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Light Matters with Brian Fitzgerald

By October 18, 2018ASMP Bookshelf, Member Spotlight


Image: Brian Fitzgerald

Have you ever wished you could listen in on the conversation of experienced commercial photographers and masters of lighting—not only to hear their secrets of using flash but to understand the way they approach lighting, location work and the inevitable issues that come with it? Then ASMP member Brian Fitzgerald has the book for you.

Light Matters: A Photographer’s Guide to Lighting with Flash on Location contains practical information on how to plan and execute a successful location shoot no matter the situation.   Rather than a book of lighting setups, Light Matters is a no-nonsense guide to thinking about light in a more intentional way.

Light Matters is my effort to help others get their head around practical, useful lighting approaches.  It’s the book I wish I had in my camera bag back when my gear consisted of two camera bodies, a couple of lenses and a used speedlight flash,” said author Brian Fitzgerald.

Light Matters is Fitzgerald’s first published book.  His work has been published in national and local newspapers and magazines throughout his 23 years as a photojournalist and commercial photographer.

He started his career as a newspaper photojournalist in Sedona, Arizona; was photo editor in Provo, Utah, and worked stints in Phoenix, Arizona, and for the Seattle Times Company in Washington State and Portland, Maine before transitioning to full-time commercial and advertising photography in 2007.

In Light Matters, Fitzgerald discusses real-world scenarios and approaches.  While studio photographers can control every aspect of lighting, location photographers don’t have that luxury—especially when constantly on the move in dynamic, changing environments where resourcefulness and creativity are prerequisites for success.    Fitzgerald gives practical advice on how to maximize the gear you have to do the job right—no matter what happens.

For more information about the Light Matters Guide or to purchase the book on Amazon.


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