The Complete Guide to Light

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Master the light and you master the photograph—that's the key idea in this hands-on guide to understanding and using lighting. Internationally known photographer Mark Cleghorn uses jargon-free language to explain exactly how light works—and how it can be manipulated—in the photographer's medium. Cleghorn covers such subjects as using natural and ambient light, maximizing the benefits of an on-camera flash, and applying innovative Photoshop techniques. To make things even easier, he provides photos and graphics of...

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Overview

Master the light and you master the photograph—that's the key idea in this hands-on guide to understanding and using lighting. Internationally known photographer Mark Cleghorn uses jargon-free language to explain exactly how light works—and how it can be manipulated—in the photographer's medium. Cleghorn covers such subjects as using natural and ambient light, maximizing the benefits of an on-camera flash, and applying innovative Photoshop techniques. To make things even easier, he provides photos and graphics of various lighting setups that demonstrate how the placement of equipment alters the final result.

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After 25 years as a portrait and wedding photographer, Cleghorn believes light is the key to all great photographic images. His jargon-free look at the basic principles of exposure, direction, quality, and color of light shows how to work effectively with ambient light and with on-camera flash, among other topics. Recommended, especially with the more theoretical and spiritual approach of Albert and Leslie Trainor Handell's Intuitive Light: An Emotional Approach To Capturing the Illusion of Value, Form, Color, and Space.


—Daniel Lombardo
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  • ISBN-13: 9781861085269
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Excellent guide.

    Mark Cleghorn takes a very technical look at achieving amazing lighting effects. Although it does use technical photographer lingo, the explanation and setup examples make it completely understandable. You will not be disappointed in this book and the results you receive will be exactly what you are looking for.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    A terrific guide

    This is a very good guide to photographic lighting. It uses real situations and simple setups. The author has covered all topics from all natural light to just studio lighting equipment as well as multiple subject types.

    The examples are well illustrated and easy to follow.

    The only negative is that it is written in the UK so there is some translation of terminology. For those with some lighting background you'll be able to figure out what they are talking about.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    Excellent!

    This book is wonderful for learning about the basic fundamental of photography - light. I'm just someone trying to improve my photography skills and I can't recommend this book enough to those of you out there trying to do the same thing!

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