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Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting Paperback – 8 Sep 2011
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"If you are a photographer of any type, especially on who does studio work, this is a must have reference." ? BC Books (May 2007)
"The first book on photographic lighting that is worth using as a text. Light - Science and Magic is about principles, not cheap tricks or the authors' portfolio."
-Pete Christman, Savannah College of Art and Design.
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About the Author
Fil Hunter is a highly respected commercial photographer specializing in still life and special effects photographs for advertising and editorial illustration. During a career spanning over three decades, he has worked for such clients as America Online, US News, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine (27 covers), the National Science Foundation, and National Geographic. He has taught photography at the university level and has served as technical consultant on a number of photographic publications. Mr. Hunter has won the Virginia Professional Photographer's Grand Photographic Award three times. He lives in Alexandria, VA.
Paul Fuqua, Virginia, USA, started his own audiovisual production company in 1970. Dedicated to teaching through visuals, he has written and produced educational and training material in a variety of fields, including law, science, and nature. His photography takes him all over the world, but he makes his home in Arlington, VA.
Steven Biver, Virginia, USA, Commercial photographer, former clients include Adobe, Mobil, Newsweek, Black and Decker
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It is called "An introduction..." but that under-sells it. Really it is everything that you need to know but explained so simply that anyone can understand it. It has excellent illustrations. I am a chartered Illuminating Engineer of over 40 years experience and the book is technically spot on. Above all, it is fun to read.
If you are a keen photographer, buy this book. It does not matter whether you use natural light, available light, artificail lighting , studio lighting or flash, this book will enable you to get the best results.
It covers items that are tricky to light such as glass and highly reflective objects but it goes into the technical side of things enough so that you feel, going forward, you've learnt enough to tackle pretty much any problem you may come across lighting wise. It has really helped me get to grips with certain lighting scenarios and begin to understand what's actually going on thus enabling me to create the effect I had envisioned.
At the heart of it all is a set of fairly simple principles which the book does a good job of expressing with clarity and without over complicating matters. Things like the family of angles, the inverse square law, how polarised light can be used to your advantage plus other ideas are well covered. In isolation any one of these principles is pretty easy to deal with but the book also pushes on and gives examples of how these principles interact and thus gives good insights into coming up with a technically sound lighting solution for a complex scene.
Everything is covered from small product photography, metal, glass, people (portraits) to still life.
The examples in the book are workman-like and are not focused on wowing us with creative genius but what they do do very well is illustrate the principles and give the reader / photographer a great tool box to draw upon when attempting to light scenes. The writing itself is very accessible and would suit anyone from a pretty much rank beginner level to advanced amateurs to less experienced pro photogrpahers - it is an 'introductory' book after all but it's pitched exactly right.
Well recommended !
This book explains photographic lighting in a simple, easy to understand way. There's a little bit of science - things like family of angles and the relative size of light sources etc, but nothing that requires the intellect of Einstein to understand. By incorporating that little bit of science and applying a little creative thinking, you can create a whole lot of magic.
The book takes a very stepwise approach, starting from very simplistic lighting and progressing to more complex scenarios, all the while providing detailed explanations and diagrams of the lighting setups and clear colour photos of the results.
Whether you're a beginner, or an experienced photographer venturing into the realms of multi-light setups, there's a lot to learn from this book.
Everything is presented in a straightforward, jargon free way that makes this book a very easy going and enjoyable read.
Whether you want to do product photography, portraits, or any kind of available light photography, this is one text you shouldn't be without.
Never fail to go back to this book over and over again when i feel myself becoming set in my lighting ways, or maybe letting bad habits creep in.
This book should be read by all wanna be photographers, whether the want to use artificial light or not. Photographers use light and this book is THE way to understand it.
I'm a professional photographer and always looking to improve my game and get new ideas for shoots.
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