Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light
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Ibarionex Perello is currently a freelance photographer and writer. His articles appear in numerous magazines including Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, and Outdoor Photographer. He is the host and producer of the popular podcast The Candid Frame. He is also an instructor of photography at BetterPhoto.com and an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design. Images and info at ibarionex.com and thecandidframe.com.
Light. It's the most transformative tool at any photographer’s disposal. Whether the lens is turned to people, wildlife, or landscape, the creative use of light is often the difference between a snapshot and a powerful photograph. In Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light, renowned photographer, writer, and educator Ibarionex Perello shares his unique insights for partnering with natural light to create evocative digital images. He brings his palpable passion and personal approach rooted in decades of experience, and reveals his honed techniques for controlling focus, exposure, white balance, and sharpness to create beautiful and impactful photographs. In an industry so obsessed with gear, this book bridges the gap between the technical and the creative and returns to a personal, inspirational narrative about perceiving and photographing light.
This book will enlighten photographers of all levels about
• the elements of exposure, metering, and ISO
• light’s impact on color and controlling color balance
• combining brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and pattern enhancing portraits with available lighting
• direction and quality of sunlight and shooting in rural and urban landscapes
• the power of light in black and white
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
It's About Light,
This review is from: Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)As one moves along the continuum from the simplest of point and shoot cameras to the most sophisticated cameras, the major changes are usually with regard to the controls over the features available to effect the image, including ways to affect the focus and to take photographs in low light. To my way of thinking the most important of the more sophisticated features is the control over exposure, that is, the amount of light to record. It is the ability to control exposure that permits the camera user to change the captured image from a snapshot to something that displays more of how the user saw and felt the subject. The market for photography books supports this conclusion by creating so many books that cover this topic, either as part of the content, or as the sole subject of the book. "Chasing the Light" is a recent entry into this field.
The author starts out with an explanation of exposure, emphasizing the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He... Read more
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Informative and Inspiring,
This review is from: Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)Chasing the light, by Ibarionex Perello is a photography book intended for beginner and enthusiasts. The book discusses primarily about light and shadow, how to see the light interplays with shadow and how the light affects other visual elements such as color, shape and pattern.
For beginner, Perello gives great explanation about exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Not only that, but Perello also gives his personal workflow. Perello considers to set ISO first based on the available light, aperture and shutter speed. He also explain about camera metering system and exposure compensation/bias, and when to use it effectively.
Then, Perello proceeds with explaining how to build a visually effective photos , how to set white balance and how to juxtapose color to make your photos more interesting.
In the heart of the book, Perello discusses how light plays in many type of photography, from landscape, portraits, nature, urban and so on. Perello also... Read more
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Light and Vision,
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This review is from: Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)There are a number of things I really appreciate about this book - besides the fact that it is well written and well organized.
First, the author demonstrates throughout the book that the camera does not make the photograph. There is incredible camera variation in the photographs he included in this book -- different brands and from point and shoot to pro level. Diversity is not limited to the type of camera either. It extends to the subjects of the photographs, whether it be portraiture, night photography, or landscapes. I also found particularly useful his separate chapters on close-up/macro photography and black and white photography. The variation makes the book feel accessible to photographers of different specialities and levels.
Second, the book does a great job of emphasizing the importance of understanding the intricacies of the technical aspects of exposure and light to support a photographer's ability to both discover and convey his or her own vision... Read more
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Table of Contents
Beginning to See
The Elements of Exposure
The Camera, the Exposure, and You
The Color of Light: White Balance
Light and the Portrait
Light and the Small Details
Light and the Natural Landscape
Light and the Urban Landscape
Light and Black-and-White
Wrangling the Light
The Transformative Power of Light
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