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Brilliant for advanced photographers
on 12 September 2011
This is a great resource book for advanced photographers. Like 'Lighting for Portrait Photography' by Steve Bavister it is a book of images accompanied by lighting diagrams but the lighting is much more interesting.
Perhaps not all the images will be to everyone's liking but knowing how to create the lighting effects will surely prove useful. I've been shooting with increasingly complex set-ups in the studio and I always want to find new ways to work. For a while I've been finding that too many photography books aim at beginners and don't really offer much beyond that. This is the first book that I've seen for ages that shows more ambitious and complex lighting ideas. It doesn't waste chapters droning on about gear so the bulk of the volume is useful. If you're coming to this book you know the difference between a beauty dish and an umbrella.
OK, some of the quotes from photographers are a bit pretentious but, frankly, I didn't really buy it for the text: you can use this book in seconds because of its visual design and that's what I like best about it.
It's far more interesting and educational that the majority of the portraiture books out there: let's face it, fashion portraiture is where it's happening creatively!