Christopher Grey's Vintage Lighting: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Portrait Lighting Techniques from 1910 to 1970

Christopher Grey's Vintage Lighting: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Portrait Lighting Techniques from 1910 to 1970

by Christopher Grey


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With examples from the north light portraits of the earliest days of photography to the street portrait shots of the swinging 1960s, this handbook walks photographers through every step of creating images that evoke the iconic looks of years past. Several shoots designed to emulate each of the styles—including classic Hollywood lighting, pinup, and the action portrait of the 1950s—are laid out to illustrate the lighting techniques used to create each specific look and how the techniques changed from era to era. Strategies for adapting modern equipment to create vintage looks are provided, as is the use of classic style elements from each fashion epoch to produce vintage twists in modern-looking portraits. In addition, this guide includes an overview of Photoshop techniques that are designed to further enhance the historic period feel of digitally created images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608952212
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Christopher Grey is the author of numerous photography guidebooks, including "Christopher Grey's Studio Lighting Techniques for Photography," "Creative Techniques for Nude Photography," "Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers," and "Photographer's Guide to Polaroid Transfer." He is a frequent speaker for Polaroid and a photography workshop instructor for VisionQuest. He is a three-time winner of the Nikon Certificate of Excellence and has received "Photo Design" magazine's Gold Award for stock photography. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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"Each chapter is almost like a tip in a tip book, except that rather then tell you what to do without providing understanding, the author explores each subject in great detail."  — on Christopher Grey's Studio Lighting Techniques for Photography

"This book will provide insights and techniques on controlling light effectively for more flattering, creative portraits."  —PC Photo on Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers

"Grey . . . explains how to create period backgrounds with green-screen technology and add film grain, toning, and other effects, and gives wardrobe and styling tips." — (October 2011)

"For portrait photographers, this book delivers highly specialized and novel instruction to provide that edge over competitors. It may also be of interest to historians, movie producers and theatre directors." —Portland Book Review

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Christopher Grey's Vintage Lighting: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Portrait Lighting Techniques from 1910 to 1970 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the images from old movies especially those from the 1930's and 40's. This book shows me how I can get those looks in my own photography work. Christopher Grey explains decade by decade the styles being used by the professionals at that time and how to recreate them using our modern equipment. I would definitely recommend reading this if you are interested in the old hollywood look or even up through the 1960's. It could have used a few more diagrams for the images created but all around a great book.
SnarfyG More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that covers a unique subject at a very opportune time (with shows like "Mad Men" being all the rage). I really enjoy Grey's description in the second half of the book about Photoshop techniques with masking and the use of the channel mixer with creating black and white images. Some of the period portraits are more convincing than the others. Periods from 1910 - 1940 are much more believable, especially using black and white and dramatic lighting which signify earlier times before strobe lights. 1950 and on have styles that are less differentiated from present-day techniques and technology. All-in-all, this is a useful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago