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Going Fast With Light is an 83-page manual that will show you how to use off-camera flash and apply speedlight-style lighting techniques in your active outdoor photography styles.

Two realities that outdoor photographers often face are that the best light is often the most challenging light to work with, and that the most compelling subjects are not always lit by the best light. Having some control over the light can make all the difference.

Successful photographers know that the subtle use of flash can really transform a photo into a great image. However, some outdoor shooters don’t use lighting gear in their photography because they’re either intimidated by using flash or because they think the equipment is simply too heavy or too cumbersome.

Going Fast With Light will show you that good light doesn’t have to slow you down. In this book, you’ll see specific flash gear and light modifiers that are both affordable and easy to pack, as well as techniques that will help you dramatically improve the quality of your imagery.

You’ll learn different lighting schemes using a single flash or multiple flashes, which methods work best for triggering off camera remote flashes and see a number of lightweight lighting rights that you can adapt and use in your own work, depending on your style. You’ll see how to effectively use colored light without having it look too obvious and learn how to take your photography to the next level of creativity, style and professionalism.

Whether you shoot action, adventure, sports, travel, portraits or kids playing in the backyard, this book will change your photography. With nearly 100 images and over 20,000 words of text, this practical manual contains a tremendous amount of information and ideas that is sure to inspire your creativity and advance your skills and confidence with off-camera flash.

Going Fast With Light, Because good light doesn’t have to slow you down.

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I just did a photo shoot [and implemented] some stuff I learned from your e-book. I stood out from the other photographers, because I was prepared to “Go Fast with Light”. I am serious! Nobody else brought flash because we were told we had to move quickly from Gondola, to Piston Bully, and then on foot.  There was minimal room for gear. Thanks to you, I had everything in my backpack. I am now finding myself getting high profile work as the “cool American photographer.-Dr. Tracy Anderson, Natters, Austria

“A great resource for exploring the strobist life. I can see it being a great help to those who are new to using off-camera flash. Wish I had [a book] like this when I was just starting out!” -Tim Snow, Professional Montreal Photographer

“Going Fast with Light,” has a great straight forward and simple approach. The traveling light part without a ton of gear, helps reduce the intimidation factor of using flash. It’s full of great techniques, example photos, and proven methods used in the field regularly. I am excited to try these methods for myself, and share my results in the “Going Fast with Light” group on Flickr. I also look forward to seeing others images in the Flickr group too.” – Chance Woodridge, IL

“Going Fast With Light covers the full gamut of what you’ll need to know in order to get really beautiful off-camera lighting in outdoor photography situations. Best of all, it teaches you how to get that lighting without having to hire assistants to carry all your gear.” – Janine Fugere, Denver, CO

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  • Tony Bynum says:

    Dan, if one downloads the e book to a PC can it then be viewed properly on an ipad? Or does one have to download the e book directly onto the ipad? In other words, i want the book on my computer and my ipad, is this possible with one purchase? If so, can you describe the procedures? Thank you.


  • Dan Bailey says:

    Tony, the book looks awesome on the iPad, in fact that’s what I used to do all viewing and proofing during the layout and design process. To install, you can download the book to your computer, and then either sync it to your iPad in iTunes (books) and view in iBooks, or email the PDF file to yourself and save to iBooks. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions. -Dan

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  • Hey Dan, just wanted to say what a great ebook this is. It’s very easy to follow, and the worked examples are great, I followed along with my own practical experiments – my poor dog has only just stopped walking into door-frames from all the flashing ;). I’m just getting into flash photography, mainly to use in my landscape work, but after reading through your book I’m thinking of branching out a little. Thanks for making the time to put this together, keep on keeping on!
    PS – it does look great on the iPad!
    Cheers, Barney

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Thanks so much, Barney- I really appreciate the comments!!

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