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Studio Lighting Solutions: Expert Professional Techniques for Artistic and Commerial Success (Pdnpros) Paperback – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817459073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817459079
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Neubart is the author, most recently, of the KODAK Workshop Series ELECTRONIC FLASH book, as well as Amphoto's THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GUIDE TO EXPOSURE (0-8174-5424-1). He is a noted expert in photography, regularly contributing to Photo District News, Shutterbug, eDigitalPhoto, and Photographic Processing magazines. His popular "Technically Speaking" column has been running for 11 years in Photo District News (PDN) magazine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Aug. 2009
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I was rather disappointed with this book. I was hoping for a nice glossy book with fantastic pictures and a detailed run through of how those pictures were created and inspired. Instead the pictures were, in my opinion, mediocre and most of the text was about the photographer describing how they were chosen to do that particular shoot, with only a fairly brief commentary on how the shoot was achieved. This was also mostly very technical description (what make of light, reflector etc.) of the equipment used with relatively few practical hints or tips.

The copy I received looked like it had been sitting on a shelf for a good many years (and was returned for this reason).

It might be useful for professional photographers, or those who are into the industry jargon and technical aspect, but not much help if you want to learn how to take better photos.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Hebblewhite on 27 Feb. 2008
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Ideal book for any person looking into creating simple to complex studio sets, this book is packed full of techniques used by professional photographers on a commercial stance. The more complex settings can offer interesting technical information, which could be used for simpler projects; maybe a little daunting, but deserving of any professional/amateur photographer's book shelf (not for the novice).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Kerr on 27 Feb. 2009
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Being an avid pdn magazine reader I knew of Jack Neubart and his articles with the magazine, always a good read. This book and his later work dealing with Location photography by the same publisher are just a pleasure to read and the images contained in them are excellent, the description by each photographer of the thought processes behind the final images are very insightful. Just buy the book you'll not regret it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Beautiful 1 April 2006
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This book is, without question, one of the best how-to photography books I've ever read.

You get real world walk-throughs from some of the best product and advertising photographers in the business. Each page is a meal in itself. Projects are broken down and explained in short bite size one- or two-page chunks. This is perfect for digesting each project's results and techniques and trying them out on your own. Tips include all the technical details you want, such as lighting instruments used, camera settings, lenses, distances from lights to subject to camera and more.

As a director of photography for film and video projects over the last 15 years, I was inspired by the variety of styles and methods of working presented by the various photographers in this book. I'll take many of the lessons with me onto my next project.

This book will impress you with it's elegant layout, design, instruction and last, but not least, striking images.

Every photography instructional book should be as inspiring and usable as this masterpiece. A must have for every serious photographer and student of light.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
You can learn from the photos 16 Aug. 2007
By FredM - Published on
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Sort of a quandary here...if you're advanced enough in photography to be working with studio lighting, do you really need detailed, step-by-step instructions in lighting setups? It almost seems as if readers are expecting a beginners book that at the same time provides professional techniques.

That said, I will admit that the specifics are a bit lacking here, so if you do need a lot of hand-holding, you're better off with a different book. However, the illustrations are excellent, and you can learn a great deal just from Neubart's photos. If you're open to exposure to interesting lighting techniques, this book will surely add some valuable ideas to your repertoire.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but not an instruction manual 23 Feb. 2008
By Jesse W. Starks - Published on
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I'm an intermediate photographer and I bought this book looking to gain insight into studio lighting. I found that this book will appeal to commercial shooters and those looking to get their foot in the door. The work is amazing and I enjoyed the commentary provided by the professionals that took the shots. I never imagined the amount of thought and planning that goes into what appears to be a straight forward shot. Though it provides a few lighting diagrams, this is not a "how to" manual. Nor is it a people photography book. That said I believe the information useful for working with a wide range of subjects. It also provides insight into the equipment, challenges and (especially) the standards required to be successful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Nice book, but not a "core" manual in my opinion 12 Feb. 2009
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This book has some interesting ideas and some very cool setups, but it is not really for someone looking to learn and understand more about the technique of lighting. If you are looking for something to help with ideas for lighting in certain situations, this book is helpful. I also do not recommend this book to someone who does not have a lot of equipment at their disposal, as most of the setup require half a dozen lights and tons of other tools as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Great Survey Of Studio Lighting 15 July 2008
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The original review from [...]: This is one of those books that you open and think "hey, it's a food photography book" - because that's what the first chapter covers in detail. Beyond food, you'll find great stories and how-to about the creation of solid photography in the realms of product, fashion, jewelry, nature, thematic and automotive. I managed to glean great tips and insights from every chapter. A great value for the price.
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