Great resource for learning even more about Lightroom. I'd been using LR for 3 years when I bought it and am a pretty advanced user, and I still picke...moreGreat resource for learning even more about Lightroom. I'd been using LR for 3 years when I bought it and am a pretty advanced user, and I still picked up lots of new tips and tricks. Probably not the best book for someone just picking up LR, but I liked this one a lot better than the other LR 3 book on my shelf. Highly recommend this one for those wanting to really get more out of LR and speed up their workflow. (less)
Had a TON of great information and tips, but it's definitely targeted at a certain type of wedding photographer: one who's established enough to be ab...moreHad a TON of great information and tips, but it's definitely targeted at a certain type of wedding photographer: one who's established enough to be able to have one, if not two, assistants. Ziser's shooting method--around which all his tips and techniques in the book are based--includes having an assistant always holding the reflector or the studio strobe/speedlight on a light stand and always being where the photographer needs him/her. For someone just starting at wedding photography or who doesn't/can't have an assistant shadowing and anticipating the photographer's every move, the information in the book is less useful. It would be great if Ziser also gave tips on what to do if you're the sole shooter and/or don't have an assistant, but that type of information is mostly lacking.
One great chapter in the book is about Ziser's choices of lenses and when he uses them during the wedding events, which was very useful. The chapters on composition are also excellent.
All in all, it had a lot of good, useful information. Some of it wasn't useable advice for me simply because I don't have the resources that Ziser or other established, busy wedding photographers do. But as someone who was needing a crash-course book on what to do for the first wedding I ever photographed (for a friend, not a client), it was useful...and better, I imagine, than many other wedding photography books out there. Between Ziser's book and Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1 and 2, I got a good enough technical background and tips to feel comfortable with shooting my friends' wedding.(less)
I bought this book to bone up on any tips, techniques, and technical help I could find for shooting a wedding, something I've never done but will be t...moreI bought this book to bone up on any tips, techniques, and technical help I could find for shooting a wedding, something I've never done but will be this summer for a friend's wedding. I wanted something focused specifically on lighting and photography gear and how to best use them, not on posing, composition, creative tips, or camera settings, and this book did provide some of everything. And while there was a lot of information, it was really dense, jargony, and hard to follow at times. Plus, it assumed you use a ton of lights on location and shoot only high-end, fancy weddings...which is probably true for many professional wedding photographers, but it struck me as being rather snooty and pigeon-holed.
I waded through the book and did finish the whole thing, but I was scratching my head by the end and trying to figure out if it was helpful and worth keeping, or if I should return it to the bookstore since I was still within the 14-day returns policy. I happened to pull out my copies of The Digital Photography Book,Volume 1 and Volume 2, both by Scott Kelby, and reread both of them right after finishing Master Lighting Guide...and I was astounded how much more useful and absorbable the information was in Scott Kelby's books instead. Between the wedding and general portrait chapters in both of Kelby's books, he said almost exactly the same thing as in this book--just in a less dense, less weighty, and less technical (and more useful) format.
It was the death blow to Master Lighting Guide. It's official: it's going back to the bookstore. I'm sure it will have plenty of great, useful information for many professional wedding photographers, but it wasn't the right one for me, and I'm a pretty advanced enthusiast. And for $34.95, I can find other photography books that I'd rather keep on my bookshelves....(less)
A good introductory book to the basics of how to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but for a first overview it's very...moreA good introductory book to the basics of how to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but for a first overview it's very useful. Quick, easy, and clear to read.(less)
I'd actually give this 4.5 out of 5 stars for a photography book. I had picked it up at Borders once and flipped through it, but ultimately put it bac...moreI'd actually give this 4.5 out of 5 stars for a photography book. I had picked it up at Borders once and flipped through it, but ultimately put it back on the shelf because I wanted a book with a bit more meat to it. My mistake. Not realizing it was the same book, I ordered it online after reading a strong recommendation for it on a Santa's Gift Bag post on a photography blog I read. The book lives up to its recommendation.
Great book with useful, one-page/one-scenario tips on how to best improve your photography, once you've gotten past the basics. It's quick, easy, and informative to read, without any technical background info on why he says what he says...which makes it easier to digest and learn. The section on setting up your own studio; what lights, backdrop, etc. to buy and use; where to place lights; etc. was fabulous, even though I don't have a studio (or need one). The last chapter was also really useful, giving a "recipe" for how to achieve (eventually, with a lot or practice, I'd add) the example shot the author includes.
The book has chapters covering the following: Using Flash Like a Pro Building a Studio from Scratch Shooting Portraits Like a Pro Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro Shooting Weddings Like a Pro Shooting Travel Like a Pro Shooting Macro Like a Pro Pro Tips for Getting Better Photos More Photo Recipes to Help You Get "The Shot"
I haven't read vol. 1 of this book, but after reading vol. 2 I just might have to go buy it, to see what things I've forgotten (and could use reminding). Excellent book, even for pulling out once a year or two to serve as a refresher.(less)
Excellent beginning guide to learn the basics of photography. Covers the basics of how an SLR camera works, as well as tips and things to consider for...moreExcellent beginning guide to learn the basics of photography. Covers the basics of how an SLR camera works, as well as tips and things to consider for different areas of photography (portraits, action, macros, etc.). This edition largely covered film cameras because it was published before the boom of digital SLRs, but all the information in it still applies 8 years later.(less)