Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers / Edition 1

Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers / Edition 1

by Christopher Grey
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Amherst Media, Incorporated

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Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers / Edition 1

Time-tested lighting strategies that will improve the quality of a portrait are detailed in this book for beginning photographers. Terminology used by industry pros is explained, the equipment needed to create professional results is outlined, and the unique role that each element of the lighting setup plays in the studio is explored. Photographers learn how color, direction, form, and contrast affect the final portrait. The concise text, photo examples, and lighting diagrams enable photographers to easily achieve traditional lighting styles that have been the basis of good portraiture since the advent of the art.

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ISBN-13: 9781584281252
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

About the Author

The Importance of Portraiture
Markets for Portraiture
Before We Begin
sidebar: Note to Readers


1. The Nature of Light
The Physics of Light
Electromagnetic Spectrum
The Properties of Light

2. Professional Lighting Equipment
sidebar: The Arc of Equal Distance
Fill Light
Kicker Lights
Background Lights
Light Types
A Word of Caution
Light Modifiers
Other Modifiers
More Jargon

3. Light Ratios
The Key-to-Shadow Ratio
The Highlight-to-Key Ratio
The Highlight-to-Key-to-Shadow Ratio
Correct Metering Techniques
sidebar: Silver versus Digital

4. Basic Lighting
Planning and Progress
sidebar: Noses
Broad Light
Two Lights and Fill
Short Lighting
Building a Portrait with Short Light

5. Classic Lighting Styles
Loop Lighting
Closed-Loop Lighting
Rembrandt Lighting
One-Light Rembrandt Light
One-Light Rembrandt Build
Second Remrandt Build
Side Lighting
Building a Side-Lit Portrait
A Second Side-Lit Build
Butterfly/Dietrich/Paramount Lighting
Building a Butterfly-Light Portrait
sidebar: Flare with Bare Bulb

Part 2.
Portrait Lighting In Practice

6. A Versatile Portrait Lighting Setup
sidebar: Using Modifiers

7. Basic Light for Business Portraiture

8. Finding Boundaries

9. A Hair Light for Every Occasion

10. Closing the Pupil

11. Backgrounds
sidebar: Complementary Colors

12. Headshots

13. Portraits with Minimal Depth of Field
sidebar: Sync Speed
Adding Drama

14. Headshots for Publicity

15. Applying Makeup

16. Editorial Portraiture

17. Working with Falloff

18. High-Key Lighting
sidebar: High-Key Never Dies

19. Low-Key Lighting

20. One-Light Glamour

21. The Bookend Bounce

22. Portraits with Flare

23. Working with the Profile

24. Location Photography

25. White Balance
sidebar: Location Checklist

26. The Beauty of Overexposure

27. Bridal Portrait

28. Fashion Light
sidebar: High ISOs

29. Mixing Color Temperatures and Presets
sidebar: Correction

30. Gentle Light

31. Get in Tight

32. The “Hollywood” Portrait

33. The Intimate Portrait

34. Light on Light: The Double Key

35. North Light

35. Simulating Sunlight

36. Working with Candles

37. Underlighting for Glamour


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Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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CoreyAllen More than 1 year ago
Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers by Christopher Grey is the perfect companion for any new or aspiring studio photographer. As I moved from one chapter to the next I was often reminded of the many lessons from my Studio Lighting 1 & 2 courses from college. Whether is was the practical introduction to professional studio equipment or the very easy to reproduce diagrams demonstrating technical setups, every page left me wanting to try another setup in the studio. I would never say that a single book could replace the hands on experience you receive from a paid photography course. In fact, I would highly recommend every photographer drop the cash to support your local community college and take a photography class or two. For those of you who are really self starters however, this is the first book I've seen that could be used as an outline for a college level course in studio lighting. You can read my entire review on my blog.
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