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Chasing the Light – Improving Your Photography With Available Light by Ibarionex Perello – Book review

Chasing the Light – Improving Your Photography With Available Light by Ibarionex Perello. Published by New Riders

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Chasing the Light is not just a ‘how-to’ book, it’s an inspiration!

I became familiar with the author, Ibarionex Perello, while listening to hours of his podcast The Candid Frame. Thanks to him, I discovered dozens of amazing photographers, some famous and some unknown. Ibarionex is also a published photographer, as well as an instructor at BetterPhotos.com and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Through this book, the author takes you on an adventure of discovery. His approach is quite personal in the way that each aspect of photography covered is illustrated with an image and the story behind it. His ability to convey the unmistakable feeling photographers get when they know they captured something truly special transpires throughout the book.

Right away, after reading the first chapter titled Beginning to See, you will undoubtedly look twice at the quality of light the next time you step outside with your camera. The author describes how the light directs him where to look; and his passion for his craft is evident in the first few words.

In the following chapters the author puts on his photography instructor hat and explains the elements of exposure, the importance of the color of light, and white balance. He will then take you step by step through the five visual draws as you learn how to “build visually”. His love for portraiture and street photography is also an important element in the book. The author gives easy-to-apply tips and techniques on lighting, from direct sunlight to open shade, from window light to the use of reflectors, flash and diffusers. His point is to get the “gear out of the way”, to learn your camera functions in order to use them efficiently to capture the feeling of the moment.

Chapter 7, my favorite, is titled Light and the Small Details. With examples of close-up photography and minimalist images, the author explains how he composes his shots according to his emotional response to the scene or object.

As Ibarionex Perello puts it so well: “The true value of photography becomes the appreciation and satisfaction of being in the moment.” No matter what level you are, or whether you shoot landscape, close-ups or street photography, you will learn something in this book. Reading Chasing the Light will inspire you to get out and make pictures in your own neighborhood. I can assure you that you will see the most mundane things around you in a whole new light!

Chasing the Light – Improving Your Photography With Available Light is listed for US $44.99 and is available at a discounted price on Amazon. If you want to know more about the author, I would highly recommend listening to The Candid Frame podcast!

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Valerie Jardin I live and breathe in pixels! Photography is more than a passion, it's an obsession, almost an addiction. I am pleased to be a new master of street photography at The Arcanum. When I'm not shooting or writing, I spend my time teaching this beautiful craft during photo workshops all over the world! Visit my Website Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Google+.

  • http://www.kerstenbeck.com Erik Kerstenbeck

    Hi

    I think I will pick up this book. I like the statement that the author composes his images based on the emotional response he has to the scene or the subject. I feel exactly the same when I see something the moves me through the lens. For example, this shot from inside of St Johns in NYC. The solitude of the scene, old wooden benches and the amazing light the entryway made me stop and think what an amazing place this is!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/follow-the-light/

    Thanks Valerie for sharing this!

  • ScottC

    A great review. I’ve read several books, including a few great ones by David duChemin, on light but it’s a subject I can’t get enough of. Identifying the available light is one thing, using is properly is another.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5606275516/

  • http://www.essentialimages.co.uk Jan Taylor

    You have inspired me to buy this book, Valerie! Ordered today and can’t wait to receive it!
    Thank you!

  • Ernest

    picked up the book @ Barnes & Noble so far is a good read very inspirational indeed

  • nj

    hi…it sounds a very good book thank you so much about all articles it’s useful thanxxxx a lot

  • http://picsnapr.me Mithun Kumar

    Just got a copy of this book in my hand… Super-excited to have some great learnings soon!

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  • Mithun Kumar

    October 24, 2011 03:52 pm

    Just got a copy of this book in my hand... Super-excited to have some great learnings soon!

  • nj

    May 13, 2011 10:30 am

    hi...it sounds a very good book thank you so much about all articles it's useful thanxxxx a lot

  • Ernest

    May 10, 2011 06:48 pm

    picked up the book @ Barnes & Noble so far is a good read very inspirational indeed

  • Jan Taylor

    May 8, 2011 08:30 pm

    You have inspired me to buy this book, Valerie! Ordered today and can't wait to receive it!
    Thank you!

  • ScottC

    May 8, 2011 03:24 pm

    A great review. I've read several books, including a few great ones by David duChemin, on light but it's a subject I can't get enough of. Identifying the available light is one thing, using is properly is another.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5606275516/

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    May 8, 2011 08:48 am

    Hi

    I think I will pick up this book. I like the statement that the author composes his images based on the emotional response he has to the scene or the subject. I feel exactly the same when I see something the moves me through the lens. For example, this shot from inside of St Johns in NYC. The solitude of the scene, old wooden benches and the amazing light the entryway made me stop and think what an amazing place this is!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/follow-the-light/

    Thanks Valerie for sharing this!

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