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Pro Digital Portrait Lighting: The Definitive Reference to Lighting Setups Paperback – Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq; 1 edition (Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059784X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597848
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 24.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pro Digital Portrait Lighting With more than 100 diagramed lighting setups-and eight shots showing the effect on the final image-this manual is a must-have for studio portrait photographers. In addition to the advice on equipment and on achieving a particular look, this reference confronts one of the major challenges faced by portrait photographers: matching the lighting to a model's skin. It demonstrates every conceivable lig... Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PILGRIM on 24 July 2011
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Pro Digital Portrait Lighting: The Definitive Reference to Lighting Setups good book to0 start a studio with good set ups simple but correct way of learning , wish i had this 28 years ago
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By David on 1 Dec. 2011
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I thought this book was, as the title suggested, Pro Digital Lighting. It is over simplistic and boring, the same shots giving over simplistic information. Lighting from 90 digress left is the same as 90 degrees right or have I missed something - why waste a page?
I also think the newest beginner would not light a portrait like some shown in the book - you could do as well with a torch and your girlfriend. Maybe it should have shown the effects of lighting a model with a torch from below?
I will never pick this book up again.
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The Most Misunderstood Lighting Book of 2011 15 Dec. 2011
By Syl Arena - Published on
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This book gets the dubious award for being the Most Misunderstood Lighting Book of 2011. Frankly, it deserves much more positive recognition. 'Pro Digital Portrait Lighting' takes an innovative approach to teaching lighting by showing the look of light set-ups on four different skin types.

Sure, at first glance, it appears to be a boring book. Each spread consists of a lighting diagram and the same four faces shot against a white background and a dark background. Spread after spread -- a lighting diagram and eight headshots staring straight into the lens.

Yet, therein lies the brilliance of 'Pro Digital Portrait Lighting.' This is the only book I know of that enables you to compare how changes in lighting create subtle, but noteworthy, changes in light and shadow on a range of faces. The faces are all the same on each spread so that you can compare the changes in lighting throughout the book. If the faces changed, then the differences in light and shadow would not be so apparent.

The chapters cover one light, two light, umbrella, snoot, softbox, reflectors, gelled, and mixed lights. In each series, the lights are moved systematically through a set series of positions -- which are delineated clearly in the excellent lighting diagrams.

This is not a book that you read. Rather, it's a book that you study visually as a set of reference charts. Inspirational -- no. Insightful -- yes. Forget the shortsighted reader reviews. For a detailed look inside, check out the post on the Sekonic blog. Better yet, buy it and look for yourself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best reference on the topic 9 Mar. 2012
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Readers who have given this book low ratings don't understand the purpose of the book. This is the first comprehensive book showing the lighting effects on men, women, and a person of color. This is not the stereotypical book written by photographic authors who use the medium to display their work, this is strictly a reference book to demonstrate the effects of lighting without requiring the reader to duplicate each and every setup to achieve the same result. However, if the reader wants to spend hundreds upon hundreds of hours duplicating and learning the effects for themselves, fine but I'll choose the intelligent path and refer to this book to save time and money.
Terrible book!!!!! 5 Nov. 2014
By Arturo - Published on
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This book was very deceptive. I was hoping to learn a bunch of different lighting set ups. The vast majority of the diagrams were basically the same with the lights a few inches away from each demo. The sample images were terrible! Do not buy this book. It was a waste of money!
Informative 2 July 2013
By ajracestables1 - Published on
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It really help me understand on how to set up my lamps and why. My portraits have really improved. Recommended for beginers.
Five Stars 7 Oct. 2014
By Julie Browning - Published on
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very happy with the book with fast delivery
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