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Light (Collins photography workshop series) [Hardcover]

Michael Freeman
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6 Feb 1989 Collins photography workshop series
Light is crucial to all photographs; after all, photography is literally the capturing of a light image on film. It is essential to have a clear understanding of light in all its various forms and to be able to anticipate how differnt types of light will affect a photograph. Michael Freeman looks at light in detail, beginnning with colour and colour temperature and how to measure it. Of the main sources of light, natural light is examined first, including direct sun and its angle to the camera and coping with difficult weather conditions. Available light - from such sources as tungsten, florescent and vapour discharge lamps - frequently poses more problems for photographers, but it too has its advantages and useful characteristics. Practical instruction is given in this, and in all other types of photographic lighting, whether in the studio or on location. Finally, the author looks at ways of using and controlling light to the best effect to bring out the innate qualities of different objects.
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004122496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004122496
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 23.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into fifteen languages, and are available on other Amazon international sites.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated 15 Sep 2003
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This book all aspects of lighting, from how to measure it, to how to deal with difficult weather conditions, and different artificial lighting set-ups. Written in 1989, some of the equipment shown is out of date, however, this does not detract from the information given. The photographs in the book used to illustrate the points being made are numerous and well done.
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The third book in the Collins Photography Workshop series deals with the use of light in photography, including natural light, available light and various forms of specialised photographic lighting. Michael Freeman deals with the subject from a sound theoretical and practical standpoint, discussing the ways in which different kinds of lighting can emphasise qualities of the subject such as shape, form, texture and colour. The treatment is systematic and comprehensive, the aim being to enable the reader to deal with practically any lighting situation. Over 400 photographs effectively illustrate the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll need it! 25 May 2013
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Perfect condition, if you can find a second hand one you'll be very happy - I really am for having one with me. Light and everything, because light is everything. Thank you Mr. Freeman!
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