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Book Review: Shooting in Sh*tty Light

By dpreview staff on May 20, 2013 at 20:46 GMT

Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind, both working professionals and educators, have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting with an unusual conceit at its core. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges - what they call the 'top ten worst situations' - they've created a digestible, useful 'lighting 101' guide. In this short review, Adam Koplan takes a look at their book 'Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them'.

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Total comments: 32
kievfotog
By kievfotog (11 months ago)

thaks. 5 minutes and i download that book for free.
xoxoxo from pirate Ukraine!

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (11 months ago)

Eye of Providence (see the shape of her face and hair)

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JinC
By JinC (11 months ago)

Countless books about photography so it makes you wonder why DPreview decided to make a news about this one in particular...
Are the authors superstars of photography? or they paid for the "free" promotion? or the title was the reason it caught up? or... fill in you speculation here

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Rasskot
By Rasskot (11 months ago)

...hopefully for money or would you like them to work for free? Or would you like to pay them instead:D? or, as usual, someone thought it would be fun as a news.. oooooor something like this might be useful to the majority of beginners in photography.. There are other choices to fill in if you add a grain of sugar:D:D

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sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (11 months ago)

Are replies allowed in this thread by anyone under 65 years old?

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groucher
By groucher (11 months ago)

I'm under 65 so yes.

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Lea5
By Lea5 (11 months ago)

If you find any....

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (11 months ago)

A summary of the book in 3 words:

Use a flash.

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Peter KT Lim
By Peter KT Lim (11 months ago)

Yes with more assistance !

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spodzone
By spodzone (11 months ago)

Continuing the grand tradition of judging the book by its cover... it's not the censored `shitty' that puts me off, it's the composition with that block of white stuck out of her head in the top-left corner.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (11 months ago)

* = h! Ti

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gsum
By gsum (11 months ago)

Idiotic title that gives the impression that the book has been written by one of those pathetic kiddies who thinks it's 'cool' to swear. Might be a great book but I won't be buying it.

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Deji
By Deji (11 months ago)

My sentiments exactly. I don't get how two adult professionals could be so proud to announce to the world that this is the most compelling title they could dream up for their books.

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vFunct
By vFunct (11 months ago)

Hah! I know that model. <3 Kara. Beautiful model!

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frank200
By frank200 (11 months ago)

The book is great!! love it!

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (11 months ago)

Disgusting title. I would never buy this book. A terrible example to young photographers on expressing themselves.

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WellyNZ
By WellyNZ (11 months ago)

Are you for real? What are you, 90 years old or a monk? It's got to be one of the two.

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Juck
By Juck (11 months ago)

Don't feed the troll Welly

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palinode
By palinode (11 months ago)

Here sir, you dropped your monocle.

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Ahender
By Ahender (11 months ago)

Pathetic name for a book.

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Under The Sun
By Under The Sun (11 months ago)

Don't judge a book by its title.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (11 months ago)

Would it it be better if they used the word Cr*ppy?

Cuz the two words are the exact same thing only some doofus thought one is worse than the other, and in America one is on a censored list and the other is not. Pretty stupid if you ask me.

Sh*t is one of the funniest words in the English language in its actual slang use. Ex: Ah sh*t! (admittance of wrongdoing or a mistake, or something gone wrong)- usually funny or at least revealing.

And its hypocrytical to use the word then be offended when it's on a title, I think. It's just that all your life someone told you it's a bad word so ... you think it's bad. But whats bad about it?

Oh that camera is cr*ppy- (same thing as sh*tty). Perfectly acceptable by most people, and yet? What's the difference?

I think the word pathetic is a sh*tty word, especially in its use here. :)

Carl

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (11 months ago)

there is no such thing as sh*tty light - only enough or not enough at good or bad angles ;)

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

Doesn't "not enough and at the wrong angles" pretty much describe "shitty light"?

Sounds like a pertinent topic. Although I prefer the challenge of shooting without all that paraphenalia, although I do more nature and street shooting, not so much portraiture.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (11 months ago)

color, size...

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OpticsEngineer
By OpticsEngineer (11 months ago)

This is just our share in the flood of books coming out now with Sh**tty in the title. Just like a few years ago we had a flood of titles in the pattern of Secrets of the Horse Whisper (dogs, baby, pets, numbers, turkey, kids, etc) It seemed like there were quite a few old projects gathering dust on a shelf somewhere that the companies decided might sell if they did a slight rewrite and stuck on a formulaic title.

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WellyNZ
By WellyNZ (11 months ago)

@OpticsEngineer,

Say what you will but Secrets of the Turkey Whisperer was a fantastic and inspiring read and it might do you some service to read it yourself.

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OpticsEngineer
By OpticsEngineer (11 months ago)

I did not know. I will see if I can find copy of the Turkey Whisperer the next time I am on Amazon. Thanks.

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D300SandV1shooter
By D300SandV1shooter (11 months ago)

Pssssst... it was remaindered after Thanksgiving...

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pictureAngst
By pictureAngst (11 months ago)

'Secrets of the Turkey Whisperer'?
Yet another title using fowl language

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keith james taylor
By keith james taylor (11 months ago)

THIS IS AN AMAZON REMEMBER!!!

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monokul
By monokul (11 months ago)

The answer is that this is for beginners. I don't see why a PRO will not use a flash as it was stated in above reply. I wish luck with the sales to the authors.... I don't mind the title :)))

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