Shooting in Sh*tty Light
Interesting title for an interesting book. Unless you only shoot in a studio with complete control over your lighting you most likely shoot in light that is less than perfect. “Shooting in Sh*tty Light” by Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind takes you through 10 of the toughest lighting situations and explains best practices for getting the best shots out of each situation.
This is a easy to read book with plenty of illustrations of the ways to make a good image out of bad lighting situations. When most books talk about lighting it is usually about waiting for the golden hour or working in a closed environment. This kind of lighting doesn’t happen very often. The book takes you through the options for getting a good image in all sorts of situations.
Whether you are shooting in noon day sun or under low light situations where flash is not allowed this book explains ways to get the shot. Using light modifiers like diffusers and reflectors and small flash you can get good images in bad light situations. The authors have made this book very camera brand agnostic which I think is a big plus.
The first chapter is about shooting in Direct Sunlight. I’ve seen Lindsay Adler’s hour long Kelby Training video on Shooting in Direct Sunlight and the book covers just about everything in the video. There are plenty of images of the good and bad results of each topic.
This book has a number of good examples of how to tame the light with many examples of how the image comes out before you modify the light as well as the finished image. There is a lot you can do to take control of the light and each is explained well by the authors. In the end you realize each situation requires you take control of the light and gives you ways to do it. Good book by two good photographers.