Making Light – An Introduction to Off-Camera Flash by Piet Van den Eynde was released today and is designed to help you master external flash photography. I think this is a very useful eBook that simplifies a complicated topic in great detail.
These chapters are written to help you get the most out of your hot-shoe flash, and an important first step in that quest is to take it off your camera. This means you’ll need a way of firing that flash remotely, but don’t worry, they explain that part.
Topics Covered (63 Pages):
- Introduction: Please Take Off Your Flash
- Characteristics of Light
- Fundamentals of Flash Formulas
- The Fundamentals at Work in Everyday Use
- Basic Off-Camera Flash Gear
- Setting up a Nikon for Off-Camera Flash: Seven Easy Steps
- Setting up a Canon for Off-Camera Flash: Seven Easy Steps
- Shooting Pictures with Off-Camera Flash: A Failsafe Ten-step Approach
- Nine Situations Where Off-Camera Flash Can Help
- Conclusion Wrap-up
The most important part of the book is the case studies in chapter 9. They were all taken with just one flash off-camera. Each case study includes the Exif info and and an explanation with accompanying images of how the flash was setup.
The author says “I don’t know about you, but flash used to scare me. I found it to be complicated, difficult to pre-visualize (I’m talking about the pre-digital era here), and lacking quality results. Of course, I only put my flash on my camera and the furthest I got to softening the light was to bounce my flash behind me. I worked on full auto because I found all the rest way too complicated. So, I was an available-light photographer for a long time. Not so much by persuasion as by lack of understanding and, therefore, lack of alternative. If you have a similar attitude to flash, then this eBook is for you.”
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