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The Flash Photography Instruction Book is Sonja van Driel’s bestselling book.

Written for photographers who shoot for pleasure or profession.

Soon available in English and in French.

An enjoyable and practical learning experience

Readers highly appreciate the content because it is to-the-point and clearly written. Illustrated with hundreds of photos and 14 easy-to-follow exercises makes flash photography comprehensible.
Photographing in backlight, bright or low light? Shooting models, still lifes or fast-moving subjects? After finishing the book you will be able to take outstanding photos with your flashgun, effortless, at any location and in any situation.

How will you learn?

Instead of summarizing complicated formulas or lengthy texts, this book will literally get you to work to create flash photos. Each topic starts with example photos and relevant information, including camera and flash settings, followed by step-by-step exercises.

What will you learn?

You will start with unraveling the back of your flashgun and learn to understand the most important digits, letters and buttons. Also the pros and cons of a diffuser, wide-angle adapter, gel filter and bounce card are discussed.

Then you continue to learn about flash distance and how to avoid making under- or overexposed photos.

The chapter about bounce flash will amaze you. Your photos improve instantly and easily, as long as you take a few things into consideration. Bounce flash is a perfect way to apply at weddings, events and portraits.

Manual flash is the most easy flash mode. This method of adding light to a subject is ideal when shooting portraits, still lifes and table-top work.

The chapter with instructions for merging flash with ambient light is a real eye opener. You learn how to balance both foreground and background. After executing the exercises you will be fully in control of the light, always and everywhere.

High Speed flash sync and slow sync speed will help you to shoot fast-moving subjects and create or prevent motion blur.

White balance and colour temperature in flash photography will get you a clear understanding of shooting in mixed light sources. It’s a helpful information when you need to photograph at locations with flash, incandescent and day light.

Off-camera flash will give your photo an extra dimension. With all the previous chapters in the book, you’ll be surprised how easy it is. The direction of the light makes a massive difference in how your photo turns out. That’s why off-camera flash is an ideal mode for portraits, still lifes, corporate and product photography.

We finish the book with Trouble Shooting. 9 Problems that may occur provided with the solutions, naturally.

For whom?

For those who own a flashgun but are dizzeld by all the numbers, digits.

For photographers involved in portraits, wedding and event photography, corporate and editorial photography, stock photography, still life, travel, in short, for everyone taking photographs on indoor and outdoor locations as well as in studio settings.

You don’t need any knowledge about flash photography, however, a basic knowledge of photography is required.  Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are no vague notions.

Required equipment

DSLR or mirrorless camera including a standard zoom lens.

A compatible TTL flashgun, brand and type are irrelevant.