“Captured By the Light;” David Ziser’s Groundbreaking New Book for Wedding Photographers


Hi Gang: I just got my first copy of David Ziser’s amazing new wedding photography book, “Captured by the Light” and it is even more amazing than I thought it would be! I’ve only worked as Editor on two books in my career—Joe McNally’s “The Moment it Clicks” and now this book. Watch the quick video below to hear why David had to be the guy to write this book, and why it’s going to be the best thing to happen to Wedding Photographers in years.

The book is now in stock at Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com.

  1. Ooo Ooo! I never get to be the first one to comment! :)
    Anyway, awesome book David! I had a long flight last week and read a good part of it on the way. Once I got through the first couple of chapters I thought the book was worth it right there. Congrats Dave!

    – Matt K

  2. Great Intro… Although I don’t shoot many weddings now, I really enjoy David’s classes on Kelby Training and I am sure this will be a great book and one that I will not only be buying because you never stop learning but also one that I will recommend to my students.

  3. I went to flip through it at my local Barnes&Noble. It is really good and surpassed my expectations. My only criticism is the price. I feel it should have been priced similar to Hot Shoe Diaries.

  4. Hi Scott,

    Ya know, I thought you would be a little more excited and enthused since you published this book … Just kidding! I don’t think I’m ever see so much enthusiasm as you had in this video for a book! I’ll have go check it out at my Barnes & Noble store. After watching your video … I’m pumped for the day!!!


  5. Scott, I actually bought this book last week, before I knew you were the editor. I can attest that this book is probably the best wedding photography book I’ve read so far. While Ziser has a less than optimal “bedside manner” (with assistants and models at least), he definitely has a great eye and this book is full of insightful techniques and tips. I highly recommend it and am confident it will help me generate more wedding photography sales.

  6. I got it last friday and i LOVE it! I can already tell it’s going to be a wonderful resource, he answers in a normal understandable way questions i’ve had about lighting and posing. He does a fantastic job and he isn’t as vague as many writers are. Def worth it!

  7. I’ve received and read the book already as well and highly recommend it. I’m not a wedding shooter and never will be, but am trying to learn many of the skills of a wedding shooter. Need to get environmental portraits? That’s in there. Need to light a group? That’s in there. Need to know how to pose people? That’s in there. Need to know how to light folks at a party? That’s in there, too.

    Great book, plus David Ziser is one of those folks who gives away so much great information for free on his blog.

    I also highly endorse his videos on Kelby Training!

  8. Now, I’m no Wedding Photographer but despite that having seen some of David’s work I just had to attend his Pre Con’ at PSWorld Las Vegas; the exact same one Scott & Dave were at too and I remember us all, as Scott says being totally blown away. David’s enthusiasm for what he does is totally infectious and I’m not exaggerating when I say that he fits in a full days teaching in that short pre con which was maybe 3-4 hours max. Unbelievable stuff.

    Now here’s the clincher! I was gonna order the book anyway but on my to do list was to update my payment card for my ongoing NAPP membership…I put the details in…membership renews but not just that a FREE copy of David’s new book is shipped too!!!

    Photographer of any level?? Get this book cos if it’s anything at all like Scott says and take it from me there’s no exaggeration in how he describes David…it’s gonna be a MUST have!!!

    Cheers Scott,
    All the best to you and yours,

  9. Just ordered my copy tonight..can’t wait! Scott, I’m reading your digital photography series now and you reference a web site called where the pros shoot. When I checked it out it says coming soon. Any idea when it will be up and running? I love the concept of the site.

    1. Hi Dario,

      if you have a credit card, you can order it at Amazon.com and
      have it shipped to Europe (you even save the local taxes).
      The currently low USD makes US books quite a bargain
      (at least here in Germany!)
      The additional shipping costs are well covered and you still save compared to the local prices.

      Have fun,

  10. Soooo, i wish your video had come out a couple of days ago. I got an email from Kelby Training to renew and saw something about a book…I thought, I’ll just renew my membership at PSW and that’ll be cool.

    Hmmm, literally, a day late and a dollar short.

    Live and learn.

  11. I bought this book last week via Amazon.com. I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed. Not only does this book contain a wealth of information for new and experienced Wedding Photographers, but it is laid out well and looks great!

    In the book David cover everything from lighting patterns to subject positioning, to equipment, right down to his own personal wedding day work flow. I cannot imagine there is someone out there that wouldn’t get something from this book. I often buy Photography books, and it has been a long time since I have found one soo in depth and complete.

    If you are even considering photographing weddings, GO GET THIS BOOK! You won’t be disappointed.

  12. Hi Scott,

    Thanks fot the tip. Got the book recently. Every page is filled with great tips! Love the step-by-step explanation. And Susan is right. Its not just for weddingphotographers. If you’re doing for example portretphotography, the book is a musthave!


  13. Hi Scott.

    i”m a photographer from the uk, i ordered David Zisers book captured by the light from Amazon . I have learned so much from this book, this guy is amazing, the photo”s are brilliant, the book is very well layed out, very easy to read, i have been inspired by this book to try things i would have not thought about. a big thank you to David Ziser.
    And to you scott for editing this book, well done’

    john townsend

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