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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: AMHERST MEDIA, INC. (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608957055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608957057
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

While Glenn Rand is best known as a photographic educator he has also produced, taught and written about photography, illustration and crafts. His photographs are in thirty public museum collections in the United States, Europe and Japan and he has exhibit widely. He has published and lectured extensively about photography and digital imaging ranging from commercial aesthetics to the technical fine points lighting. Glenn has authored eleven books including Teaching Photography (2006) The Portrait, (2009) Shaping Light (2013), and contributes regularly to various periodicals. Many of the books have been translated into Chinese, Korean and German language versions.
Glenn has taught and administered in public education, community colleges and universities since 1966. For the past three years he has been associated with Adrian College. In conjunction with these academic roles and consulting he has developed and reorganized several curricula for fine art photography, commercial photography, digital imaging and allied curricula.
He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts from Purdue University with a Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati centering on the Psychology of educational spaces with post-doctoral research as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan.
His consultant clients have included the Eastman Kodak Company, Ford Motor Company, Photo Marketing Association International, the Ministry of Education of Finland as well as many other businesses and several colleges.
Photographer, educator and author, Tim Meyer is passionate about the field of photography. Drawing from 30 years as a professional photographer, he brings experience and sustained energy to his work. Mixing our rich artistic heritage with today s modern styles, his images enlighten and inspire.
Tim possesses the Professional Photographers of America s coveted Masters and Craftsman Degrees, and earned an academic Master of Arts Degree and a Master of Fine Arts Degree, both in Fine Art Photography. In addition to numerous one-man exhibitions of his fine art work, his photography has been internationally recognized for its innovative style and technique.
He currently teaches full-time and serves as the Lead Portrait Instructor at Brooks Institute. His nationally acclaimed portrait and wedding studio, Meyer Photography, is managed by his partner in business and life, Dea Meyer.
Tim is honored to be sponsored by H&H Color Lab, Big Folio and Triple Scoop Music. He also speaks and teaches internationally for the MAC Group Pro Educational Team, representing, among others, Sekonic, Pocket Wizard, Profoto and Creative Light product lines.
Tim s writings on photography and art have been published internationally and his book, The Portrait - Understanding Portrait Photography, co-written with Glenn Rand and published by Rocky Nook, Inc., is available worldwide.
Tim's Credentials
Master of Fine Arts, Fine Art Photography, Brooks Institute
Master of Arts, Creative Photography, California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts, Communication, California State University, Fullerton
Master of Photography, Professional Photographers of America
Craftsman Degree, Professional Photographers of America
Certified Professional Photographer, Professional Photographers of America
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5.0 out of 5 stars ILLUMINATING BOOK on lighting 19 May 2014
By AlwaysReading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! Very helpful. I am familiar with the first author, Glenn Rand, who has written several books on photography. Having read two of his other books, I was not surprised that this one was just as informative and easy-to-read as the others.

Whether you’re a novice, intermediate, or advanced photographer, you will find Shaping Light beneficial. It effectively describes and explains key concepts relative to lighting. Although all the chapters are first-rate, I particularly enjoyed the chapters on “Specular Light,” “Diffused Light,” “Beam Modification,” “Diffuse Modifiers,” and “Fills, Non-fills, and Blocking.” Without question, the authors are quite knowledgeable and experienced.

My only criticism is that the models shown lack sufficient diversity. Few people of color are portrayed. The great majority of portraits are of younger, white women, most of whom are blond. Perhaps the next edition will make amends.

All in all, this is a terrific instructional work that will make me a better photographer. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for mastering principles and techniques of lighting 17 Jun. 2014
By Diogenes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether your lighting is natural or artificial, the key difference between an engaging photograph and one that merely describes is the quality of the lighting. Shaping Light is an excellent book for quickly grasping the principles and techniques for modifying light. The authors clearly explain the fundamental principles of lighting, before guiding the reader in the placement and direction of light beam modifications for creating a well-illuminated or more dramatic subject. This book is well designed to serve as both a text for mastering the material, as well as a reference book for quick consultation; for either purpose, it will be quite easy to use. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaping Light is Full of Good Info! 22 May 2014
By G. Horner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shaping light demystifies the use and effects of light in photography. This is great because it’s an area where there is a lot of fear and confusion, especially around the use of studio lights and modifiers. As a teacher of photography I’m so happy that Rand and Meyer put together a book that is easy to understand, full of useful information, and gives really good examples of what they are talking about. It’s a perfect compact guide one can use to learn about the tools used to “shape” and utilize light. I would like to use some of the information to create lighting assignments for my students. I plan on keeping a copy in my studio for reference during shoots. I have several books by Glenn Rand and once again, I am happy I own this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Options in Photographic Lighting Explained 20 May 2014
By Dr. Stanford D. Ullner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another fine book by the authors. This is written for those who want to further explore the lighting options available in photography. The book is a manual to that end and should be indispensable to fine image making.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They start out with the basic concepts of light and ... 12 April 2015
By SobasPhotos - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the most thorough book on light modifiers. They begin by explain the basic concepts governing light and the types of light available. Then each chapter focuses on a specific class of modifier. This would be a great book for a student or beginner photographer especially if it could be paired with a hands on class to see what the authors are talking about first hand. 

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