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The Complete Guide to Light & Lighting in Digital Photography (Complete Guides) Paperback – 23 Oct 2006
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A magnificent educational resource with the inclusion of
inspirational and perfectly lit photos, with easy tutorials. -- Digital Photographer Magazine, December 2006
This is a comprehensive guide to all the techniques and possibilities, from dealing with found lighting to constructing illumination from scratch. All the latest digital techniques are included, from in camera procedures to post-production, including complex digital lighting effects. It contains everything you need to know, from lighting a subject to making in-camera adjustments, through to post production and image-manipulation techniques.See all Product description
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I'd expected to be taught something about each of the different types of lighting, but too often it seemed only a recital of facts, without passing on learnings.
I kept being annoyed at the layout, as it was frequently non-intuitive to me (reminded me at times of trying to read an Anime/Manga book before you've learnt how they work!). And, worst of all, there are frequent typos, references to the wrong page numbers, missing illustrations, and even when showing several pages of the effect of a light on a head from different directions and with different reflectors, a lot of the captions are wrong! This made it pretty useless to me, as I could not be sure what the real result was for each variation of the lighting. And, when showing the same object/lighting against a black and then a white background, there was also a difference in the results because there was a completely different 'floor' for the object, which meant I couldn't tell whether a difference was due to the different background or different base colour, negating the whole excercise for me
All in all, so far I have found it to be a major disappointment, but I'll try going through it again, and if so will revisit this review with an update. I know that my current frustration with the mistakes in the book is making it difficult to be fully objective!
It is clear, concise, well written and well illustrated.
It's scope is very broad covering indoor, outdoor and studio situations. This may possibly mean in some areas it's not as comprehensive as other more specific books but as a starting point I think I would struggle to find a better book.
This book has a broad scope,covering all forms of natural and artificial
light,and then goes on to explain how to use these sources in various ways eg sharpening light,diffusing and enveloping light etc as well as the way daylight changes effect and characteristics between sunrise and sunset!
Great book.i'm glad i bought it.
also look at "photographing people" by rotovision and "light:science and magic" by Fil hunter.