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David Landau has produced an excellent text in Lighting for Cinematography which manages to cover the practicalities of production, the technical aspects of lighting and vitally the artistic importance of this work.  Lighting for Cinematography is constructed to appeal and be of value to the practitioner at all levels; it is equally full of detail for careful consideration and quick hints and images for review before filming.  Landau's book is helpfully crammed with instructional diagrams and the chosen images act as exemplars of technique.  Lighting for Cinematography contains a series of production skills and helpful hints and exercises; these aspects are exceptionally helpful to the student of film wishing to improve their understanding and technique.  I would highly recommend Lighting for Cinematography to those to wish to learn more about this field and to all those interested in the technique and process of film making. --Robert Edgar, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Production, York St John University, UK

A master class in cinematography! David Landaus conversational tone mixed with 35 years of technical experience and aesthetic prowess results in a very accessible text that should be cherished by students and professionals alike. Whether he is describing the process of lighting through a window with a 1200 HMI Par with a double scrim, 250 diffusion and 1/2 CTO or describing his method of achieving a firelight effect with several 250W Inkies with a mixture of amber and orange gels and run through a flicker box, Landaus multiple accounts from his work in the field give this book a much appreciated practicality and voice of authority that is invaluable for the emerging cinematographer. --Harlan Bosmajian, Assistant Professor of Cinematography, Emerson College, USA and Local 600 Director of Photography

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David Landau has over thirty years of professional lighting experience working on feature films, TV shows, sit-coms, game shows, commercials, documentaries, industrial films, music videos and direct-to-consumer DVDs. Landau teaches lighting and cinematography at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, where he also created the Cinematography track of study, but continues to work in the lighting industry, shooting low budget features and corporate videos, designing lights for theatre and working as one of the gaffers on the TV series Project Runway. A five-time Telly Award winner for lighting and cinematography, Landau is a member of IATSE Local 52, the University Film & Video Association and Media Communications Association International.

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one of the best books on lighting for film that I have ever ... 13 Aug. 2014
By H. Craig Bass - Published on
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As a self-taught cinematographer I can confidently state that this is an indispensable tome for anyone part of the revolution of filmmakers gaining their education through websites, collaboration, and trial and error. Truly, one of the best books on lighting for film that I have ever read. Mr. Landau's writing style is fluid, conversational, and easy to understand; and, his examples are derived from real world projects that he has crewed, and not conjecture based off of the work of others.

I purchased this book for the kindle and have found myself highlighting about 75% of what I read--that's incredible! I am no slouch when it comes to lighting, but there is just so much useful material between these pages that I can't help myself. Many of you may be familiar with the following scenario: the information on lighting that we unearth on the web or via other books on the subject is either woefully basic, or it is dependent upon absurdly expensive, power-hungry instruments that most of us will never use. Honestly, to my eye, this is the case of at least 75% of the material that I come across. Conversely, Mr. Landau stays true to the title, and teaches the reader all sorts of theory and application that is achievable with accessible instruments. This is precisely what I have been looking for for years now.

Do yourself a favor and purchase this book. If you are a beginner, this is going to rapidly ratchet your skills to a higher level; if you are a more advanced cinematographer or gaffer, this book will fill in the gaps necessary to make you shine far brighter than you ever have. Honestly, I can not recommend Lighting for Cinematography highly enough!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must read for production-quality filmmaking 19 Sept. 2014
By E. Smith - Published on
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David Landau is a talented and professional cinematographer as well as an excellent teacher. Being a past student of his, I appreciated every lesson he's taught me from basic lighting, netting and bouncing natural light, shooting at night, and that special trick that older interviewees appreciate that make their wrinkles less prominent.
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Two Thumbs Up! 10 Feb. 2015
By Aidan Gray - Published on
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Fantastic non-technical overview of lighting, with several different scenarios and anecdotes. Paired with the Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, one can receive a relatively encompassing education of lighting for cinematographers. Landau goes through different daylight interior/exterior and night time interior/exterior with stills to illustrate each of the his written examples. A great book on the design of lighting, but definitely needs to be paired with the Set Lighting Technician's Handbook for a full education. Great read!
Good insight, poor examples. 8 Feb. 2015
By John - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Enjoyed all of the info and insight but felt the practical examples were lacking. Most of the still grabs looked like lighting scenarios you'd want to avoid. All in all good read for the aspiring DP/LD.
Very good book and useful information. 17 Nov. 2014
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Very good book.
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