Chasing the light – photography book review

by Enche Tjin on May 19, 2011

Chasing the light, by Ibarionex Perello is a photography book intended for beginner and enthusiasts. The book discusses primarily about light and shadow, how to see the light interplays with shadow and how the light affects other visual elements such as color, shape and pattern.


For beginner, Perello gives great explanation about exposure (shutter speed, aperture and ISO). Not only that, but Perello also gives his personal workflow. Perello considers to set ISO first based on the available light, aperture and shutter speed. He also explain about camera metering system and exposure compensation/bias, and when to use it effectively.

Then, Perello proceeds with explaining how to build a visually effective photos , how to set white balance and how to juxtapose color to make your photos more interesting.

In the heart of the book, Perello discusses how light plays in many type of photography, from landscape, portraits, nature, urban and so on. Perello also briefly explain about light modifier like reflector and flash, but he doesn’t get in depth on that topic.

I regard this book as a very informative and inspiring. It is a must read if you are beginner or if you are enthusiasts that want to learn how to make a visually interesting photos by observing and using available light. – [Get it from]

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