Portraits Lighting the Shot Reviewed
Here is the latest book from DPS, and it is amazing! If you are a portrait photographer this book is a must. I read this for the first time on Friday, and was able to put what I learned into practice at a wedding I shot the following Sunday. You don’t want to miss this one. I am going to open a little bit of it up for you, so you can see why. We will look at a few of the pages from the book and will see just how good it is. When I was finished with this book my confidence in using light, whether natural or from a flash, increased tremendously. You pair this book up with Portraits Making the Shot and you will be a “portrait power house!” (Read my review of “Portraits Making the Shot here)
Lets dive right into this book, the table of contents will give you a chance to see all that this book is about.
As you can see, this book breaks it down very simply, The Rules, The Gear, The Way & Building the Shot. Look at number 8 “Use a light meter. Chimping is for Chumps.” The author makes a great point about the importance of light meter and not relying on your cameras light meter for every shot. Always looking at the back of the camera can make you look unprofessional. A light meter will tell you exactly what settings your camera should be set to. On page 41 she breaks down “The how-to’s of fill flash” and you see a how a light meter and fill flash can give you the perfect lighting for your subject. Here’s a light meter you can check out and it’s worth the investment. Click here to see a light meter.
Now for some great lighting tips taken right out of the book.
Here you can see the importance of shooting in raw and being able to adjust the white balance in post. The gray card is a great tool to have in your arsenal, you can just grab the dropper in Lightroom and it will set the perfect white balance.
Lets look at another page.
I used the tips on this page at the last wedding I shot. Knowing that we were going to be dealing with a lot of direct sun light, I scoped out the shaded area quickly. She suggests using a portable light diffuser and I will be adding that to my gear in the near future.
Last one on how to light a large group of people. The diagrams make is so easy to understand.
These were just three of the 130+ pages of the book. I can’t recommend it enough. This book is a great tool if you want to better understand light. As a photographer light is our best friend, but it can be our worst enemy if we don’t know how to use it. Over or under exposed photos can’t always be fixed if they are too extreme and that’s why we need to understand light and how to set up our shots. The way we use light can help us create our style, this book will help you do that. The cost of the book is $19.99, but for a limited time it will have an introductory price of $14.99. You will see that this book and all the books that DPS puts out are worth the investment.
“Make the world your canvas”