Creative Lighting Techniques for Studio Photographers

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This definitive guide to studio lighting explains and demonstrates universal lighting principles that help photographers think on their feet and master lighting theory and technique. Explained are essential concepts such as why light behaves the way it does and how to manipulate it to its best effect. Concrete, practical examples illustrate topics such as shooting light, dark, and reflective surfaces; mastering contrast control; modifying shadow formation to effectively shape mid- and light-colored objects; ...
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Overview


This definitive guide to studio lighting explains and demonstrates universal lighting principles that help photographers think on their feet and master lighting theory and technique. Explained are essential concepts such as why light behaves the way it does and how to manipulate it to its best effect. Concrete, practical examples illustrate topics such as shooting light, dark, and reflective surfaces; mastering contrast control; modifying shadow formation to effectively shape mid- and light-colored objects; creating definition in black objects; and using Photoshop to fine-tune subjects. Instruction is also provided on creating simulated sunlight, painting with light, using softening filters, and lighting subjects in motion. Compelling photographs and numerous lighting diagrams are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584280934
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.38 (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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