Light, Shadow & Skin Tone: The Complete Guide to Shooting Black & White Glamour Photography Both Digitally and on Film

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In this groundbreaking new book, Bill Lemon explores the art of shooting black and white glamour photography. The book details the similarities and differences between digital photography and traditional film and provides numerous artistic, visual examples of each. Also covered is the post-production process for digital photography, with complete step-by-step instructions for effectively converting color images to black and white while maintaining depth, detail, and clarity to ...

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Overview

In this groundbreaking new book, Bill Lemon explores the art of shooting black and white glamour photography. The book details the similarities and differences between digital photography and traditional film and provides numerous artistic, visual examples of each. Also covered is the post-production process for digital photography, with complete step-by-step instructions for effectively converting color images to black and white while maintaining depth, detail, and clarity to create a captivating image.

Featuring both studio and outdoor settings, Light, Shadow, and Skin Tone explains, image by image, how each photo was created. Lemon discusses the equipment used, the type of light, fill flash, exposures, as well as the time of day that produces the best image and how to use the light to your advantage. Also included are hints on posing and working with models. 

The step-by-step, image-by-image information contained in this book is highly enjoyable, whether you are interested in learning the process or simply want to gaze at breathtaking, tasteful artwork. 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601383907
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Helpful for artists too

    I have a good amount of experience with drawing, so I understand the importance of tones and shading when creating images. The texture, the smoothness of the skin and the depth are dependant on the differences between tonal values. The importance of contrast and tone was brought up quickly by Bill Lemon, a famous nude glamour photographer and author of Light, Shadow & Skin Tone. Lemon quickly covered the essentials of black and white photography, the proper camera equipment, finding and communicating with the model, studio equipment and the location of the photo shoot.

    Given the visual nature of the topic, Lemon included several examples of his photos. The photos contained in Light were what you call artistic nudes. The photographs are very tastefully presented, though still very nude. However, those worried about seeing vulgar images can relax. Nothing about these images was provocative. After giving photographers the basics, Lemon showed example after example of photographs with different elements, different settings and different lighting. After each image, Lemon covered two or three areas of focus. Topics included clothing, expression, pose, communication, setting, shades of grey, black, etc. He also included the camera he used and the specifications. This type of organization felt very effective, allowing readers to see exactly what he was trying to teach them. Each section also includes a hint that provides added instruction to photographers. This format does not change throughout the course of this lengthy book.

    I would recommend this book to anyone involved in any form of visual arts. This book gives a lot of advice on tones and poses which can be helpful to anyone who wishes to create images of human subjects. Even if you are interested in photographing or drawing clothed figures, the anatomy of a subject must be understood before clothes can be realistically drawn on the figure. Also, this guide provides sound advice on choosing locations that can be beneficial to anyone working in a visual art medium.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    The Best Nude Photography Book Around

    I really enjoyed reading this book, even though I have never been very interested in photography. I love the way the pictures accompany many of the explanations for things and then he gives the reader page numbers where he will go into deeper talk about the subject. Even the accompanying images make this book an easy read for even audiences that are not professional photographers. But to make this book better for those who are actual photographers, he includes things such as the Lens, the F-stop, the Camera, the Shutter Speed, and the Mode that each photo is taken with.
    I think it is very important to notice how he continues to show that even his photos have flaws, but the takes the time to tell that there is a reason for why he makes certain decisions. Showing that all photos are not perfect and can be shot in many different ways allows photography to have even more of an "original touch". Also, pointing out his flaws can alert other photographers of what to watch out for when they are taking pictures.
    It is great that when Mr. Lemon gives the reader a suggestion, he also follows it up with steps of how to accomplish this. For example, on page 66 he tells that he prefers to change digital pictures into black and white using the Gorman/Holbert method and then goes on to tell exactly how to use this method with his own advice. He takes the time to make very complicated photo software, much easier for the average user. There is a lot of great information within this book and Mr. Lemon takes the time to explain everything that he undergoes when taking these pictures. It almost feels like you've spent a day shadowing him and he has personally taught you all of the techniques he uses.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    One of the Best Books on Nude Portrait Photography This Year.

    Photographing nudes is literally an art in and of itself, and in Light, Shadow and Skin Tone, Bill Lemon has created a virtual masterpiece of technique that will serve as inspiration to both novice and expert alike. Tackling one of the most difficult elements in digital, the art of the black and white portrait, Lemon lays out a skillful and viscerally gorgeous portfolio of offerings with clear steps in how to master lighting, technique and composition.

    And Lemon is clearly a master of his game. Featuring informative and concise advice on everything from the use of space, texture and negative shape to how to find good models, there's something for everyone regardless of proficiency. What makes this book really stand out, however, is the widespread gamut of shots coupled with Lemon's commentary on what he thought especially worked for the photograph, as well as detailed camera settings so that you can recreate your own version. Tips and hints are offered liberally, ranging from the not-so-subtly obvious to the 'Why didn't I think of that!' forehead slapper.

    Highlights include converting color photos to black and white, and Lemon includes a step by step breakdown of the Gorman/Holbert method in order to obtain the best results, specifically outlining what works and what does not when converting color to b/w, as well as footnotes on several filters available and the effects that can be gained with each one.

    A great guide for anyone interested in photographing B/W nudes, Lemon's treatment of his subject is as masterful as his ability to break down information into layman's terms, without losing the audience of the practiced and seasoned photographer as well.

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