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Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Scott Kelby
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1 Sep 2011 Voices That Matter

Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography books, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and Publisher of the just-released Light It magazine, has reinvented how lighting books are written by finally revealing the entire process from start to finish. You see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact sheet of the progression of the shoot), to the all-important part that most books don’t dare include–the post-processing and retouching in Photoshop. This book also breaks new ground in the visual way it teaches you the lighting setup. There aren’t any sketches or 3D models–you see the lighting layout in a full-page photo, taken from above during the live shoot, so you can see exactly where everything’s positioned (the subject, the photographer, the lighting, the background–you name it–you see it all). Plus, you’ll see side, over-the-shoulder, and more behind-the-scenes views, so you can absolutely nail the lighting every time.

Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers during hisLight It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar tour and now, for the first time ever, he’s taken that incredibly popular style of learning and put in into book form. Now everyone can have a real-world reference for getting the same looks today’s clients are clamoring for.

You’ll learn:
  • The step-by-step layouts for creating the most-requested and sought-after lighting looks
  • How to get more out of one light than you ever thought you could (this is worth it alone!)
  • How to control and shape your light without breaking the bank
  • The camera settings, gear, and power settings for every shot
  • The retouching techniques the pros really use to make their subjects look their very best
  • How to retouch hair, eyes, lips, skin, and lots of other little retouching tricks that make a really big difference
  • How to create high-contrast portrait effects without buying expensive plug-ins
  • A host of insider tricks, invaluable shortcuts, and kick-butt special effects to give you a real advantage over the competition

Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter that shows how to create these same studio looks using off-camera hot shoe fl ashes and the modifi ers made for them. There’s never been a book like it.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321786610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321786616
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Kelby is the world's #1 bestselling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals
(NAPP). He's the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV, and teaches digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. Scott is an award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, and Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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About the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Profession als (NAPP), Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the industry today. Scott is author of the best-selling books The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography Book (volumes 1, 2 & 3), among others. His easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning photography and Photoshop fun. Scott trains thousands of photographers each year through his live seminars, live Webinars, and his weekly videocast. He knows firsthand which lighting and retouching techniques are in demand, and now he shares them all in one place, here in his latest book.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it. 3 Dec 2011
I bought this book have been recommended by a friend at work. What I liked was how it shows the studio setup and then follows through to a finished product,
Scott Kelby explains his methods very well,along it easy to follow, with the bonus of the link to download the images and complete them as you read through the chapter.
An excellent book with hints and tips that I have been able to put to use in my general photography and work too.
It has proved a good purchase which I would recommend to anyone looking to advance both their studio photography and post processing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide... 9 Nov 2011
This is a great book to guide you through lots of lighting scenarios, I got my copy yesterday and have had a good flick through picking up some good tips already. It's well organised and you don't have to read from start to finish, you can dive into the picture style you want to create and you get walked through the process from start to finish - If you shoot and post process in Photoshop or similar this is a really good reference book. I'm a graphic artist with a decent level of Photoshop experience and I'm working on my photography skills, I feel this book is perfect for that. If you don't have a knowledge of Photoshop don't be put off as Scott takes you through step by step.
I would have liked to see some guides for product lighting, but maybe that's another book.
Well done Mr Kelby.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok so imagine how good it would if one day somebody out there would write a photography book that covered everything from the photo shoot, the equipment, settings used, the editing and all the way through to the final image?

Well, imagine no further because it's been done and it's available NOW!!!

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It is the latest book from Best Selling Author Scott Kelby and having had a copy for the past week I don't hesitate in telling you that it absolutely ROCKS!!!

This new book is made up of 13 Chapters; 12 of which cover a completely different photo shoot using a completely different lighting set up.

So let's take a look at what makes this book destined to be such a winner...

Chapter 1: Clamshell Lighting (3 Light Classic Beauty Setup)
Chapter 2: High Contrast Lighting (2-Light Edgy Setup)
Chapter 3: Dramatic Glamour Lighting (2-Light Dramatic Setup)
Chapter 4: Lens-Flare Lighting (3-Light Lens Flare Setup)
Chapter 5: Using Ring Flash for Fashion Lighting (1-Light =Ring Flash Setup)
Chapter 6: Edgy Lighting (3-Light Sports Setup)
Chapter 7: Full-Length Fashion Lighting (1-Light Full Length Setup)
Chapter 8: Soft Glamour Lighting (1-Light Home Interior Setup)
Chapter 9: Fashion Side Lighting (2-Light On-Location Fashion Setup)
Chapter 10: Lighting for Composition (4-Light Sports Composite Setup)
Chapter 11: Dramatic Side Lighting (1-Light Dramatic Setup)
Chapter 12: 1940's Hollywood-Style Lighting (2-Light Beauty Setup)
Chapter 13: If You Use Hot Shoe Flash Instead...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Studio and Manipulation in a nutshell 5 Jan 2012
Scott Kelby is one of those rare American authors who does not over use humour to help you learn.

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It, is studio photography in a nutshell with extra classes on professional retouching. The genius part of this books format, is the fact that Scott Kelby thinks about the photographer. The book is laid out with the obvious introduction to what the book is about and various set ups for Digital SLR camera's. Then you are taken on a lesson guide to setting up studio shoots with portraiture in mind. Each shoot lesson is documented with various photographs from all angles, even from above, which show the precise set up. It is a revelation to see photographs and not drawn diagrams.

Each of these lessons are followed by a comprehensive guide to professional image retouching. The only downside to this is, if you do not own the latest version of Photoshop CS5, you will not be able to follow all of the retouching guides. This is due to the fact that some of the tools Scott Kelby uses, are only found in CS5.

There then follows a few pages on the various photographic equipment and studio accessories for a decent studio shoot.

I would recommend this book to anyone with prior photographic knowledge and a good head for photo manipulation. I would also recommend that you be prepared to spend money on studio equipment. Scott Kelby does offer advice on this, but the end section of equipment is far from the budget market.

Overall, a very well thought of guide to studio photography and manipulation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good multi-subject book 12 Aug 2012
In many respects, this book is typically Scott Kelby. It is a step-by-step guide replete with multiple screen captures, diagrams and images whose purpose is to help explain and to replace huge amounts of text which may be less easy to comprehend than a single illustration.

The book is also a slight deviation from his normal offerings in that it talks about lighting, the photography and image manipulation more or less in sequence and simultaneously rather than treating them as distinct from each other. Unfortunately for most of us, lottery winners aside, he has access to a studio about half the size of a football pitch and enough lighting equipment to fill a film company's lighting van. Whilst we may be able to provide a temporary studio in a lounge or other room in our house and perhaps have one or two lamps, they are not likely to be of the size or types shown here. Forgiving that, we may be able to partly duplicate the shots with available facilities.

Kelby is one of the most prolific current writers on photography, and one of the most knowledgeable. He lectures and offers tutorials in person and on disk on behalf of several training companies and, occasionally, for Adobe mostly using Photoshop or Photoshop Lightroom. Although there are some negative comments from other reviewers, this book is intended as a learning medium for those wishing to improve their photography. It is not intended for the more expert photographer or those who have extensive experience with image manipulation, whether with Lightroom, Photoshop or anything else.

If this book suits your purposes in one or more of the areas covered by its title, it is one that you should certainly consider and probably buy. It is not the most complete offering on either of its subject fields and, if your needs are greater than this book provides, there are other offerings that may better suit. However, if an all-in-one solution will suffice, this is about as good as you will find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book a must buy for any photographer
Published 20 days ago by Mr Paul Loades
5.0 out of 5 stars The delivery was excellent. This book has been well set out and ...
The delivery was excellent. This book has been well set out and walks you through each process. Great author will be looking at their other books. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ian Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Pages and pages of how to touch up on photoshop - which I dont have. Why not lightroom?
Published 1 month ago by gareth price
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillent learning tool - Great for Students
Well written, easy to follow with lots of helpful information, and pictures.. Would highly recomend to any one wanting to learn studio, or retouching workflows of the real world.
Published 3 months ago by Ben O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Arrived in good time and was all I was hoping for, a big fan of Scott Kelby Books would but from this supplier again
Published 4 months ago by F J Topping
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighting in steps
This is a great book, I have two copies one hard copy and one on my iPad. Not everyone likes Mr Kelby's style of writing, but you cannot fault the knowledge which he is able to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Patricia Meakins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a great photographer
A very well laid out book with different lighting set ups and follows on on how to process your photos, includes the settings for your camera to help you get started
Published 7 months ago by John Whitelam
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book but then Scott Kelby's literature always is
Fantastic book, great ideas and easy to follow Photoshop ideas for post-prod. Some good pics of behind the scenes and kit lists. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of lighting, a bit of shooting and a lot of retouching
i enjoyed this book but had really been looking for more about lighting. It does address several different lighting set ups with great results. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geoff Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars SCOTT KELBY AT HIS BEST
I love this man's approach. He makes it so easy to see what he is saying and doing.
I can follow his techniques and he explains it for you, so that you can adapt it to your... Read more
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