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Deanh
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p.1 #1 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


I am starting to experiment with off camera speedlight portraits, both outdoors with natural light and in the studio. Bare lights, softboxes, umbrellas etc.

Looking for book suggestions that will get me pointed in the right direction to start learning how to go about all this.



Nov 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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p.1 #2 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


I would suggest you check out Speedlights 101 with Mark Wallace on Creative Live.
Douglas



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
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p.1 #3 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Joe Mcnally- http://portfolio.joemcnally.com/#p=-1&a=-1&at=0

Syl Arena- http://www.amazon.com/Syl-Arena/e/B0030620A4

Either of these will get you started, have fun!

-Brian



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:42 PM
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p.1 #4 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


This is Strobist info is great. It shows the light set up, settings and results for every photo in his book.


Nov 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #5 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Kelby training. Sign up for a month or two and go over all of the Joe Mcnally videos.
Really good teacher.



Nov 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
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p.1 #6 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Highly recommend "Off-Camera Flash Techniques" by Neil Van Niekerk - very informative style :
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608952789?ie=UTF8&tag=planeneilphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1608952789



Nov 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
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p.1 #7 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Not a book, but Zack Arias' OneLight DVD is a REALLY helpful resource.


Nov 20, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #8 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Try the Lighting and Studio Techniques forum?


Nov 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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p.1 #9 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


You don't need a book - you need information in a form you can use. Open your scope to other media. A search engine is your friend and so are so many people here.

I'd recommend Chuck Gardner, who posts here as cgardner, but I see his helpful site is closed for repairs. He not only knows flash photography very well, he explains it so clearly and well.

http://super.nova.org/




Nov 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
 



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p.1 #10 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Also check out Scott Kelby's free iPad/iPhone app called Light Recipes....he has 13 different lighting situations and how he handled them (not Speedlights per se, but many of the techniques could be handled with Speedlights).


Nov 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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p.1 #11 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


videos instead of books - sift through these, they have tons of videos on using ocf

Mark Wallace - digital photography 1 on 1
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBC5A73FEA8B7D7D2

Joe Brady - Sekonic webinars
http://www.sekonic.com/Classroom/Webinars/ArchivedWebinars.aspx

Joe Brady & Mark Wallace - Pocketwizard webinars
http://www.pocketwizard.com/videos/education/webinars/



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


For a book get "Understanding FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY" by Bryan Peterson.



Link to PPSOP



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #13 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


i like light science and magic


Nov 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
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p.1 #14 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Deanh wrote:
I am starting to experiment with off camera speedlight portraits, both outdoors with natural light and in the studio. Bare lights, softboxes, umbrellas etc.

Looking for book suggestions that will get me pointed in the right direction to start learning how to go about all this.


I've gone through many books and blogs on lighting and I didn't really get it until I came across Zack Arias. If you learn best by listening and watching others demonstrate examples, then I suggest purchasing Zack Arias Studio Lighting course at CreativeLive.

http://www.creativelive.com/courses/zack_arias



Nov 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #15 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


I'm surprised no one has mentioned it so far but go to Strobist.com and go through the free Lighting 101 course. Then do Lighting 102.

As far as books go Joe McNally's most recent book Sketching Light has a great demo/how to component moreso than his last two lighting books IMO. His last two are also great though.

brad



Nov 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #16 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Clearly the OP needs more options. Those presented so far will only keep him busy for four or five years.


Nov 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #17 · Need books about flash portraiture techniques


Thank you to everyone who took the time to offer suggestions, I spread some money around Amazon and since I have always enjoyed Mark Wallace, Creative Live.

Since I was inundated with helpful responses I believe I will be busy with this material for some time, my wife/model/guinea pig thank you also.



Nov 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM





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