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Overview

An amazing (and some would say magical) resource on photographic lighting that has been talked about in the community and recommended for years. This highly respected guide has been thoroughly updated and revised for content and design - it is now produced in full color! It introduces a logical theory of photographic lighting so if you are starting out in photography you will learn how to predict results before setting up lights. This is not primarily a how-to book with only set examples for you to copy. Rather, Light: Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow you to use lighting to express your own creativity.

Numerous photographs and illustrations provide clear examples of the theories, while sidebars highlight special lighting questions. Expanded chapters on available light in portraiture, as well as new information on digital equipment and terminology make this a must have update!

Audience: Academic photography and lighting courses; trade potential in both still and motion picture/video photography markets; specialty accounts with lighting distributors, Lighting Dimensions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There truly is a lot to like about Light: Science and magic. First, it is the most complete reference to lighting that I have seen. Second, the authors, while assuming that you know little about lighting, present the topic in a nondemeaning manor, and advance the topic very quickly." -BC Books (May 2007)

"'This is the first book I have seen on photographic lighting that is worth using as a text. Light-Science and Magic is about principles, not cheap tricks or the authors' portfolio. Thanks."—-Pete Christman, Savannah College of Art and Design.

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This is a practical text for photographers (student or working pro) who need to solve a lighting problem. The exercises use minimal equipment and are based on studio still lifes; once understood, the principles can be used anywhere. By controlling the size of the light source, the type of reflection, and the family of angles of the reflections, the photographer can get the results he wants. Step-by-step examples include lighting glass, metal, shiny, black on black, and white on white subjects. Film range vis-a-vis shadows and highlights and the problems of mixed fluorescent and tungsten lighting are discussed, as are different types of studio lights. Illustrations are well placed and helpful. Recommended.-- Rona Mosler, Hackettstown P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240808192
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/21/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Biver, Virginia, USA, Commercial photographer, former clients include Adobe, Mobil, Newsweek, Black and Decker Paul Fuqua, Virginia, USA, started his own audiovisual production company in 1970. Dedicated to teaching through visuals, he has written and produced educational and training material in a variety of fields, including law, science, and nature. His photography takes him all over the world, but he makes his home in Arlington, VA.
Fil Hunter is a highly respected commercial photographer specializing in still life and special effects photographs for advertising and editorial illustration. During a career spanning over three decades, he has worked for such clients as America Online, US News, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine (27 covers), the National Science Foundation, and National Geographic. He has taught photography at the university level and has served as technical consultant on a number of photographic publications. Mr. Hunter has won the Virginia Professional Photographer's Grand Photographic Award three times. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

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Table of Contents

How to Learn Lighting; Light, The Raw Material of Photography; The Management of Reflection and the Family of Angles; Surface Appearances; Revealing Shape and Contour; Metal; The Case of the Disappearing Glass; An Arsenal of Lights; The Extremes; Traveling Light; Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Light will never be the same.

    Great book for semi-professional and professional photographers. Students could learn much. But you have to be open to the fact you may not have put all the parts together that this book does. I will never think of light and photography in the same way now. Definitely one to get. Does not matter if you shoot digital or film. The information is applicable for ALL photography.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    the thing I needed when i started shooting with studio lights at home

    I am a beginner with some experience - on trial and error base. This book gave me deeper understanding of light and the way one can manage the light. Good examples, understandable language, improves skills if you follow the examples.

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