Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

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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!

*New four color art package with contemporary lighting examples
*Based on the behaviour of light
*Theory book for serious photographers

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

Library Journal
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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An guide to high-quality, studio-style lighting written by professionals in the field. The guide introduces a logical theory of photographic lighting that teaches beginning photographers to predict results for setting up lights. Provides comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow individual photographers to use lighting to express their own creativity. Photos and illustrations provide examples of the theories delineated within the text. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136091650
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/21/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 940,964
  • File size: 12 MB
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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

Preface
Ch. 1 How to Learn Lighting 1
Ch. 2 Light: The Raw Material of Photography 9
Ch. 3 The Management of Reflection and the Family of Angles 25
Ch. 4 Surface Appearances 45
Ch. 5 Revealing Shape and Contour 74
Ch. 6 Metal 106
Ch. 7 The Case of the Disappearing Glass 142
Ch. 8 An Arsenal of Lights 176
Ch. 9 The Extremes 210
Ch. 10 Traveling Light 256
App. 1 Let There Be Light 286
App. 2 The Complete Toolbox 312
Index 339
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    Super text on the behaviour of light!

    As an amateur photographer this book is indispensible to me in really learning more about how light works with regards to photography! Best book I've found on the subject - and I've looked/owned a bunch of them! Highly recommended!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    The Best Book On Studio Lighting Fundamentals

    This is NOT a book with a bunch of recipes for lighting specific subjects. <P>Instead, this is a book on what photographers really need to know to effectively light just about anything in the studio. <p>This book talks about types of reflections and the nature of reflected light. You will learn how to light people, very reflective metal, transparent glass, and and various combinations. <p>I am a professional photographer and this book gave me a better foundation on WHY to light things a particular way. I feel much more confident in my lighting skills and I think my work has improved. (If only someone would write a similar book on how to get clients to pay faster!) <p>The book flows from simple to complex in a very logical and easy to follow way. There are plenty of relevent diagrams and example photos too. <p>If you do any studio work with artificial lighting this is the very next book you should by.

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