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The best camera is the one you have with you. Whether that’s a high-tech DSLR, a consumer point-and-shoot, or simply your SmartPhone, there’s a common denominator that will determine the visual impact of the images you create: the light. Identifying beautiful light (or creating/modifying the light) takes experience, observation, and a knowledge the fundamentals of lighting. Learning how to visualize the intended image in your mind’s eye and translate that vision onto a two-dimensional plane is, as this book will show, far more important that what device you actually use to record that image. If you have ever looked at an amazing scene or subject but been disappointed by your photos of itthis is the book for you! Through examples and exercises, the author challenges you creatively, starting with the very basics of lighting and building a knowledge base that you can apply to your growth as a photographer at any stage, and with any camera.
About the Author
Steven H. Begleiter began his professional career in New York City as first photo assistant to Annie Leibovitz and the late Mary Ellen Mark He maintained a commercial photography studio in New York until 1997 when he moved to Philadelphia to become a professor of photography at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, he was recruited by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT, to teach lighting and studio photography techniques. He recently relocated again to the great city of Denver, where he is continuing his commercial photography business and teaches photography at the prestigious Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD).
Table of Contents1. Visual Introduction: Family Case Studies
2. Natural light: Highlights and Shadows
3. Dynamic Range and the Joy of RAW
4. The Color of Light
5. What Color is the Sun?
6. Artificial Light
7. Enlightenment: The Power of Light (or Lack Thereof)
8. Direction of Light
9. Bermuda Triangle
11. Shutter Speed
13. Pop Up Flash
14.One Light, One Love