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Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by [Fancher, Nick]
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What’s your definition of a photo studio? Is it a room with a white seamless backdrop or a cyc wall? Maybe it’s simply anywhere you’re in control of the lighting. In a perfect world, where every day is a breezy 72 degrees with partial cloud coverage, we would all have a 5,000-square-foot studio–and the entire catalog of B&H™ in our equipment lockups.

 

But the reality is that you may have an outdated DSLR with two decent lenses (which took you several years to save up for), and all you have at your disposal is an unfinished basement, your garage, or the empty conference room at your office. That’s where Studio Anywhere comes in. With photographer Nick Fancher as your guide, you’ll learn how to get portfolio-ready photos while working in some of the most problematic scenarios imaginable. Whether shooting a corporate portrait, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, you’ll discover that most of the time, there’s no need for an expensive studio–you just have to get creative.

 

Studio Anywhere is a resource for photographers to learn through behind-the-scenes photos and lighting diagrams from a range of photo shoots–but it doesn’t stop there. Because directing a photo shoot involves more than simply knowing how to wield a camera or process a raw file, Nick also lets you in on the aesthetic decisions he makes in his signature photos, inspiring you to develop your own vision. And, finally, he describes his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow so you can learn how to deftly navigate post-processing.

 

  • Shows how to create images with minimal equipment that is within reach of anyone’s budget
  • Takes you through the entire shoot, from concept to lighting to exposure to post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Teaches how to build a portfolio without a dedicated studio space

About the Author

Nick Fancher is a Columbus, Ohio–based portrait and commerce photographer. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in fine art photography in 2005. His clients have included JackThreads, ESPN Magazine, The Ohio State University, CVS, and Getty. He adores good coffee, music, and the film work of Charlie Kaufman. He can be found online at nickfancher.com, @nickfancher (Twitter), and nickfancherphoto (Facebook).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 43286 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (19 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UZ9K1L4
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,20,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a very helpful 'tool' to have around especially when you are just starting out. It has some wonderful ideas on how to make the best of the available space & equipment. It's a book you keep coming back to time & again. A must have guide for beginners.
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An excellent antidote for someone with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of tips! 1 June 2015
By Brent A. Thale - Published on Amazon.com
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"Studio Anywhere" is a great guide for photographers who want to improve the quality of their images without needing a ton of expensive gear or a permanent studio location. I really enjoyed the book, the author is very specific about how he lit each example picture, even including screenshots of Lightroom settings of how he color graded the pictures and fixed problems.

The author covers many different scenarios: low-key portraits, bright and dark product shots, shooting with water, bright sky and dark night portraits... always in tight spots with minimal gear. Keep in mind the author really likes hard light, like rock-hard light from an unmodified speedlight. If you're a fan of soft, subtle lighting, you might not like all of his photos.

A few nitpicks: The author frequently refers to speedlights as "bare-bulb strobes". Speedlights have lenses and mirrors that enable their features, they are not bare-bulb strobes. I think he just means "bare flash", meaning no modifier was used. Also he makes a big deal about how superior Neutral Density filters are to High-Speed Sync modes on speedlights, but he compares the two unfairly to make ND filters sound wonderful and HSS sound terrible, using different exposure settings for the two tests. HSS costs about two stops of power, if you put a two-stop ND filter in front of your lens, you will also need an additional two stops of flash power. Anyway, I'm just saying ND filters are not some magical solution to flash sync problems, using them requires more flash power just like HSS does, and ND filters make it harder to change lenses, since you also have to change filters when you do, possibly requiring multiple filters for different size lenses, step-up rings, etc. HSS just works.

So, if you're looking for a collection of practical tips for using the world as your studio to take great pictures, "Studio Anywhere" is highly recommended!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is really great if you're into hard light (and/or closed shadow looks) 2 August 2016
By La Mae Reck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really great if you're into hard light (and/or closed shadow looks)!! Or really into that Marc Jacobs print ad look or multi-color gel work. It has some great tips for the every man, for the poor man, for the photographer in a pinch, or the basement studio photographer. There was definitely all kinds of photography styles included, some which were softer and I really appreciated, but if you were looking for a book more about utilizing natural light, he tends to use flashes and explains in more detail the dramatic looks. It's worth keeping in my library although it's not my style, I really think the info is beneficial for the starving artists and follow him on instagram for more tips!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... so poorly printed in the print version I can't recommend it. The Kindle version is better 15 May 2015
By jlmr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a five star book but the photos in it are so poorly printed in the print version I can't recommend it. The Kindle version is better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it is easy to follow 26 March 2016
By Karin - Published on Amazon.com
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Nick Fancher is such a generous person. His generosity is reflected in all the knowledge coming from this little book. It is full of practical illustrations and pictures, it is easy to follow, it reads almost like a magazine. In his first Studio Anywhere, Nick shares invaluable tips, tricks and secret tutorial that not only will make you a better photographer, but will inspire you to be a more overall creative individual.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The idea behind this book is great - you really don't "need" a studio 27 July 2016
By Michael W. - Published on Amazon.com
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The idea behind this book is great - you really don't "need" a studio.

However, I am a little disappointed how much the author relies on using "post" to make up for lack of lighting, when in many of examples it would have been easy/possible to add another flash. Obviously we'd all like to not have to carry around that little bit extra gear, but it just seems to go against the whole concept that we do 90% of our shots without a studio. We are not talking run and gun here, we're talking posed sittings, which may or may not have time pressures and baggage allowance issues.

On the whole the guidelines and ideas are great, but I do feel the heavy reliance on "Lightroom" to fix what we didn't get on set, is a little off-putting.
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