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A historic curiosity only,
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This review is from: Painting with Light (Paperback)
I think this book is overrated, it lacks significantly for anyone who wish to get hands on technique and get started, and is out dated on so many aspects that it is more a historic curiousity for those who wish to know how they did it back then:
First, the book was written when colour was just beginning to gain popularity in film, but the book fails to state that he wrote for B/W. There are huge differences in film, in particular colour. White balance nad colour temperature is left out, or fixed by adding gels and filters without further discussion.
Second, there is no connection between explained setups and examples where these are used. Most photos are in portrait rather than standard film format, and with the wide screen format you don't get an idea of how any particular lighting works across the entire scene. Most photos lack caption, and are of poor print quality, black is mostly grey and white is washed out - not the contrasty image you where looking for.
And then finally, Alton has his golden age with Film Noir known for low key black and white. It is clear that this is the style he mastered, and unfortunately not much else.
I don't know who this book is for, maybe those who like to study the history of film making.