On-Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

On-Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography

by Neil van Niekerk (Photographer)

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Photographers are always looking for perfect light. Unfortunately, the quality of available light, and the situations in which photos are created, are rarely perfect. This is especially true when photographing weddings or portraits on location. So while finding beautiful existing light is every photographer’s ideal, it isn’t always possible.
This is the point at which photographers tend to reach for a portable, on-camera flash. Indeed, these intense light sources can prove invaluable, but only if you know how to use them effectively. In the hands of an inexperienced photographer, on-camera flash will produce images that look flat and lifeless—images with harsh shadows, washed-out skin tones, cavernous black backgrounds, and other unappealing visual characteristics.
In this book, acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer Neil van Niekerk shows you how to avoid the pitfalls photographers new to speedlights often encounter so that you can produce professional images using on-camera flash. You’l learn to use simple accessories to manipulate the quality of light from your flash and how to improve a lighting scenario by enhancing rather than overwhelming the existing light. When the available light is too low and too uneven to be combined with flash, he shows you how to override it completely.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608959532
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 520,073
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Neil van Niekerk is a photographer based in New Jersey, with a diverse range, but specializing in weddings and portraits.

Neil has presented workshops on lighting in the USA, the UK and Ireland, as well as The Netherlands. He has written 3 books with Amherst Media on flash photography and lighting techniques, with more in the works.

He also maintains a website for photographers, Tangents (neilvn.com/tangents/), which is loaded with numerous tutorials on photography and photographic lighting.

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On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author presents his techniques and the reasons behind why he used particular settings in a logical and easy to understand format. The book is a worthwhile read for beginning to intermediate photographers. My biggest complaint is with the layout of the Nook version of this book. All of the sample photos are tiny (size of a postage stamp), which is a big drawback on a photography book with ample photos. I have seen this on other Nook photography books as well and I really hope the publishers address it. Even adding the ability to tap an image to enlarge (especially on a Nook HD+) would be greatly appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be perhaps the best book in understanding off camera flash use in all my experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth purchasing. It gives you detailed info about lighting scenarios without being overwhelming. It is a quick and easy read that I would easily reccomend to anyone who is trying to familiarize themselves with flash photography.
VilleSalonen More than 1 year ago
The book itself is very good but unfortunately the digital version seems to have a poor quality versions of the photographs that you can just tell what the photograph is depicting: all the finer details are lost due to the compression. I can't say for sure if this affects only the sample of the book or the whole book but I'm not going to drop 15 dollars to find out. Barnes & Nobles, please fix this!
sobasphotos More than 1 year ago
This book is about learning how to use your speedlite to its fullest to create great looking portraits. He covers what options there are for speedlite modifiers, what camera settings and what flash settings to use and different lighting techniques. He then gives a variety of example situations and how to achieve the lighting you want. A good book to get you comfortable with your speedlite.
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