional-Quality Lighting on a Budget) by John Denton and Adam Duckworth. It turns out that with just one speedlite, you will be able to make really beautiful pictures.

It is as the name implies.

You will be taught how to shoot indoors, outdoors, fashion, group shots, and more. They even have examples on how to shoot interiors, cars and action photography. And, most importantly for newbies who are considering the book, there are either diagrams of set ups or photos of how the shots were made. These "Case Studies" alone make up for the price you are going to spend to get the book.

(A little caveat though, since you'd be able to make better photographs by moving the flash off-camera, you would have to find a way to control your speedlite remotely.)

So, if you are just starting out and you just got that first speedlite, then consider buying this book. It is Highly Recommended!


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