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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (14 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240515498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240515496
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,728,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is fantastic! ...The terminology is easy to understand and techniques are explained in a "no nonsense" format. Excellent for beginners to intermediate photographers. I have had this book for a few months now and through practising and completing the revision exercises, I have a better understanding of the techniques used for photographic lighting situations - location and studio.'
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About the Author

John Child lectures in photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia - the leading photography course in the southern hemisphere. He has worked for many years as a professional photographer, with clients including Ford, Singapore Airlines, American Express and British Airways.
Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

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If you want to learn more about light, then this book is a good start. It covers a range of lighting techniques including the use of natural light, flash and studio lighting, continuous (tungsten) light, and how to modify light (with a soft box, umbrella etc.)
It also discusses film and how it responds to light, the use of a light meter and so on.
To conclude, the book is a good concise reference to the general topic of light and lighting. It's easy to read and very accessible. Well worth the money!
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It's a nice book for beginners, but for its price could have gone more in depth. A lot of nice photos, but almost all of them without any explanation about the decision the photographer made, and the situation it started from. This way they tell you "See how good I am", but they don't teach too much.
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My photography tutor recommended this book and I have found it very useful. It provides a solid foundation for understanding both studio and natural lighting. It doesn't go into detail about lighting set-ups such as Rembrandt or Paramount lighting, but it explains contrast, diffusion, etc. in a style that is very easy to read.
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HASH(0x8ca87e6c) out of 5 stars Good for very general and basic information. 29 Jun. 2001
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This is not a good book if you want in-depth information on the subject of lighting. However, it does give a nice overview of the major areas of photographic lighting. Unfortunately, it leaves the reader wanting more information and further explanations. I felt this book was a good read for a novice photographer, but not someone who knows the basics, but wants a more in-depth view of the broader categories of lighting.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d29e4d4) out of 5 stars Essential Skills - Photographic Lighting 16 Jun. 2000
By Robert Wyld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic! It covers all aspects of photographic lighting from film, filters, exposure, compensation, zone system to creative techniques. The terminology is easy to understand and techniques explained in a "no nonsense" format. Excellent for beginners to intermediate photographers.
I have had this book for a few months now and through practicing and completing the revision exercises, I have a better understanding of the techniques used for photograhic lighting situations - location and studio (lighting ratios etc)
I hope they publish many more books like this one.
Thanks Amazon.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d7f88b8) out of 5 stars what type of photographer are you? 2 Sept. 2002
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I think the question is whether you are an advanced amateur or pro photographer already-someone who is looking for advanced diagrams, etc. on studio setups, etc. That is NOT the type of book this is. For someone-such as myself-who is self-taught and trying to learn or solidfy an understanding of lighting, this book is an excellent tool. It does include exercises, but by no means do they take up the bulk of the text. Most of the text is lean, clear writing that helps you understand the characteristics and behavior of light, some different choices you have for lighting, etc. As such, the book very much fills a niche for a certain audience because unlike other books, this one attempts to teach the foundations of photographic lighting. And it does that job well.
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HASH(0x8de1a6e4) out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 10 July 2002
By Daniel Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I regret buying this. Its partly my fault for not reading more reviews. Its also partly the problem with buying on line. In a book store had I looked at this book I would have seen that is merely a lesson plan for teachers with out an idea. The book offers almost no information. Instead the premise is that the 'student' should go out and do the exercises. In other words, learn it by yourself.
Perhaps if you are a teacher without an idea you could use this for lesson plans. The authors are an example of university teachers who publish garbage to appear to advance their status on campus. Otherwise this book is useless.
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