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Doesn't quite hit the spot
on 15 August 2012
Despite being a little dated in look and feel, this book had everything going for it, but doesn't quite hit the spot. In terms of positives, it has lots of little pictures showing the same model lit under different conditions, different chapters covering lots of topics and lots of technical information. However, the book has two significant problems... Firstly, there is no real "flow" to the book - although it starts well, covering the basics, it jumps about from there on, instead of keeping up a steady "story". It is less of a course in lighting and more of a series of essays. The second problem is more signifncant in that a lot of the techniques just aren't explained particularly well - lots of technical jargon right from the start, which is quite difficult to wade through all done in a very dry style. You find yourself having to re-read paragraphs, just to understand what is going on. This isn't good enough writing, as everything should be 100% clear, even to a relative novice.
However, if you take be book as a series of photographs with explanations as to how they were achieved then it is probably worth the money. However, if you are looking for a real lighting course, I'd look elsewhere...