Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting / Edition 2

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No matter how smart your digital camera is, its lighting is hit-or-miss at best. That's still a job for your eyes and brain. Lighting is worth the effort to learn well-there is no other skill that can improve your photography so much, so quickly. This is not your typical how-to book! This is a tried-and-true how to understand book. How to understand and predict the size of light, types of reflections, and the family of angles. Master these principles and you can shoot any portrait, any surface, anywhere!

With the third edition of Light-Science & Magic you will: Master shooting metal, glass, and portraiture, Learn how to make educated judgments about where to maintain detail (and losing it where the viewer will not notice) Save time with the post-production fixes given to common lighting problems. Styles of lighting continue to change, but the nature of light will always remain the same. Once you understand the basic physics of lighting your creative potential is endless!

About the Author:
Fil Hunter, has worked for such clients as US News & World Report, Time Life Books, and National Geographic

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.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240802756
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.66 (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

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 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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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