Softbox Lighting Techniques: For Professional Photographers

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Softboxes—specialized photographic lighting devices that produce a flattering and soft, low-contrast look—are the main focus of this resource for photographers. Professional and amateur photographers alike will be able to apply the thorough explanations on the simple, yet highly effective, light- and shadow-altering methodologies found in this guidebook to any subject matter in portrait, fashion, and editorial images. Additional chapters cover the use of softboxes in partnership with other light sources, including sunlight and various types of studio lighting treatments.
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"Dantzig has done his research and used excellent photographs to illustrate his points."  —Rangefinder

Dantzig has done his research and used excellent photographs to illustrate his points.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584282020
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 1,531,612
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen A. Dantzig is an internationally renowned lighting expert and the author of "Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography" and "Master Lighting for Outdoor & Location Digital Portrait Photography." He is a frequent contributor to "Rangefinder," and his more than 30 lessons on photographic lighting and ethics have appeared in "Professional Photographer," "PCPhoto," and "Studio Photography" and on He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     5
Foreword     7
Preface     9
Introduction     11
The Characteristics of Light     22
Quantity of Light     22
Quality of Light     26
Color Temperature     28
The Additive Nature of Light     29
Introduction to Softboxes     31
How They Work     31
Why Use Them?     32
How to Use Them     32
Size Matters     37
Halos     39
StripDomes     42
Scrims     45
Circlemasks     45
Louvers     45
StripMasks     47
Parabolic Reflectors     48
Grids     49
Reflectors     49
Using Softboxes and Accessories     50
Portraits     50
Fashion and Glamour Images     58
Combining Light Sources     72
Glamour Photography     86
Advanced Topics     93
Beauty Lighting     93
Playing with Color Temperature     98
Other Applications: Products and Interiors     99
Lighting on Location     105
Index     123
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    The conversion of this book to an E-book leaves a lot to be desi

    The conversion of this book to an E-book leaves a lot to be desired.  The pictures and graphs are very small and I can
    not enlarge them on my nook HD.  The pictures are smaller than my thumb and one of the charts was illegible.  Converting to an e-book has thrown all the text references off. 
    I'll be reading on page20 and be getting references to pages 60 and 61.  If you are considering this you should probably spend the extra money and get a hard paper book.

    The content is adequate.  I'm a casual photographer and could understand it fairly easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Photography by Stephen Dantzig

    Great book. I like his style and techniques. Simple and easy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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