Creative Lighting Techniques for Studio Photographers

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Written for both the amateur and professional photographer, this book provides a full explanation of lighting by demonstrating professional techniques for tabletop, commercial, portrait, food, and automotive studio photography. Tips are given on how to analyze light quality, select the proper size light and distance between the subject and the light source, place light modifiers, and select and use a light meter. The book includes an explanation of more complex topics, such as how to set up backlighting, simulate...
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Overview

Written for both the amateur and professional photographer, this book provides a full explanation of lighting by demonstrating professional techniques for tabletop, commercial, portrait, food, and automotive studio photography. Tips are given on how to analyze light quality, select the proper size light and distance between the subject and the light source, place light modifiers, and select and use a light meter. The book includes an explanation of more complex topics, such as how to set up backlighting, simulate sunlight in the studio, and feather light. Descriptions of how to use specular light include lighting with specular light sources and controlling unwanted specular highlight on shiny surfaces. Also included are specialized techniques such as painting with light, use of softening filters, and suggestions for lighting subjects in motion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584280033
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Section 1 Fundamental Concepts 7
Contrast 7
Areas of Illumination 8
Confusion and Chaos 11
Diffused Value 14
Section 2 Forming with Shadow 17
Shadow 17
Glamour Lighting with a Dramatic Edge 19
A Panel Discussion 25
Shadow Edge Transfer 26
Size of Light Source 27
Distance of Light Source 29
Obstruction Distance 34
Try it Out 36
Motion of Source 39
Controlling Shadow Formation 42
Shadow Contrast 44
Distance of the Main Light to the Subject 46
Main Light Distance (to Subject) to Ambient Ratio 50
It's the Law: The Law of Perspective 53
Efficiency of Ambient Source 53
Distance of the Ambient Source to Subject 57
Simulated Sunlight 60
A Scary Thought 66
Section 3 Lighting with Specular Energy 67
Specular 67
Shooting Beer/Painting with Light 69
Light Painting 101 75
Specular Edge Transfer 78
Surface Efficiency 78
Depth of Field 80
Floating Sonys 80
Camera F-Stop 82
Incident Distance 83
Reflective Distance 84
Reproduction Size and Wrinkles 84
Motion of Source 86
Distance of Origin to Diffusion Source 88
Specular Contrast 93
Size of Light Source 93
Pre-Touching: Motion of Source to Soften Specular Edge Transfer 98
Big Red 99
Distance of Light Source to Subject 100
Surface Efficiency 103
Tonal Efficiency 110
Cutting Edge 111
Specular Gobo 116
Interrelationships 117
About the Author 120
Index 122
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