What will help you improve your flash photography?
If you type that very sentance into Google, the first thing that will no doubt be at the top of the page will be:
• Bounce the Light.
• Diffuse Your Flash.
• Make Use of Ambient Light.
• Use Coloured Flash Gels.
• Use TTL Technology.
• Enable High-Speed Flash Sync.
• Use More Than One Flash.
I think the first YouTube video is about bouncing light? Although Youtube’s videos are free, sifting through them to separate the good, from the bad and the commissioned can be a bit of a laborious task. What about books, which ones are worth reading? When it comes to books on lighting it can be just like YouTube, there are just so many on the subject of lighting.
So, which books will really help you improve your flash photography? The simple answer is if you rely on reading alone, none of them on their own. However, the old school book is still a good option combined with practice and watching videos. Personally, I don’t think anyone ever truly “masters” photographic lighting and although there are some very well know names out there that create incredible images using flash and make it look simple, even their photographic lighting technique continues to evolve.
Due to Covid 19, like most people I am stuck at home, so I thought I would share five of the books on lighting that either inspired me or taught me something about lighting. I think they are all fairly easy to read and understand and explain techniques very well. I am also using this lockdown time to play experiment, make mistakes with my lighting and try to improve it.
The below books are available as either eBook’s or PDF’s so as long as the internet continues working through the social distancing policy, you will be able to access them without the risk of spreading Covid 19.