I've gotten a lot of requests the past few years to make a
keepsake, a compilation if you will, of the favorites from the
blog. It’s easy to miss a blog post—anyone’s
post—because the rush of day-to-day life intercedes. This
book gives me a chance to put some favorite posts together in one
place, and to collect a lot of thoughts, feelings, and lessons into
something coherent. It’s humorous, educational, and most of
all, real. Editing for this book was like editing pictures. You
pick the ones that resonate, have the potential for memory, and
possess some sort of emotional or stylistic connection.
The following 25 stories are a cross section of the most popular, educational, and madcap posts from the blog. The ones that have struck a chord with readers. The book has two sections—“The Light” and “The Life.” The Light section deals with the nuts and bolts of using flash and crafting light. There's a bunch of techniques, strategies, truisms, and gear talk. The Life section is about a photographic life, about being a shooter—which is sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, but hopefully, at the end of the day, anecdotally educational.
Writing the blog has been different from writing a book because it’s less formal, and a little more raw. I have occasionally written about times gone by, and events I've had a chance to reflect on. On other occasions, a blog has spontaneously sprung from the events in the field that day, from the frustration of getting on an airplane with a lot of photo gear to dealing with a difficult subject or client. It’s the unedited rushes of the photographic experience. It veers from considered commentary, to technical lessons, to quick, funny riffs about the exasperating, goofy stuff of any given day in the field. It's quick off the mark, and an honest account of just how wonderful, amazing, crazy, sad, frustrating, rewarding, disheartening, and ultimately glorious it is to be a visual storyteller.
Table of contents
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- About the Author
- The Game of Ratios
- Big Canyon, Small Flash
- New Lastolite Shapers
- The Return of the Umbrella
- So, We Tied Everything Up at the Workshops
- Amazing Mnila
- Basic Dubai Shooting Kit: Hi Speed Sync & a Hoodman Loupe
- Vegas, Baby, Vegas
- Different Flash, Different Look
- Big Light, Small Light
- Playing Flash with the Audience!
- Traveling with Light
- The Gift of Photography
- Dangerous Dancing
- Back on a Plane
- On a Road, 40 Years Ago
- A Morning with Ladder Six, Engine Nine
- Talking Down Under
- A New York Wedding!
- The Path of the Generalist
- Take a Picture of a Feeling
- On Crossing Borders
- A Family Album, a While in the Making
- Letter to a Young Photographer
- Copyright Page
- Need More Fuel?
- Powerful Ideas.Inspired eBooks.
- Title: The Light and the Life: Field Notes from a Photographer
- Release date: October 2014
- Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
- ISBN: 9780134077109
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