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The Best of Photographic Lighting: Techniques and Images for Digital Photographers / Edition 1
     

The Best of Photographic Lighting: Techniques and Images for Digital Photographers / Edition 1

by Bill Hurter
 

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ISBN-10: 1584282177

ISBN-13: 9781584282174

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated

Bill Hurter explains the characteristics of light—both natural and artificial—in this in-depth guide. Fully exploring color balance, exposure, and light ratios, the handbook expands on skills learned in the studio to explain how to harness the beauty of less predictable lighting situations, like those shot outdoors or on location. Packed with tips from

Overview

Bill Hurter explains the characteristics of light—both natural and artificial—in this in-depth guide. Fully exploring color balance, exposure, and light ratios, the handbook expands on skills learned in the studio to explain how to harness the beauty of less predictable lighting situations, like those shot outdoors or on location. Packed with tips from more than 30 top professionals on wedding, portrait, and commercial photography, this resource is sure to both educate and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584282174
Publisher:
Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.67(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Simplicity is Essential9
1The Science of Light11
What is Light?11
Photons12
White Light12
The Behavior of Light12
Reflection13
Scattering13
Refraction13
Absorption15
Light Intensity15
The Color of Light17
Color Balance20
2Lighting Basics21
Two Primary Lights21
Key Light21
Fill Light21
Size of the Light21
Lighting Ratios24
Determining Lighting Ratios24
Lighting Ratios and Their Unique Personalities26
Metering27
3Studio Lighting28
Studio Strobe Systems28
Monolights28
Power-Pack Systems29
What to Look For30
Power30
Flash Duration30
Recycle Times30
Modeling Lights30
Color Temperature30
Fan-Cooled Generator30
Multi-Voltage Capability30
Computer Control30
Open-Flash Function30
Head and Accessories30
Types of Studio Strobes and Accessories30
Barebulb30
Barn Doors31
Diffusers31
Flats31
Gobos32
Grid Spots32
Mirrors32
Reflectors37
Parabolic Reflectors37
Scrims39
Snoots39
Softboxes39
Strip Light40
Spotlights40
Umbrellas40
Umbrellas, Shoot-Through40
The Perfect Fill42
Refltect Light Values44
Specular Lightlights44
Diffused Highlights44
Shadow Values44
Tabletop Lighting45
Light Tents46
4Basic Portrait Lighting48
Basic Portrait Lights48
Key and Fill Lights48
Hair Light51
Background Light51
Kicker Lights51
Broad and Short Lighting51
The Five Basic Portrait-Lighting Setups52
Paramount Lighting52
Key Light52
Fill Light52
Hair Light52
Background Light52
Loop Lighting54
Key Light54
Fill Light54
Hair and Background Lights54
Rembrandt Lighting54
Key Light55
Fill and Hair Lights55
Background and Kicker Lights55
Split Lighting55
Key Light56
Other Lights56
Profile Lighting56
Key Light56
Fill Light56
Hair and Background Light57
The Fine Points57
Overlighting57
Key-Light Distance57
Fill-Light Distance57
Multiple Catchlights58
Setting the Lights58
Background Light58
Hair Light61
Fill Light61
Key Light61
Fuzzy Duenkel's One-, Two-, and Three-Light Setups61
One-Light Setup61
Two-Light Setup64
Three-Light Setup64
Favorite Lighting Setups64
Bill McIntosh65
Monte Zucker65
Stacy Bratton67
Larry Peters68
Vicki Taufer68
5Indoor Location Lighting70
Continuous vs. Instantaneous Light Sources70
Lighting Groups71
Types of Lights71
Even Lighting72
Light Positions72
Feathering72
Focus72
Window Light72
Advantages72
Challenges73
Direction and Time of Day73
Subject Placement74
Metering74
Fill Light77
Fill Cards77
Room Lights77
Bounce Flash77
Custom White Balance78
Diffusing Window Light78
Mastering One Light79
Handheld Video Lights80
Diffused "Straight" Flash82
Bounce Flash82
Bounce-Flash Accessories83
Bounce Flash Exposure83
Multiple Lights84
Remote Triggering Devices84
Bill McIntosh: Multiple Strobes on Location84
Gene Martin: Combining Light Sources on Location86
Extending Depth of Field88
Reciprocity Failure88
Multiple Strobe Pops89
Painting With Light89
6Outdoor Lighting90
Finning the Right Light91
Shade91
Working at Midday92
After Sunset95
Controlling the Background96
Depth of Filed and Diffusion96
Retouching96
Subject-to-Background Distance96
Separation96
Reflectors98
Positioning98
Natural Reflectors100
Fuzzy Duenkel: Multi-Purpose Reflectors100
Subtractive Lighting101
Too-Diffuse Light101
Overhead Light101
Diffusion Screens102
Spotty Light102
Direct Sunlight102
Backlighting102
Metering104
Flash Techniques104
Barebulb Fill104
Softbox Fill105
TTL Fill105
X-Sync Speeds106
Metering and Exposure106
Flash-Fill with Studio Strobes106
Saturating Backgrounds106
Flash Key107
Flash Key on Overcast Days107
Flash Fill with Direct Sunlight108
Cool Skin Tones108
Low-Angle Sunlight109
Fuzzy Duenkel: Garage Light111
Painting with Light Outdoors111
The Photographers112
Glossary117
Index121

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