“Trick Photography and Special Effects” by Evan Sharboneau- An Evaluation by Amy Renfrey

The “Trick Photography Book” written by Evan Sharboneau is an in depth and exciting book. I absolutely loved it and I am happy to write a review about it to share with you. It is sure to enlighten photographers of all stages on how to get those special effects photographs that thrill and inspire us for years to come. Even for those that may have never picked up a camera in their lives or are using simple cameras many special effects can still be used. The book still offers to help photo enthusiasts in a straightforward and very simple to understand way.

I loved its strategies, tactics and was thrilled to read the whole book from front to cover. Evan has done himself proud. There is a wealth of information in the book. There is so much in fact, that it will take you a while to digest it all. And it should be like that. The best educational books are like that.

Long Exposure Effects and Light Painting
Setting the Shutter Speed
Setting the Aperture
Setting the ISO
Setting the White Balance
and Generic Common Settings for Light Paintings

These just some of the countless things you will discover in the book. There is so much more in here I hardly know where to start.

He talks a lot about the best lighting and other really great techniques you can create in the post processing end of your photography. I liked the way he went into specific detail and defined how the whole thing works mutually, from start to finish, to create your final image. Lighting is the key to photography and Evan covers this extensively.

When you first open the book you are hit with a huge table of contents.

It feels a little overwhelming to begin with because the content he provides is so big. He not only goes into all the things you need to know like lighting, but talks about dslr’s, angles, software and other technical facts, which he describes very effortlessly and straightforwardly.


High Speed Photography
One of my favourite aspects to his book was the part High Speed Photography. Want to see what a balloon looks like when it bursts? Its high speed photography but the shots look like they have been taken in slow motion. This is the section you won’t want to miss. He explains all the equipment you will need (yes you can set this up at home) where to buy the equipment and how to put it all together. He explains it in such a simple way that you want to rush out and buy it. That’s what I did.

The photos are extraordinary. I actually felt myself getting excited by the possibility of photographing my own high speed photographs. I can’t wait to try this.

Evan also covers a segment on Bubbles and close up photography. The images are stunning and you are truly transported to another world by examining at them. You can produce wonderful effects, abstract photos and extremely interesting photos of close up bubbles. You see the dazzling swirls of the water across the surface of the bubble and the patterns look like something out of a fantasy book.

Photographing smoke is also in the book, thankfully. I am thankful because I get so many clients asking me how to photograph smoke. Now I can refer them to Evans book. I love this part a lot. He talks about the lighting, things to use as backdrops and what you need to accurately photograph smoke and produce attractive and amazing patterns. You don’t have to use cigarette smoke; you can also use the smoke from an incense stick.



I have been a photographer for many years. I know how hard it can be when you are first beginning to not only take good photos, but special effects. Evan makes this process easy, fun and really enlightening. I highly recommend this book. I am recommending it to all my clients who learn about photography.

And just when you think you can’t fit i any more in your brain, he gives you a handful of special bonuses. What an incredibly generous offer. He’s a sweet guy and very eager to help people. You will not find a better experience with trick photography. I loved the bonus ebooks as much as I loved the main ebook. A brilliant collection that I am now proud to own.

It’s easy to learn from and fun to do your first special effects photos. It’s worth $97 but I seriously think he should be asking for twice the cost. It’s worth a few hundred dollars in value and content. It’s worth so much more than it’s current outlay. It just shows the generous nature of the author.

Amy Renfrey



To check out Evans book, just go to his website: Trick Photography and Special Effects

Amy Renfrey is a professional photography teacher. She shows you how to take stunning photos every single time, even if you have never used a digital camera before. To discover how to take good photos better than ever before visit her website today.

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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