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Creative Lighting Techniques for Studio Photographers [Paperback]

Dave Montizambert
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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158428093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280934
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This definitive guide to studio lighting explains and demonstrates universal lighting principles that help photographers to think on their feet and master lighting theory and technique. Explained are essential concepts such as why light behaves the way it does and how to manipulate it to its best effect. Concrete, practical examples illustrate topics such as shooting light, dark, and reflective surfaces; mastering contrast control; modifying shadow formation to effectively shape mid- and light-coloured objects; creating definition in black objects; and using Photoshop to fine-tune subjects. Instruction is also provided on creating simulated sunlight, painting with light, using softening filters, and lighting subjects in motion. Compelling photographs and numerous lighting diagrams are included.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Take control of studio lighting 18 July 2007
This book teaches the reader how to proactively take control of studio lighting to achieve exactly the effect they want.
Topics such as shadows, highlights, shadow/diffused edge transfer, highlight/diffused edge transfer and reflections are covered in detail with both theory and examples of how to manipulate the lighting to achieve any desired combination. The author demonstrates the evolution from first effort to finished shot using multiple diagrams, pictures and text so the reader can easily follow his thought process.

For many of the examples, minimal equipment is used (in fact, many only use a single light with reflectors and diffuser) so you don't need a big budget to start putting the ideas into practice.

Studio examples include still life and portraiture but there is also an informative example of a portrait shot outdoors mixing daylight with flash.

Overall, this is a great read and one which I will refer back to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Authoritative Guide 27 Feb 2008
This really is an authoritative guide to studio lighting; with some excellent photographs, includes plenty of diagrammatic lighting examples and technical breakdowns. This is a great reference book and should be in the forefront of your bookshelf. Ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Technical 14 July 2011
A very detailed technical book about light with several examples of studio lighting techniques showing you how everything was set up in the studio. Sounds good doesn't it? Having read other reviews I thought it would be ideal. Personally I found the technical stuff hard going (I have many years of photographic experience and know the basics) and the examples were all shot with a Hassleblad film camera, and even one still life shot uses a 5 x 4 camera on rails. There is some good lighting information but it would be difficult to try out the examples in the book. A book more suited to someone who already has a studio and is used to doing professional work rather than someone like me who wants to know more about lighting generally. I have since also bought 'Master Lighting Guide for portrait photographers' which I am finding more useful.
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