Stoppees' Guide to Photography and Light: What Digital Photographers, Illustrators, and Creative Professionals Must Know

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Brian & Janet Stoppee have incorporated their decades of daily, hands-on expertise at image-making plus their leading seminars and one-on-one training into the most comprehensive guide to photographic lighting available!

It's impossible to be successful in photography without a mastery of light. It's the basis of all things photographic. The Stoppees welcome the reader into their professional world with a conversational tone that makes you feel as if you are a member of their team in pre-production planning, out on a shoot, or back at their studio, in post-production. They've packed the book with full color, vibrant images and lighting diagrams that make the technology easy to quickly understand. This compendium of professional know-how shows you how to both manipulate nature's light and create natural-looking illumination with artificial light sources. Whether you're a professional photographer, you use photography in your profession, or you just want your images to look more professional, this book is your resource to creating far superior digital images.

You'll gain a greater understanding of:
.Light's Properties
.Digital Exposure
.Adobe Camera Raw
.Light Modifying Tools
.Support Systems
.Daylight Fluorescent
.Wireless Battery Flash
.Digital Studio Flash
.Digital Tablets
.Professional Printing
...and much more, just like the world's top image-makers.

The Stoppees' darkroom is all digital, so without this guide to photography and light, you'll be left in the dark ages!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
*"This new book by Brian and Janet Stoppee is a must read from cover to cover. The technical content is easy to understand and the images and illustrations are in a league of their own. Certainly a must have for image-makers at any level." — Tom Waltz, Wescott

*"Brian and Janet, you light up our world! You have successfully put on paper what you know and love. Image-makers from yesterday, today and tomorrow will benefit from your passion and expertise." — Eileen Healy, Chimera

*"Written by photographers full of passion for their craft, Stoppees' Guide to Photography & Light takes the reader from photo basics through choosing the right lens, monitor color calibration, lighting and lighting controls in a variety of situations and more. This book is a comprehensive guide to studio and location photography, truly one of the best books of its kind." — Mike Milli, Omegasatter, Manufacturer of Novatron

*"The quality of the image, regardless of the medium is the direct result of the image-maker and his or her knowledge. Photography and Light is a book of knowledge for anyone seriously interested in producing the very best product. The author incorporates current, contemporary equipment with a fresh and new approach to explaining the reasons and the results." — Ed Phillips, Matthews Studio Equipment

*"A fantastic tool for enhancing knowledge beyond traditional lighting. — Joel Svendsen, Photo, Film and Video Market Manager at Rosco Laboratories

*" invaluable resource for anyone who is serious about digital photography and printing. It avoids the 'geek speak' that proliferate so many other books on the subject, and provides common sense tips that help get the most from your camera and printer. I will certainly be recommending it to all our customers." — Tony Martin, President of INK2IMAGE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240810638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/24/2008
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 739,161
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian & Janet Stoppee own M2 Media Studios, Inc., based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, west of Washington, DC. Before buying a few rural acres, they owned studios in Richmond, Virginia and New York City.

Brian has his bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University, where he studied lighting and theatre design while doing photography, advertising, public relations, and producing shows for the Sloan Fine Arts Center. He majored in fine arts and minored in communications.

Janet has her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Visual Communications where she studied advertising, photography, and illustration with some of the advertising community's finest.

They've been using computers long before the Macintosh was introduced and had version 1.0 of many of the software applications that have become a mainstay of image-making production.

Brian's first book, "The Photographer's Guide to Using Light” has sold over 90,000 copies. With illustrations by Janet, it was the first project they worked on together.

In 1995 they pioneered weather and the environment in the web and on the air at NBC, in Washington.

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Table of Contents

The Color of Light; Digital Exposure & Optics; Measuring Light & Color; Light, Color, & Use; Preproduction Smarts; Raw Files & Films; Ambient Light; Man-Made Modifiers; Creative Support & Safety; Daylight Fluorescent; HMI; Wireless Battery Flash; Digital Studio Flash; Mixed Light; Essential Tablet Tools; The Light of Photoshop; The Light of Painter; Light & Exhibits

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

    A valuable resource for any photographer

    Stoppees' Guide to Photography & Light. is a valuable resource for photographers at any experience level. Filled with practical examples, it encourages me to experiment and improve my technique. I like the book's format, with short "chapters" that are easy on the eyes. And, when I've got a question, I can find the answer quickly. A must have!!!!!

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Largely specific to Nikon cameras

    Overall this book is okay and it has some good general information. It is, however, very specific to Nikon cameras down to details such as the different Nikon lenses and what the functions of a pro level Nikon SLR are. Unfortuantely if you own any other brand of camera you almost feel as if you bought yourself an advertisement for a competitors product.

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