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A worthwhile text for those interested in studio photography
on 28 July 2002
A great book for people looking for inspirations for portrait photography work. It's the sort of book that wants you to reach for your camera and try a few set-ups out. Ideal for people like myself who have just completed a short studio/location course, and are comfortable with the basic principles, who want to adventure out from the run of the mill portrait lighting set-ups.
On a similar note, also a great book for teachers of photography, wanting to demonstrate a variety of portrait lighting set-ups, to their students.
Each full page photograph is accompanied by a page showing positions of lights / reflectors used, relative to the subject being photographed, along with brief technical info and a short description of the main aspects of the shot.
Equipment used ranges from the sun and single light sources, to multi studio flash head setups (10 in one instance). Lots of large polystyrene bounces being used so get down to your builder's for some sheets of polystyrene insulation material.
There's an equipment glossary at the start, which is useful if you aren't familier with basic studio lighting terminology.
I feel it's let down ever so slightly by the fact that although it gives exposure details for some of the shots, there is no indication of what power of light is being used, or an indication of the lighting ratios being used. Although a lot of this can be worked out by trial and error, I think it would useful to know beforehand whether or not four heads are really neccessary to wash out a simple background or seven softboxes to provide a soft front light.
A very worthwhile book to have if you are into portrait photography.