April 26


New eBook: “Natural Light,” by Mitchell Kanashkevich

By Dan

April 26, 2012

Digital Photography School has just released a brand new eBook called Natural Light: Mastering a Photographer’s most powerful tool, by pro travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich.

This one looks promising for a couple of reasons. First of all, Mitchell is a top notch photographer. (He’s the author of the Rabari eBook that I reviewed here a few months ago), and I think that he shoots very compelling work.

More importantly, we often hear that photography is all about the light, but we don’t always learn how to effectively use it in our photography.

In this 96-page eBook, Mitchell details not just how to use magic hour light- (that’s the easy one), he explains how to understand and use all different types of light in order to communicate and evoke the mood and emotion that you’re trying to bring forth in your imagery.

Photographers often get told to put their cameras away at midday, but the truth is that if you’re only shooting pictures at sunrise and sunset, you’re missing an entire day’s worth of great photo opportunities. Some subject matter can actually benefit from different types of light, whether it’s harsh, cool, soft, diffused or foggy. Understanding and gaining mastery of how to use these different types of light will indeed make you a better photographer.

In Natural Light, Mitchell covers the role and power of light in photography, how to deal with the technical aspects of shooting in different types of light, how to use quality, direction, diffusion, and reflection to your advantage when composing subject matter and how to control the light without having to resort to using lots gear.

That’s the kicker. Without extra gear. The light is already there, and it doesn’t necessarily take lots of flashes and modifiers to create compelling imagery if you know what you’re doing, it just takes understanding and practice. Natural light is simple. It’s unencumbering. It’s free. It’s real. Natural light is how we cut our teeth as photographers and it’s what we always come back to when we want to slip through the world with only our cameras, our eyes and our minds.

Equipment is cool, but being a master of light is even cooler.

Check out Mitchell’s book, Natural Light: Mastering a Photographer’s most powerful tool.

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.

As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

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  • This is a great book with great story! Thanks you for sharing your review. I’m glad you have it here. I’ll definitely grab this book.

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.

    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.