October 12, 2010

off-camera flash photography book

I’ve made occasional mention here about the book on off-camera flash that I was busy writing, and had now completed. Well, I made the publisher’s deadline, and now I have the final step in my hand – the ‘galley proof’ of the book. This is a copy of the final layout of the book. Now I just have to do the last few checks for accuracy and spelling and clarity. (You can see some scribbles in red pen there on the open page.)

The book on off camera flash photography is slated for release in April 2011. I will most certainly announce it here and via the newsletter when the book does become available.

Much of the material will be familiar to regular readers of the Tangents blog .. but I did my best in pulling this and additional material together as a cohesive book. My approach in the writing style was that the book should feel like you’re having a tutor there right next to you, talking to you and explaining the various aspects of off-camera flash photography. And of course, like my book on on-camera flash photography, this book comes with continual and unprecedented tech support.

About the photograph above … you may well ask, why two hats?

Well, there really is only one hat – my assistant’s cute black hat with chintz around it. I snagged it from her for the photographs. In the one photo I had the hat in my hand as I reached to steady the softbox. I liked the gesture … but I preferred my expression from another image where I was still wearing the hat. A quick edit gave me two hats and a photo of myself where I nearly nearly smiled. Those are rare. But hey, I feel happy inside. Especially about the book.

 

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1 dave October 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

congrats to you…

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2 stakx October 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

can’t wait to read it… and re-read it, like the on-camera flash book. Thanks for all your help, Neil.

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3 AL October 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Can’t wait to see your book. Hope you give discounts to owners of your first book.. :)

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4 Sanele Chadwick October 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Can’t wait for your next book, Neil, especially after reading your first. Congrats e hoa!

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5 Anthony October 13, 2010 at 2:24 am

APRIL 2011 !!!! but you have it right there, come on, you can just zerox that and send it out, at least to your past customers… :-) we will still buy it when it comes out.. Cant wait.

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6 Tobi October 13, 2010 at 3:19 am

You should seriously leave that hat to your assistant, I bet it looks better on her than on you…

Tobi

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7 Mark Cornwell October 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

Looking forward to it – on my shopping list already. :)

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8 Dragos October 13, 2010 at 4:36 am

I also feel happy inside (and outside), reading you. Long time until April, but we have you here, in the first place.
Good job, everything you do! Thank you, dear teacher and friend!

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9 Ron Martinsen October 13, 2010 at 4:51 am

I’m thrilled to hear this! Your on-camera flash book is on my popular “What books should I read?” (http://ronmart.blogspot.com/2008/05/which-books-should-i-read.html) article. Those are my recommendations for must read books, so if your new book is as good as the on-camera, that list will be growing once again!

Cheers,
Ron

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10 chris copley October 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

Put me on the pre-order list, roll on April 2011. Any sign of a DVD on the way? (put me on a pre-order for that too!). Wishing you continued sucess and looking forward to see you back in Ireland soon.

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11 imanayAieR October 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

congrats… will we be able to order from here?

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12 Manuel Lao October 13, 2010 at 8:27 am

April! mmm I cannot wait to buy mine :). Your other book is great, so I’m sure this will be same.

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13 Jeff October 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Excellent! Congrats! Will definitely order a copy. Any idea if the kindle version will also be available? ;)

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14 Amanda October 13, 2010 at 10:39 am

awesome awesome! congrats! very cool!!!! can’t wait to own a copy!

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15 Rhonda Kane October 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

I too am very much looking forward to the new book.

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16 Gene October 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Congratulations Neil. I just know it will be a smash hit. It is very rare that I am not disappointed with some of the technical books available on photography. You are the exception. I can hardly wait for your new book on off camera flash. From the wonderful photos you have posted here I just know I’m in for a treat. May sales surpass your wildest dreams.

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17 David Lee Tong October 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

Loved the first book, no reason not to be excited with this second book!

Dave T
:)

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18 Stephen October 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Neil,
You look like a stylish news reporter in the photo. :-)

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19 Patrick Brophy October 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Neil,
You know I’m looking forward to having that! I don’t just read a book line On Camera Flash once and move on – I go back to it and re-read sections and then pick up my camera and do better than before. Earlier this week I ordered some gear based on your off camera flash blog posts (thanks for those links!) from B&H (through your link, hope at least something comes your way that way), it should arrive tomorrow – can’t wait to put it to use. And without a doubt I’ll be getting your next book!

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20 Neil vN October 14, 2010 at 4:47 am

Thank you everyone for the kind words!

I will have autographed copies of the book for sale again when it comes out.

Now, as to whether my assistant looks better with her hat than I do … I’m not convinced.
(btw, the light on her here is just from one ON-camera flash, bounced effectively.

Neil vN

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21 forkboy1965 October 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

Undoubtedly by April 2011 I will have become so distraught with my own attempts at off-camera lighting I will undoubtedly acquire your book or die trying.

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22 Barbara October 19, 2010 at 1:04 am

I cannot wait for your book, I literally flagged every page for continued review of our On-Camera Flash book. I wished it was sooner!

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23 Rusty Tripod October 21, 2010 at 8:42 am

Enjoyed the first book. Now I have to save money to buy the second.

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24 Vlad October 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

Hi Neil,

Congratulations!!! I read your first book 2 times and I will read this one as well. I am a big fan of electronic books (ebooks). Are you going to have this book in electronic format as well? This way I can have your book always with me on my iPod.

Congratulations again.

Sincerely,
Vlad.

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25 Neil vN October 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Vlad .. that depends on the publisher.

Neil vN

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26 Brad October 24, 2010 at 12:17 am

Can’t wait to read it!!

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27 Tony Sale November 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hi Neil, loved your first book and very much looking forward to this one. Should it be out in the UK in April 2011 as well?

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28 Neil vN November 5, 2010 at 1:16 am

Tony … there was a few months delay between the USA and UK release with the first book. I have no idea what the UK schedule is this time around, but I expect the same thing.

Neil vN

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29 Stephen December 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Neil,
Does this new book cover the use of kicker flashes? During the private workshop you did with my wife and I in August, in one set, you used a second SB-900/SB-800 to serve as a rim lighting on the model’s hair. I have completely forgotten if that second flash was set to TTL or manual (if it was manual, I don’t recall the power level).

Thanks,
Stephen

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30 Neil vN December 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Stephen .. nope, this book is an introduction to off-camera / on-location lighting, and as such, I only use one light in the majority of photos. If there is a ‘kicker’ it is from how I position the models / subjects in relation to the sunlight.

The second light you remember (the kicker) is in manual.
But we may have done it via TTL and setting a different ratio / FEC.

Either way would work. But manual is usually easier.

Neil vN

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31 Stephen December 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Hi Neil,
Thanks for the reply. I’m getting excellent results with one off-camera light so far. :-)

I’ll have to experiment with the 2nd light.

–Stephen

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32 Jeff February 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Neil,

Amazon delivered the book to me today. That was unexpected. I feel so special. I’ve gotta say, this book is excellent!

Thanks,
Jeff

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33 daniel leong March 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi Neil,

Just happened to bump into your site and fall in love with it or rather you!
Have been reading your topics days after days, I have never been into reading that much in my life, it keeps me going and wanted to learn more. Thanks for all your generosity and knowledge, I will be getting this book when it comes out and hopefully one day I have the funds to attend a private lesson from you, cheers!!!

Daniel

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34 Neil vN March 22, 2011 at 12:43 am

Daniel … my book about off-camera flash is already out!

Neil vN

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