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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally

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Big Light, Small Flash

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WE ARE IN AN ERA of intense interest in small, portable flash photography. Speedlights, so named for their versatility, ease of use, and thus, presumably, speed of use, are rocking the house. Small, light, and fast! Get in and out! One-man-band stuff.

Which is cool. Bigger lights still have a sense of belonging to the studio world, high-budget jobs, assistants, heavy stands, and multiple cases of stuff. Properly so.

And, of course, what tends to go along with the above sensibilities is an understandable corollary reasoning that bigger lights drive through bigger sources, like whale-sized Octas. The small Speedlights are ...

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