Strobist Photo Trade Secrets Vol. 1 & 2 – Book Review

The Strobist Photo Trade Secrets books are quick-hit lighting books, featuring stunning flash photography from a variety of individual photographers.  Both volumes are edited by Zeke Kamm and published by Peachpit Press.

Essentially, the books each contain a collection of a couple dozen great images.  Each image covers a full page with a diagram and description of how the image was made on the back of the page.  Consequently, the photos suck you in to try to reverse-engineer the lighting setup in your head before you turn the page. [Read more…]


Understanding Exposure – Book Review

Understanding Exposure is a book by Bryan Peterson that teaches the basic elements of exposure and is now in its 3rd edition.  As was the case the prior two editions, the 3rd edition of Understanding Exposure provides the novice photographer with easy-to-read chapters and great information overall.

Peterson really breaks down the nuts and bolts of what goes into making a well-exposed image at the beginning of the book.  Then he delves a little deeper into the creative aspects of aperture and shutter speed – and how you can use these settings to make a “creatively correct” exposure. [Read more…]

Lights, Camera, Capture Book Now on iPad

Bob Davis’ Lights, Camera, Capture book is now available on iPad with a much more interactive version than you get with your typical ink and paper.

Check out iTunes for a closer look at the iPad version of the book.

You can also order a physical copy of the book from Amazon here.  You can check out the Lights, Camera, Capture book review here as well.

Understanding Photography Field Guide – Book Review

Over the past few years, I have given much praise to Bryan Peterson’s book, Understanding Exposure, as a practical resource for anyone looking to get more out of his or her camera.  It is, in my opinion, the best book for anyone new to DSLRs.  In the same vein, I can highly recommend Peterson’s new book, Understanding Photography Field Guide.

For my take on why this book is so great, read on. [Read more…]

Mastering HD Video with Your DSLR – Book Review

So, you’ve got that Rebel T2i, 7D, 5D Mark II, D300s, D5000 or any other number of DSLRs that can record video.  But how do you get a worthwhile movie captured, edited and in front of others’ eyeballs?

A decent starting point for answering that question can be found in Mastering HD Video with Your DSLR from Helmut Kraus and Uwe Steinmueller.  [Read more…]

Lights, Camera, Capture – Book Review

Lights, Camera, Capture is a book by Bob Davis that discusses creative lighting techniques. While Davis discusses many lighting equipment options, his primary focus is on Canon Speedlites using TTL metering.  And, while the techniques that apply to Canon Speedlites are prevalent throughout the book, the info will easily translate to Nikon shooters using the Nikon Creative Lighting System as well. [Read more…]