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21. Film Lighting: Talks with Hollywood's
22. Minimalist Lighting: Professional
23. Nikon Creative Lighting System
24. Jeff Smith's Lighting for Outdoor
25. Residential Lighting: A Practical
26. Lighting for Digital Video &
27. Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting
29. The Landscape Lighting Book
30. Concert Lighting, Third Edition:
31. Corrective Lighting, Posing &
32. Portrait Lighting for Digital
33. Stage Lighting Handbook
34. Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait:
35. Lighting for Photography: Techniques
36. How to Design and Install Outdoor
37. Exposure and Lighting for Digital
38. Green Lighting (Tab Green Guru
39. Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who
40. Lighting Techniques for Photographing

21. Film Lighting: Talks with Hollywood's Cinematographers and Gaffers
by Kris Malkiewicz
Paperback: 198 Pages (1986-08-11)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$11.56
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Asin: 0671766341
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Oldie, but a goodie
If I had known it was written in 1986, I might not have purchased and read this book. That would have been a big mistake. Obviously, technology, imagers and instruments have changed since then, but the important things discussed herein by so many experienced cinematographers haven't. Collaborating with designers, working with directors, working with different budgets, and practical examples of lighting are still applicable. The number and bona fides of the contributors make this an advanced course in film and video lighting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner
As an amateur seeking to grow in professional production,this book was a great transitional piece.LOVED IT.Keep in mind that I was already familiar with lighting terms and techniques.This just helped me to polish my technique and better understand which lights do what etc....

If you have done several music videos, small indie projects etc,than this book will help you get to the next level.If your a beginner you'll be lost.

Overall,great stuff,a little beefy at times,but worth it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Useful for someone new to lighting
If you are looking for a good, instructional book on lighting setups and techniques...keep looking.This book may be useful to a seasoned director or gaffer, but is rather useless for beginners.This is essentially a book on interviews, and while has some techniques discussed throughout, is not presented in a way that would be useful for someone hoping to learn the finer details of lighting.

4-0 out of 5 stars A definate must read for cinematographers and directors
I am a director and found this book to be really intersting.I really enjoyed hearing advice and techniques from a collection of accomplished cinematographers and gaffers.Too many books just merely point out that there are many ways to approach lighting a scene.This actually shows how different people choose to light particular scenes.

The only complaint that I have is that it is a bit out-dated.Personally, I use a lot of newer lighting equipment that was not mentioned (especially Kino Flo lights).Nevertheless, still probably the best lighting book I have encountered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just a dull technical book . . . very interesting . . .
I am an aspiring D.P., interested in lighting and camera operation. This book gives a good insight to the relationship between D.P. and director. It does not give dull "how to set up lights," but provides someinteresting information provided by some outstanding cinematographers, manyare members of ASC. I found it to be an excellent read. ... Read more

22. Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography
by Kirk Tuck
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-05-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$20.84
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Asin: 1584282304
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Packed with incredible images and step-by-step techniques, this book is a must have for commercial, wedding, and portrait photographers working on location who want to maximize their time behind the camera and minimize their time spent hauling cumbersome lighting equipment. The tips show how to select easily portable and versatile equipment for location shoots, cutting down on the packing and porting of expensive equipment. With techniques and information on the latest technology—including battery-powered flashes and accessories—this reference shows photographers how to work with smaller and lighter-weight lighting equipment without sacrificing quality. Whether shooting portraits, landscapes, or interiors, whether indoors or out, photographers will embrace the portable approach offered in this valuable resource.

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1-0 out of 5 stars The book if I ever get it sounds good
I ordered this on Sept 9th, today is Sept 21th and this book is not even shipped if I did not want the book so bad I would cancel the order 8 bussness days and it is not shipped is assinine, what does it take one e-mail and it could be shipped in what 1 or 2 days I would have had it by now.I think the company should refund the shipping for their laziness.If I ever see that they are the suplier I will not order.If you think I am pissed uou just under-estimated my feelingsMinimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful Book
If you are even slightly interested in off-camera lighting, this book is a very useful resource.It achieves a nice balance so that it's applicable to amateur photographers looking to step up their lighting abilities, or professionals that want to lighten their loads without sacrificing quality.The approach is conducive to learning and the book covers speedlights, light stands, umbrellas, soft boxes, reflectors, light placement, and a variety of other topics including how to pack efficiently for travel.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book, but needs a better proofreader
This book does have quite a bit of information, but not a whole lot more than what is available online from websites like Strobist.It could have been organized better and seems to jump from one topic to another on the same page.There were also a lot of discrepancies between the text and the descriptions for the photos/diagrams.For instance the author talks about using a CTO gel for the shot in the text, then the lighting diagram shows green gels on all the lights.Since he was balancing to fluorescent lights, I figured he meant to say green gels.This was the case on more than one occasion leading to a bit of confusion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book for users seeking some info on getting started s a strobist with canon or nikon flashes...

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent equipment guide - Mediocre lighting guide - Somewhat misleading title
The first 60% or so of the book gives you an overview about modern, portable, speedlight based lighting systems. The author also touches on larger studio lights and big softboxes. This excellent overview can save you many hours of online research to understand what options are out there and to get an idea what they cost. If you read it before you put your first step into the lighting field, it may also save you hundreds of bucks. This first part of the book is really outstanding and it alone makes the book worth reading for anyone new to the field.

The rest of the book is a lighting guide in form of selected case studies. First of all, this part is badly edited. The text of the case studies is accompanied by lighting diagrams and the actual photos with legends. In about half of the cases the information in picture legends, diagrams, and text is incongruent. The text might say a Fuji camera and umbrella from the right was used while the diagram says a Nikon with softbox from the left. Most of the time you can extract the relevant information - still, mistakes in this quantity are unprofessional, and a publisher should get this under control before he prints a book and asks money for it.
This said, the photos are all very well lit. The pictures were mostly taken for corporate clients, and as a result the lighting style is rather "safe" with lots of 45° soft light, and very similar in most pictures. I think it would have been nice to see a little bit what else can be done with all that equipment. On the other hand the author probably focussed on what he does best and he's really good at it.

The title has been considered misleading by other reviews and people have argued against that, but I have to agree. If a minimalist is somebody who uses "the bare minimum of what is necessary", large softboxes and up to five or six flashes aimed at selected background details just don't qualify, no matter how good the final image looks. The book's philosphoy is "smaller than heavy duty" which does not necessarily mean minimalism to me. It contains a couple of good one light shots, but if you are looking for something like "the range of possibilities with one or two flashes, an umbrella, and a cereal snoot" you are wrong here.

Overall, I expected something different and was a bit disappointed with the spectrum of artistic techniques offered. Instead I got a lesson about equipment options that was way better then what I would have expected. If you are new to off-camera speedlights and trying to figure out were to go in terms of equipment, this book is a valuable resource. ... Read more

23. Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide
by J. Dennis Thomas
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-10-26)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$7.99
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Asin: 0470454059
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A full-color, go-anywhere guide to Nikon's entire array of creative lighting possibilities

Nikon's Creative Lighting System is like having a low-cost, wireless, studio lighting system that's portable enough to fit into a camera bag. Although the possibilities are endless and exciting, setting up, synchronizing the equipment, and determining lighting ratios can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, this Digital Field Guide has been completely updated to shed some light on the situation!

Beginning with the basic functions of the Nikon SB-900, the SB-800, and the SB-600, the author then goes on to demystify the complexities of using multiple speedlights, adjusting flash outputs, and setting up a wireless studio.

  • Clearly explains how to get the best resultswhen using multiple speedlights
  • Includes examples and unique advice on how to light specific subjects, such as weddings, wildlife, portraits, product shots, and corporate locations
  • Covers other Creative Lighting System components, such as Nikon's wireless commander and macro speedlights

With this handy, on-the-go guide, you'll no longer be in the dark on Nikon's Creative Lighting System.Amazon.com Review
Nikon Creative Lighting System Photography Techniques
Amazon-exclusive content from author J. Dennis Thomas
One-Speedlight Portraits
One of the things I like the best of the Nikon CLS is how fast and easy it is to get great portraits with just one Speedlight. For this portrait of Kristin I used an SB-900 off camera and triggered it with an SU-800. I used a shoot-through umbrella for diffusion and the light was placed at a 45º angle to the model. The stand was fully extended and the light was angled down for a Paramount or Loop lighting pattern.Setting up the CLS was simple. I switch the SB-900 to Remote mode and set it for Group A, the SU-800 was set to TTL. After a few test shots I decided to dial down the FEC to –1 EV. The image was shot with a D700 and a 50mm f/1.4G. I chose Manual exposure 1/60 at f/4 ISO 400.

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Soft-Light Close-Ups
This is another example of a very simple yet effective lighting technique.For small things such as these raspberries using an overhead light that is very close up give you a nice soft light (the larger the light source in relation to the subject the softer the light is). Setting the light off to the side a bit helps to bring up the contrast which gives a more detailed three-dimensional look. Tis was done with oneSB-800 and a shoot-through umbrella placed about 12 inches from the subject. For this shot I used the built-in flash of a D300s to trigger the off-camera SB-800. I set the SB-800 to Group A and the ¬¬¬¬mode to TTL. When shooting with a white background the metering system usually tries to underexpose the image (meters generally try for 18% grey). After a couple of test shots I ended up with a FEC of +2 EV. The image was shot with a D300s and a 105mm f/2.8G VR. Manual exposure 1/60 at f/8 ISO 200.

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Top 5 Accessories for the Nikon Creative Lighting System

1. Photoflex LiteDome XS Softbox Kit for Shoe Mount Flashes - 12x16x9" – This small and portable softbox kit is a great accessory for shooting portraits, headshots and small products. It comes with a speedring and the hardware that allows you to connect it to your SB-600, SB-800 or SB-900.

2. Photoflex 30” White Satin Umbrella – If you’re on a budget this inexpensive umbrella can do the trick for portraits and small products. The translucent reflective material allows you to shoot through the umbrella like a softbox or you can bounce from it for a softer indirect light.

3. Manfrotto 1051BAC Aluminum Mini Air Cushioned Compact Stand 6.75' – This is a heavy-duty light stand for holding your Speedlight and lighting modifiers. The air cushion saves your equipment from crashing down if you forget to fully tighten the extension sections.

4. Impact Light Stand 6' – This is a lightweight stand that is inexpensive and perfect for use with one Speedlight and an umbrella. They are compact and great for traveling.

5. Photoflex Shoe Mount Multi-Clamp – This is a necessity if you want to attach your umbrella or softbox to a light stand. It has a clamp to hold the umbrella and it also allows you to tilt your Speedlight for precise control of the light.

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Customer Reviews (34)

2-0 out of 5 stars Identical "free" information can be found elsewhere
I am an amateur photographer with a reasonable amount of experience, and purchased this book to learn basic lighting techniques with Nikon speedlights.After reading this book, my understanding of lighting with Nikon speedlights has not improved.That said, it is important to note that I'd also read a myriad of sources from photography forums to professionals' blogs.My point being, there is ample "free" information on this subject via the internet, and presumably, there are other, better books.

I rate this book 2 out of 5 using the following scale: 1) Horrible, 2) Below average, 3) Average, 4) Above average, 5) Excellent.This is relative to other books and literature available on the internet.

My major complaints with this book were the following:

1)As I mentioned above, there are other sources for the same information covered in this book: first and foremost, the user manual that accompanies your speedlight.Essentially, this book was a synthesis of the manual, but even more watered down (that is, the manual was more informative).After reading the book, it is clear that the book is geared toward beginners.The problem is, lighting and beginners are mutually exclusive: that is, to learn how to light well, you need an understanding of advanced techniques.The author does a disservice by watering down advanced content, and an even greater disservice by watering down basic content.The purported topics covered in this book are somewhat misleading.The basics are covered well, but at times too elementary.Some advanced topics are covered, but essential and requisite content is left out, or no instructions on how to execute the technique are given.Additionally, I expected there to be more content dedicated to lighting techniques.

2)There seemed to be no logical progression of ideas.Material discussed in later chapters was redundant with much material covered in earlier chapters.

3)Although subjective and 100% my opinion, I would think that if an author is going to publish a book on lighting they would use more stunning images.While many of the images demonstrate the point the author is trying to make (i.e., lit well, hence exposed properly), they are often boring and really not very good.From a self-titled "professional" photographer, the images were very ordinary.

5-0 out of 5 stars All in one place
This is my second purchase of a field guide book.The first was for the Nikon D60 and now this one - Nikon creative lighting systems.I would not have purchased a second field guide book if I had not found the first one a good addition to my growing pile of references.The (CLS) flash management system can become very very expensive and a bit confusing as to what you really need and the best use of your hobby budget. The field guides are well put together, all information in-one-place, easy to understand books that helped me make my choices. I was interested in using minimal flash set-up's for home-photography portraits and macro images. The book covered everything and more than I needed to know about Nikon flashes, applications, set-up, backgrounds, equipment and flash lighting in general.Thereis no one perfect photography book and I would not claim this book attempts to cover every detail concerning the use of flash lighting.But, the field guides are easy to read, and often the first that I pick up when I need a quick refresh or reference.I would certainly recommend them to a friend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid info on flash functions, applications a yawn
If you're looking for a book that will explain the functionality of Nikons CLS & AWL systems, this fits the bill.If the menu on your SB-800 or SB-900 confuses you, you will find step by step instructions to do the things you need to in this book.At its best, this book is a good instruction manual for CLS flashes and the CLS functions of the Nikon bodies that can fire them remotely.Also, if you're totally new to strobist-style photography, the rather basic and uninspired section about flash applications could be a sort of primer for you about how portable, multiple-flash systems work.Unfortunately, Thomas isn't much of a writer.His style is best suited to lists of instructions. If you have some experience with flash photography, or have read any of the much better books about flash (or spent some time with [...]), you'll find the applications section of this book rudimentary and annoyingly vague.To sum up: this book provides an excellent functional description of the Nikon CLS system.Go elsewhere to learn the nuances that will make your use of the Nikon flash system truly creative.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Depth Guide - Nikon Lighting
Another essential book in the valuable Digital Field Guide series.As an enthusiast with a D90 / SB-600, I need in depth guidance on issues such as assembling a multi-lighting system, the capabilities of the SB-600 and intermediate level techniques.This book suits my needs very well!
Mr. Thomas knows his stuff, and I suspect this book would be worth the money for those just breaking into Nikon flash territory, the semi-pro, and everyone in between.
My only caveat is that you really need to skim this book all the way through before attempting to apply individual techniques and applications.Mr. Thomas built the book that way; present the concept basically, then the advanced stuff later on.
Highly recommend this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Short of expectations
Item is just a piece of plastic without instructions.Way less tan I expected.On a positive note, delivery was fast. ... Read more

24. Jeff Smith's Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography
by Jeff Smith
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-06-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$20.84
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Asin: 1584282096
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Shattering the notion that location lighting has to be difficult, inconvenient, or compromised in its quality, this resource provides guidance on how to create unique and personalized images shot in parks, on city streets, at sports arenas, in workplaces, or in a client’s home. With an overview of equipment and a discussion on the essential tools for a shoot, this guide walks photographers through the creation of dozens of location images—from casual headshots to full-length, formally posed portraits. With strategies for meeting lighting challenges found outside of the studio—from evaluating existing light to modifying or supplementing light as needed—this book will help photographers shoot confidently by developing a plan for creating professional-quality location portraits.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best
I highly recommend this book for any photography.It has a lot of wonderful information!Definitely get this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book To Own
I saw this book while on vacation and I knew I was having a layover, so why not buy it so I won't get bored. So, This book gives you details of several lighting situation outdoors. I have encountered several of this situations while shooting out doors and this book helped me see the solution. Now, I used most of the techniques presented and makes the shoot go way more smoothly. I do a lot of my shoots outdoor and has helped me A LOT. I would definitely recommend this book if you shoot a lot outdoors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book for lightning
I bought this book before few months and i think is a book must buy any who likes photography.Describes all the technics about photo out from studio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Information
Jeff Smith's books are very good.I wish I could afford to buy them all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST OWN.
This is one of favorite books! Being an amateur photographer without any formal training in photography, i spend a lot of time reading and testing information that i gather from authors such as Jeff.I am especially interested in lighting and this book does a superb job explaining the diferent ways in which to light subjects outdoors and on location.Shooting portraits outdoors have been really challenging to me because i have always been looking to find out how the truly profesionaly looking outdoor portraits are made.This book has unlocked that mystery for me and now I find myself constantly referring to this book for tips and reminders on what i did right or wrong with a particular shoot.Thanks Jeff for creating such a good product!I firmly believe that this book is a must for any location photographer who wants to achieve professional results! ... Read more

25. Residential Lighting: A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design
by Randall Whitehead
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2008-12-22)
list price: US$75.00 -- used & new: US$54.81
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Asin: 0470284838
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Written by internationally recognized lighting consultant Randall Whitehead, this popular easy-to-read lighting design guide offers a highly visual introduction to the fundamentals for illuminating the single-family home. Emphasizing the use of "light layering" he advocates using a combination of lighting sources to create a cohesive and versatile lighting system. The book offers advice on design tools and room-by-room lighting strategies. This Second Edition includes a new chapter on how to implement the use of energy efficient lighting design, including updated information on LED lamps, CFL's and daylightng. Also included are 32 pages of color plates demonstrating professional remodels of interior and exterior rooms; including contributions from interior designers, architects, landscape designers in collaboration with well integrated lighting design". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good lighting design guide
We're building a house. We'd been working with a house planner on the floor plan for several months. Once the basic floorplan was settled, we needed to lay out the electrical plan. I'm an electrical engineer, a registered professional engineer in Texas; I thought this task should be a piece of cake. :o)

I visited local (large chain) home improvement centers, looking for some guide books. I found Code Check Electrical for NEC rules but there were no books that covered lighting to my satisfaction. I needed something to help me with the do's and don'ts of lighting, the latest trends in lighting, and to do so on a room-by-room basis, with lots of examples.

Let me make it very clear: this is not a "coffee table" picture book. This is a design guide. There are a few color pictures in the middle of the book but most of the illustrations are black and white drawings that illustrate the design principles.

There are explanations of color temperature, color temperature suitability for different rooms and functions, the importance of layering ambient light with task and accent lighting, recommendations for luminaires around bathroom mirrors, the latest trends including dimmable CFLs and LEDs, etc, etc., etc., with lots of "don'ts" throughout.

The book describes California's Title 24, the holy grail of lighting efficiency standards, which requres dimmers in just about every room and/or fluorescent or LED lamps.

I had made a stab at the electrical plan before buying this book. After reading the book for a week, I changed about 30% of my original plan. Without this book, I would have made several mistakes in my lighting design.

The one area I had hoped to see in the book is integration of ceiling fans (with or without luminaires) into lighting plans. The book makes no mention of ceiling fans. I live in Texas, ceiling fans are a necessity here.

There are a few grammatical errors in the book; no spelling errors to speak of. A small part of the subject matter is repeated in multiple sections but that just helps each section stand on it's own. For example, the author might mention a certain type of luminaire that works well in both the living room section as well as the master bedroom section.

Luminaire: that's a fixture. And 'light bulbs' are 'lamps'. If you read this book and you're in the middle of a design project (as am I), you'll find you have added a few words to your vocabulary.

Buy this book if you're a lighting designer or if you're trying to become one, even if it's for your own home remodel or new build. If you're only looking for a book with pretty pictures of building interiors (a "coffee table" book), look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me as an interested amateur
For me as an interested amateur decorator it's perfect. I can't judge how much it would teach a formally trained professional. Obviously lighting, as well as our awareness of the importance of good light is changing rapidly. Where I had scattered knowledge and intuition before I now have a good comprehensive catalogue of options and thoroughly explained confirmations of my intuition, as well as development of others, and a good deal of inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book. Required for school and has some great practical real world information on lighting for the design professional. This will be a keeper for future reference while on the job.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, but not sufficient alone
I am building a large new home and bought this book to understand and develop a lighting plan. It provided a lot of useful information and was enjoyable to read.The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that I found the author really trying to push his "green" agenda of using compact fluorescent instead of incandescent lamps (bulbs). That would have been fine if he pushed it but represented the facts fairly regarding both.There is very little information in the book on "color rendering index" which is how a light source allows you to perceive colors.I find it hard to believe that the author does not understand the importance of this, or if he does, why he chose to devote so little information to it. Perhaps it is because that is the one area where incandescant is far superior to fluorescent, having a CRI (color rendering index) of 100.

Even so, I am still happy that I purchased the book and found it useful but, I think you must get another book with this, or you will have important gaps in your lighting information. I highly recommend "The architecture of light" by Sage Russell. He gives much more detail on the different lamps and the actual science of how light works. He also explains color rendering index and its importance.

Bottom line, this book is great if you can afford another book along with it to fill in the gaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars An exceptional guide from a lighting consultant with over 25 years experience
RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN tells how to use 'light layering' using a range of lighting sources together. Room-by-room lighting tips and techniques accompany expanded chapters on energy-efficient lighting offering solutions to common lighting challenges, making for an exceptional guide from a lighting consultant with over 25 years experience.
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26. Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Second Edition
by John Jackman
Paperback: 256 Pages (2004-01-23)
list price: US$46.95 -- used & new: US$14.71
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Asin: 1578202515
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Digital video students and enthusiasts must learn lighting fundamentals and techniques to enhance the visual quality of their work. Moreover, since lighting specifications for digital video differ significantly from those for analog video or film, professional videographers and cinematographers must learn how to adapt their lighting skills for this new digital medium to ensure that the final product meets broadcast standards.

This complete course in digital video and television lighting begins with how the human eye and the camera process light and color, progresses through the basics of equipment and setups, and culminates with practical lessons on how to solve common problems. It features clear illustrations and real-world examples that demonstrate proper equipment use, safety issues, and staging techniques. Detailed diagrams, figures, and photos illustrate techniques that enable novices to complete basic lighting setups. This new edition also features a 16-page color insert and new chapters on interview setups and lighting for low budgets.

Get a complete course in video and television lighting from a seasoned pro. Detailed illustrations and real-world examples demonstrate proper equipment use, safety issues, troubleshooting, and staging techniques. This new edition features an 8-page 4-color insert and new chapters on interview setups, as well as low-budget lighting set-ups. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great lighting book for beginners
This is a really good book and explains all the basics of lighting, but what it misses is a good accompanying DVD having footages of examples of lighting setup as the illustrations in the book isn't clear on the look different techniques produce.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed
As a filmmaking beginning to learn the craft, I found this book very helpful. It lays out all the information anyone needs to know to get started or to improve lighting techniques. It covers everything from the basics to more complex theories and methods. The information is laid out very well,not to become too overwhelming to the reader. The Author draws from his own experience and insights to help guide the reader in the right direction. It is a must have for any filmmakers library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great text for beginners and experts alike
This book covers the subject clearly, quickly and without too much technical jargon; it's stuffed with wonderful visual illustrations, exercises and is formatted quite well.
It's (as is any book these days) a bit pricey, but worth every cent if you're serious about improving the quality of your work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great information!
I got this book out of the library to read as a preparation for doing lighting on a low-budget movie I'm planning. Long story short, I devoured the book, then had to renew it so I could read it again and again.

People with big expensive lights will love the clear use of big expensive lighting equipment.

People who know nothing about lighting (like I did before I got this book) and have no money (like me) will love the low-budget chapter, and specifically the "spit and gaffer's tape" (author's words) list of equipment for those of us without deep pockets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need To Know, and Interesting Too!
This is an amazing book. The guy is a true pro and explains everything you need to know to get takes that look professional on the first try.

The book is really well written and organized. I blows by while you learn all the hows and whys of lighting video.

I recomend this to anyone who feels that they are not at the professional level with lighting yet. It will change your life. ... Read more

27. Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting
by Lee Lanier
Paperback: 496 Pages (2008-08-11)
list price: US$59.99 -- used & new: US$23.02
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Asin: 0470292733
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you already understand the basics of Maya, the industry-leading 3D animation and effects software, you’ll be ready to move on to the sophisticated topics in this updated edition of Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting. Detailed, easy-to-follow instructions will teach you the real-world production secrets that professional animators use to achieve amazing results. In the second edition, you will find extensive and updated coverage of the latest theories and trends in addition to an enclosed CD with exclusive content to help you sharpen your skills. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars SOLID TEXT
I am reading this book and I am finding it easy to understand and follow. The teacher I had was very technical and I was a bit wary on how much I did grasp. To the teacher's credit she did a great job, but I think a book like this is great for the technically challenged. The pages have good examples and lots of images and pictures to help too. I am glad I bought this book, and look forward to applying the things I learned to my arsenal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most useful resource in helping me to really feel comfortable with Maya
I purchased this book about a year ago after upgrading my Maya (to 2009) following a lapse since Alias Maya 7. I crossed over to Maya from another package, and found its general design, and approaches to modeling, texturing/shading, and rendering to be both (seemingly) different and *significantly* more complex. Over this past year, Lee's book is among several on various Maya-related topics I've worked my way through. Learning even just a few functional areas of an application as broad and deep as Maya on one's own is an intimidating thing, even if experienced in another 3D app. But I have to give this book, and the project/tutorial assets that come with it, a large measure of credit for helping me get over the "fear and loathing" hump to where I really feel comfortable with Maya's shading/lighting/rendering workflow, and Maya's internal design approach in general. I'm sure I'll come back to this book many, many times in the course of my creative work, and highly recommend it to every Maya user. For those coming into Maya from other packages, I don't think you'll find a better general reference resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Product
The book i ordered came within just a few days of purchase. It was in excellent condition (as was described) and i couldn't find a better price anywhere. Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the previous edition by far
Even more detailed lighting techniques and texturing included, with the newer versions of Maya, and better detailed instructions, as well as more maya demo files on disc, to show one how to achieve basically any desired look in lighting and texturing, not just hyper-realism.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, so good
I haven't gotten through the entire book yet but I am impressed with it so far.The author talks about techniques in an interesting manner making you want to read more.I have a multitude of Maya books and so far this one is my favorite. ... Read more

28. THE ARCHITECTURE OF LIGHT: Architectural Lighting Design Concepts and Techniques
by Sage Russell
Perfect Paperback: 264 Pages (2008-01-14)
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Asin: 0980061709
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Architecture of Light makes lighting design approachable. This vivid, image packed text of lighting concepts and techniques serves as the perfect companion for lighting design students and professionals alike. Built around a successful teaching curriculum, this text provides a logical step by step progression through the phases of conceptualizing, refining, drafting and presenting lighting design. Written by a practicing professional lighting designer who is also an award winning design instructor, The Architecture of Light presents a perfect blend of visual design tools and fundamental lighting knowledge. In addition to theory and discussion, The Architecture of Light also provides complete chapters of common lighting details, case studies and a catalog of specific lighting tools. Every architect, interior designer and design student deserves a working knowledge of lighting design and this single book makes it possible.

Remember to check out all of the teaching and learning resources available on the Architecture of Light webpage.You will also find the full 15 week lighting curriculum. Each weekly lecture pack is a downloadable ZIP file that contains PowerPoint presentation, assignments, grading sheets, relevant handouts, and an overview. I encourage designers, educators and students alike to download these lecture packs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!!!
After learning about lighting for interior design, I knew there was more information to fill the gaps.Sage Russell did just that with a clear writing format and easy steps to follow for successful lighting design.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Everyone in Lighting
This book is a must-have if you are in any way involved with lighting.The author writes as if he's speaking to you which makes for an enjoyable read.I have read the book several times and as my own knowledge grows I continue to absorb new and useful information which I missed on previous reads.It also makes for a handy reference when you are questioning a lighting layout.I would have given this book 10 stars if there wasn't a limit!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent architectural lighting textbook for architecture students
As a teacher of Environmental Control Systems, for architecture students (which includesboth Illumination and Acoustics, my main field of interest) I needed a text capable of providing a design approach, coupled broadly to the technical aspects of the discipline. Sage Russell's book clearly accomplishes this masterfully, and has gained a following among the Studio Design professors as well. The materials are stimulating and the writing is entertaining. I can truly recommend it in this context.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to lighting
I am building a new LARGE home and wanted to get information to figure out the lighting scheme. This book was actually interesting and enjoyable to read. I have already read dozens of different books to be prepared for the homebuilding process (I will be my own general contractor) and have found this to be one of the most useful with real information and not just buzzwords.

That being said, if the author or publisher is reading this, you MUST do a thorough proofreading before the next printing because there are MANY typos in the book (I would seriously fire whoever was in charge of proofreading!)

I am very happy I bought this book since I really had no background in lighting and this provided a good basis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative logic to lighting design
Rich with colorful images, this is a five star lighting text that offers a creative logic to lighting design.I have successfully used this book as the introduction to lighting in a pre-architecture and interior design course at the sophomore level.My course used many of the available PowerPoint presentation slides, instructor's notes, and assignments provided by the author.Because of the practical approach taken by the text, I was able to match weekly assignments to each weekly lecture and students built a course portfolio of lighting exercises that will be useful in additional studio work. When technical information is so easily accessible online, I particularly appreciatethe author's balanced perspective that honors the aesthetics of architectural lighting and helps students become intrigued with its magic. ... Read more

29. The Landscape Lighting Book
by Janet Lennox Moyer
Hardcover: 440 Pages (2005-03-14)
list price: US$115.00 -- used & new: US$87.33
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Asin: 0471451363
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A richly illustrated and up-to-date source of practical guidance and hard-to-find technical data on all aspects of landscape lighting

The Landscape Lighting Book, Second Edition shows you how to achieve a wide range of beautiful and dramatic lighting effects. You'll get expert guidance and advice on the theory, design process, project needs, and techniques of landscape lighting. You'll find prizewinning projects designed by the author and other landscape lighting professionals throughout the United States. Plus, hundreds of diagrams, drawings, and black-and-white and full-color photographs illuminate topics and provide visually stunning insights into new and creative ways that lighting can transform landscapes. This fully updated edition covers the latest technologies and equipment and features new chapters on installation, documentation, and seasonal lighting. You'll also find:
* Guidelines for preparing lighting drawings, control and transformer charts, symbol lists, and other technical specifications
* Design strategies for avoiding potential conflicts between plantings and landscape lighting equipment
* Accurate performance characteristics of all lighting materials, finishes, and fixtures
* The best ways to locate fixtures, set appropriate light levels, and perform preventive system maintenance
* The special lighting needs of plants in indoor environments
* A complete listing of fixtures, controls, lamps, and accessories manufacturers and vendors

Whether you're seeking to sculpt a landscape with light or make an outdoor space useable at night, The Landscape Lighting Book, Second Edition shares all the technical and creative insights you'll need to beautify your landscaping projects and consistently win client approval. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
This is the perfect book for understanding landscape lighting design, and installation.As an extra added bonous the author includes business suggestions.I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only
As everyone who knows knows, this is the one and only book on landscape lighting worth having. Period. And Jan is such a great person and speaker. If you get a chance to hear her speak, go!

5-0 out of 5 stars Landscape Lighting 101
The Landscape Lighting book, by Janet Moyer, provides both an academic and practical level of landscaping lighting knowledge. Another good book, if you can find it, is the Ortho's book of How to Design and Install Outdoor Lighting.

In comparison, the Ortho book has more colorful pictures and offers a very colorful education - I'd say, more or less at a good high school level.If you want more of college level introduction to landscape lighting - perhaps, to start a business or to broaden your knowledge, The Landscape Lighting book is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Art and Craft of Landscape Lighting
The second edition of Janet Lennox Moyer's THE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING BOOK is an absolute necessity for everybody who works in landscape lighting or who is seriously interested in creating their own garden lighting. Ms Moyer has greatly revised and expanded the color plates and Chapter 4, "The Design Process - Documenting and Installing Landscape Lighting" as well as writing an entirely new Chapter 5 "Follow-up Work - Record Documents and Project Maintenance." These changes and additions and the many other updates make the new edition well worth the purchase price.

First published in 1992, THE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING BOOK has served as the single and indispensable reference for the landscape lighting industry. It has offered all new landscape lighting practitioners guidance and provided an emerging industry the foundation necessary on which to build solid practice. While there is a wealth of other books that offer how-to help and publish pretty pictures, none of them even attempt to define and explain professional practice for the landscape lighting industry with Ms Moyer's authority and confidence.

THE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING BOOK is not an easy book to read but it is well worth the effort. Once you understand the theory behind the short cuts and rules-of-thumb that other how to books offer, you are free to create your own. With the freedom you gain when you understand and can apply those fundamental principals and concepts to your landscape lighting, you become like the cook who ignores the printed recipe and creates a masterpiece of culinary art.

5-0 out of 5 stars expert opinion
Still the best book for the professional.Invaluable resource for architects, landscape architects and landscape lighting designers.Broad and deep with plenty of technical information.I purchased this book in1992 and I bought it again today (an electrician friend "lost" myoriginal copy).A second edition (if planned) should include betterinformation about transformer regulation (the ability of a low voltagelighting transformer to maintain 12v under load) and voltage drop (thedreaded decrease in voltage through the main supply cable) which arepresented as formulae rather than actual measurements.Great photographsmostly of large scale projects.This book should be in every outdoorlighting designer's library.

There is a second edition (Wiley 2005) of the book revised and updated by the author to reflect changes and improvements in techniques and equipment.The second edition is easily recognized by the illustrated four color cover; the original had an illustrated dust cover (missing from the last run of the first edition) by the cover itself was plain black.

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30. Concert Lighting, Third Edition: Techniques, Art and Business
by James Moody, Paul Dexter
Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-09-22)
list price: US$49.95 -- used & new: US$38.11
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Asin: 0240806891
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Get ready to pack your bags and go on tour with the most trusted and comprehensive text for concert lighting. With a special focus on rock and roll, learn how to use computer aided drafting, moving luminaires, learn about the people and the history that shaped the field and more. Expand your design possibilities by learning about cross-media use of concert lighting techniques and their application in film, video, theatre and the corporate world. From snagging those precious contracts to knowing the best equipment to use to designing a show, Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art and Business covers everything you need to know.

* New Information on computer aided drafting and visualization programs, moving luminaires, digital luminaires and media servers, LED luminaires, new Protocol devices and more to keep you up to date with the most cutting edge trends
* Everything a professional needs to know from fighting for contracts to the ins and outs of designing a show by current leading designers: Jeff Ravitz, Andi Watson, Paul Dexter, and legendary Broadway designer Richard Pilbrow
* Learn how to light rock-and-roll concerts and use the same techniques in film, video, theatre other medias
* Interviews with three established, multi-platinum touring recording artists

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lighting
Book came promptly after purchase and in better quality than I was expecting. No markings or damage to item at all, nearly pristine condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Update of a great book.
This book continues in the vein of the first and is full of excellent info for anyone interested in tourine, with data also useful for your regular Theatre-Bound technician

2-0 out of 5 stars Title was misleading
This book would be better titled Technical Details of Rock Concert Lighting.It had a lot of technical details on the hardware, but not much on the actual art of concert lighting (only one chapter: Chapter 6).I suspect that the hardware would come with their own manuals, but maybe they don't and you need a book like this.Also, the pictures are interesting but they don't seem to be all that elucidating of the key concepts -- too much detail without organizing themes, in my humble opinion.I was hoping to gain insight into classical symphony concert lighting as an art form, but there is very little of that.For me, it was like getting a book titled Painting, and finding out that it spent one chapter on the art of painting and the rest of the pages on the brush types, paint types, canvas types, easel structure, the organic chemistry of paints, the material response of canvas, the evaporation dynamics of paints, etc.If you are a rock concert visual director and need technical reviews to supplement your hardware manuals, then this might be useful.If you want to know about the lighting for the NY Philharmonic, or the art of lighting, then this is not the book for you.If the author retitled the book to "Technical Details of Rock Concert Lighting," then I would probably give it 4 stars.I'm glad I just borrowed a copy instead of buying it.It seems like the author put in a lot time into it.I hope that the next edition will have a better title and more useful figures.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for anyone in charge of the finer technical details of a concert
A good concert is about more than the music. "Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art, and Business" is the third edition of Focal Presses's acclaimed guide to the importance of good lighting in concert settings. James Moody is an experienced theatre technician, and Paul Dexter has done lighting for some of the biggest acts in Rock such as Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue. Good lighting enhances the music, makes the experience more memorable and more likely to return for another show. "Concert Lighting" is an absolute must for anyone in charge of the finer technical details of a concert.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I found alot of useful information. Especially in the business aspects of Concert Lighting. General History of concert lighting is very indepth. As for the art and techniques in the book, I found the book to be very basic. I'm not a lighting Designer. The only experience I have. Is hands on experience. This business is very secretive. This book has alot of the answers. ... Read more

31. Corrective Lighting, Posing & Retouching for Digital Portrait Photographers
by Jeff Smith
Paperback: 128 Pages (2010-04-29)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$22.49
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Asin: 1584289953
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With techniques for achieving a flawless portrait, this manual shows how to create stunning, professional images in any setting. Tips on how to delicately discuss and evaluate a subject’s appearance and his or her specific concerns combine with examples on how subtle changes in lighting and posing can flatter subjects—by slimming the waist and hips, enhancing the bust, narrowing the nose, reducing a double chin, and concealing baldness—helping portrait photographers sensitively downplay perceived flaws. Also illustrating how the latest in digital imaging technology can fix problems, this up-to-date resource shows how to digitally eliminate acne, whiten teeth, remove braces, and fix unnoticed clothing problems. Techniques for processing RAW files and for optimizing JPEG files for quick, but consistent, shooting are also included. With hundreds of new images, before-and-after sequences, and informative text, this is the ultimate reference for creating beautiful, flattering portraits.

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5-0 out of 5 stars My fav of Jeff Smith's books
I agree with the other reviewers so I will not repeat what has already been said about the book. I own a bunch of Jeff Smith's books and consider them all a good investment. This was the first book I purchased on the Kindle app on my iPhone (yes the pictures are in color and not too downsampled). His head and shoulders book had been my favorite but now it is his new Corrective Lighting, Posing & Retouching for Digital Portrait Photographers. Some of his books have a bit of recycled content in them. However, the two aforementioned contain manly new and extremely valuable content. One key thing Jeff Smith tries to teach the readers is that if you are in the business of photography then you are shooting and creating products for the client, not yourself. You must create products that the client will want to buy (get to know what each clients wants) and you must do it in an efficient and cost effective manner. The things you learn is this book are very particle, will improve your photography, your workflow, and business practices.

5-0 out of 5 stars love this book!
I am really new to portrait photography and I LOVE this book.Easy to read and follow, great tips and suggestions.I would say this book is definitely a beginners guide, so it was perfect for me!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
I don't make my living in photography but many of my friends who are ladies 'of a certain' age have asked me to photograph them.I've found this book to be very helpful with posing to cover figure flaws and lighting to minimize the affects of age.Not everyone is a super model, nor should we strive, as photographers, to produce photos of people that don't look real.However, we should photograph them to their best advantage.I found Jeff's tips, hints and knowledge to be very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any photographer's tool kit!
Jeff Smith's CORRECTIVE LIGHTING, POSING & RETOUCHING tells how to make subjects look their best using different lighting and posing techniques for studio or location setups. From digital techniques for minimizing defects to addressing common age- and weight-related issues, this is a 'must' for any photographer's tool kit!

5-0 out of 5 stars The photographer's guide to best results photography
This book by Jeff Smith is a great step by step guide to bringing out the best in your client's portraits.This is covered on several levels starting with working with clients and identifying problems.The following chapters discuss solutions for resolving such issues through wardrobe, lighting, posing, and postproduction retouching.All areas are thoroughly covered and attention is given on making your clients feel comfortable for a positive and successful experience.I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

32. Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond
by Stephen Dantzig
Paperback: 128 Pages (2009-11-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$22.66
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Asin: 1584282657
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The fundamentals of exposure and the essentials of lighting are explored in this photography reference that uses progressive images from portrait sessions as its basis of explanation. Starting with how light is perceived differently by the camera than the human eye, this resource clarifies the more complicated laws that govern light, breaking the rules down with clear, effective examples. Various light sources are investigated—from simple sunlight to advanced professional and studio systems—as well as the types of lighting units used at different times during the sessions. By adding or modifying one light at a time, a sequence of images shows how the desired effect was achieved, offering photographers step-by-step troubleshooting tips. Concise text paired with photo examples offer any portrait photographer the techniques needed to create perfectly lit images.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is very well done and extremely informative.
Stephen Dantzig is a great teacher to those just learning photography and to those with experience. He covers the basics and advanced techniques with a tone that is easy to understand. He definitely knows what he is talking about as the book is graced with many fine photographs. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in photography and to someone who wants to become a better photographer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any serious portrait photographer's growth
Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond is a 'must' for any serious portrait photographer's growth. It provides a review of techniques for setting and controlling a range of lights and lighting modifiers, creating classic lighting patterns and working with strobes and outdoor shoots. The progressive learning approach builds on basics to move photographers to more advanced techniques in this solid survey.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have book on Lighting for Pros and Amateurs
If anyone can bring a photographer up-to-speed with the principles of light, in the shortest amount of time, it's Stephen Dantzig, through these books. This is years of experience mastering light, with an easy-to-learn format. Superbly illustrated, enough information for pros and simple science for the budding amateur, this book is a goldmine of tips and knowledge.

Stephen shows us the dos and don'ts, the steps to making the best image and the logic behind the process. A plethora of lighting options are provided, with the benefits of each. Quality of light is covered, with what it can do for your image. Ever wanted to know about the elusive, "Inverse Square Law" or F-Stop Values? It's all here, in plain English.

Stephen goes through the logic and physics of why light behaves the way it does under a variety of locations and lighting setups, from single light sources to multiple in a natural progression. This book has a permanent and prominent location in my photography library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lighting King Hits a Homerun!
I own each book Steve Dantzig has written, and have gained so much knowledge from each one.I especially love this one, as it doesn't matter your skill level when jumping in to read it -- a beginner in learning the basics of photographic lighting can follow Dantzig's teaching methods and be able to apply them immediately.The photographer most advanced in complex lighting techniques has lots to benefit from the book, as well, as Dantzig breathes new life into classic lighting schemes that have been around since the beginning of photography.

Dantzig also walks you through some of his personal favortie tips, such as color correction, white balance, and photoshop adjustment techniques, that are priceless coming from such an accomplished photographer and lighting guru.Being able to take a peek into Dantzig's own "bag of tricks" is amazing for me!

Whatever a photographer's skill level, this book includes methods to make he/she a better photographer and a better lighting expert.I will keep it close by in my studio from now on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to follow
This is an excellent book for the digital photographer who is just starting out, as well as experienced photographers who want to enhance their pictures with off-camera lighting to take their photography to the next level. The book was very easy to read and the style of writing is very engaging.
When I first started out, the two most intimidating things for me were photographing people and working with my flash.This book explained exactly how to do both, step by step with easy to read diagrams and real world examples.I especially liked the "Terms to know" section that is on each page and the simple, yet detailed explanations for each of the lighting setups.Highly recommended. ... Read more

33. Stage Lighting Handbook
by Francis Reid
Paperback: 224 Pages (2002-01-02)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$15.34
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Asin: 087830147X
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The Stage Lighting Handbook is well established as the classic practical lighting guide. The book explains the process of designing lighting for all forms of stage production and describes the equipment used.This new edition includes up-to-date information on new equipment and discusses its impact on working methods. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Lighting Bible
I am doing the lights for concerts here in Japan and only because the boss asked me to.I had
no idea what I was doing, but this manual inline with on the job training really enlightened me(cliche)

I totally recommend this book to newbies who really want to put out a good light show.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just right
The Stage Lighting Handbook is an excellent start for those new to stage lighting.Starting with an overview of the types of lights the book progresses to the basics of rigging and planning lights for events.Packed full of diagrams and to-the-point explanations this handbook makes an great choice for the beginner and a reference for the more experienced lighting designer.

3-0 out of 5 stars 101 material and outdated technology info
This book would be a great tool for someone just getting started in theatrical stage lighting.It is well written and contains a vast amount of basic knowledge.I would not recommend this to currently working lighting designers as it is really outdated compared with technology that is used today.

2-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
This book , I beleive is the sixth edition, and it is out of date to todays highly intelligent systems. "Stage lighting handbook" is good for those who just started theatre stage work, but it does not apply to rock concert settings. It is well written, very basic style of writing, does not touch on the technical side of using DMX consoles or applications.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ok, not great
If all you want to know is about design, this is the book for you. Other then that it is useless. No information on practical set up of lighting plots. The Shelly book is much better. ... Read more

34. Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography
by Michael Grecco
Paperback: 244 Pages (2006-09-29)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$18.46
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Asin: 0817442278
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Priceless--yet practical--ideas and insights from the master of portrait photography
* Ready-to-use insider tips for photographers at every level
* Author teaches across the country and is renowned for sharing his secrets

Michael Grecco is one of the best-known celebrity photographers in the world. His beautiful, insightful work is all around us--on movie posters, in advertising, on magazine covers, everywhere. "I delight in inspiring people," he writes. "I want them to stop, think, and feel." Now Grecco shares the secrets of great portraits with photographers at every level, in Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait. Sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, and having a point of view, plus intriguing case studies that show "how I got that picture," make this book a resource photographers will use again and again through the years. Whether the subject is a star or a soccer mom, Grecco shows how to add artistry, drama, wit, humor, and personality to their portrait. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars If I Had a Budget
This book came highly recommended to me by a number of other photographers and I've got to say, there are a lot of good photography and lighting tips and tricks hidden among the name-dropping.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not As Detailed As Previous Editions
Grecco is a very fine shooter and does have a pretty casual way about him. This particular book will not get into as much detail as some may want as far as... the HOW and the TECHNICAL.

Just not that book. It's more auto-biographical and he does get into how he concepts and gets inspired for a shoot.

I own it, I reffer to it and I don't plan to get rid of it. I also own his now out-of-print The Art Of Portrait Photography as well, they almost need to go hand-in-hand with each other.

5-0 out of 5 stars Photographer Michael Grecco's images are used to supplement a photography course in book form
Photographer Michael Grecco's images are used to supplement a photography course in book form, discussing celebrity and editorial photography with an eye to revealing everything from the basics of cameras and hardware choices to how he departed from photojournalism. An outstanding survey carries readers on a journey of insight and progressive education using the photographer's experience and eye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
Michael Grecco is a true master of lighting. His book offers great insights into his work. Very useful for everyone who is interested in the art of flash-photography.

5-0 out of 5 stars get your creative juices flowing
The book does what it's supposed to do, inspire you to take better portraits.
Well written and filled with nice pictures and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Well worth a look. ... Read more

35. Lighting for Photography: Techniques for Studio and Location Shoots
by Glenn Rand
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-08-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$21.56
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Asin: 1584282266
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Presenting the tools needed to create and control photographic lighting with either digital capture or film, this book shows how to perfect lighting in the studio as well as on location. The tips in this resource cover the principles and rules of lighting that are not confined to any single pursuit, thus giving photographers an understanding of the rudiments of light and lighting, rather than a series of limited solutions that work only in certain situations. In addition to sample images, the book includes numerous diagrams and detailed captions that explain why and when particular lighting methods are chosen, as well as how they are executed. A technical book with an in-depth exploration of lighting, this resource will assist any photographer in understanding varying light conditions in both the studio and the natural world.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer Lighting Technology
Not a how-to or recipe book, but much more if you are intent on learning lighting.Dr. Rand is an excellent professor and writer.I have not taken any of his courses at Brooks Institute of Photography or at other colleges, but I don't know how he could put the information across more clearly. His information is technical but easy to understand with his diagrams and explainations.The information is not for a particular setup, but applies to all lighting of any setup once you understand the principles.By the time you finish reading this book, and try to duplicate his examples, you will understand how to better apply lighting to inhance and present a subject.The only thing that should be included in a revision would be practical assignments that would demonstrate a principle, but with book in hand and an eye in the view finder, I'm sure you can create your own.A great book from a real authority!Lighting for Photography: Techniques for Studio and Location ShootsJust one last thing...read this book first and then read his other book,"Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces".Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Glass, Water, and More

3-0 out of 5 stars Umm.. Not exactly much of use if you read other lighting books
I admit - i did "random look inside" thing before buying this. And i got page with flower shot and i liked diagramm and page. But unfortunately there are about 10 more pages like that.

Rest of book is quite typical and going on and on about same old topics. I mean if you new to idea and do not really know what apparent size is, and stuff like that - you will be pleased. I do know what it is, so i kinda dissapointed at lack of real neat tricks. For new people -I would suggest Light: Science and Magic and Lighting Techniques For Portait Photography over this one any day.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I did enjoy this book, however it wasn't quite what I had expected.I was looking for a studio lighting book and this has both studio and environment lighting.it isn't as extensive in the studio lighting as I would have liked.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from an expert
I am big fan of Glenn Rand's book.He is incredibly knowledeable and knows his subject inside and out.Amherst Media is my favorite photography publisher and the two have created yeat another great book!

The content is a little different than other books which makes this a keeper!.My collection of Amherst books just keeps growing and growing.

I highly recommend this book.I have referred to it a few times since first getting it.....not something I can say about ALL my books in my library.

I hope that you enjoy it. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Lighting Textbook
This is an intriguing and helpful book on lighting for photography. Utilizing terms that I did not generally associate with photography, the author explains light in simple terms. His careful description of numerous light sources is beneficial to a total understanding of lighting and how it works. A very well presented textbook. ... Read more

36. How to Design and Install Outdoor Lighting (Ortho Library)
by William H. W. Wilson
Paperback: 96 Pages (1984-05)
list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$10.75
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Asin: 0897210263
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Design and build a garden-lighting system yourself.Learn about lighting techniques, materials and fixtures, design principles, and installation methods.Numerous photographs help you plan the look you want.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Landscape Lighting
This paperback has plenty of pictures of finished products showing the final outcome of landscape lighting techniques. Well written easy-to-follow instructions makes this how-to book a pleasure to read. I would recommend this book to any beginner that needs a general idea of how to design and install outdoor lighting.

3-0 out of 5 stars expert opinion
Great value but seriously dated.Outdoor lighting has gone through a revolution since 1984.The market is now filled to bursting with manufacturer's innovations including the adoption of low voltage halogenlamps (particularly the MR-16) in place of the old automotive-type 12vlamps. Still a good overview of both 120v and 12v systems and the pricecan't be beat.I've given dozens of copies away to clients over the years. Deserves an update.Ortho, are you listening?

4-0 out of 5 stars How to design and install outdoor lighting.
This book was marvelous! It gave me some great ideas on how to save time and money.I have always wanted to try and install a unique lighting arrangement at the front and the back of my home, but I was very leeryabout the expense I would incur and the knowledge to "go ahead and trythat, any way".I truly think this book is worth every dollar.Youwill not be disappointed......

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37. Exposure and Lighting for Digital Photographers Only (For Only)
by Michael Meadhra, Charlotte K. Lowrie
Paperback: 368 Pages (2006-11-29)
list price: US$34.99 -- used & new: US$6.56
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Asin: 0470038691
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Even with digital cameras and automatic exposure, lighting and exposure remain the most difficult element to master in the quest for quality photography. This book, written by a professional photographer for photographers, provides real-world advice to help you achieve true creative control over lighting and exposure. Discover how to take your digital photos to the next level with the scores of lighting diagrams, techniques, and stunning full-color photographs. Order your copy today! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a useful book
This is not a book for professional photographer, but for those who have much to learn about photography.
This book should be a must for newcomers to photography.
I like it very much and I learned a lot about withe balance, misuring the light, exposure and lighting.
I think that this book along with Expoaperture's discs (depth of field guide) open a very wide windows over photography world and allow anyone to learn the basics of photography.
Have a good Read.
Sergio Conti

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot
It's like food...some are going to love it...others probably not.But for me, it hits the spot.

Have found it provides the kind of principles, techniques, examples that help to increase confidence that I am taking into account the elements that need to be understood and incorporated into decision for best shot possible.

Examples.It explains the zone system in a way that makes it not only understandable but useable.I've even memorized the zones...which has increased confidence in predicting how camera will respond to exposure choices.

Other examples.You'll also find an overview of how to approach portraits...and then the details regarding various lighting approaches.That is...the basic goal is to capture the essence/personality and the expression of the person...in a way that appears to be three-dimensional...even though the photographic medium is two dimensional.(This is probably not new information...but I appreciate the clarity and simplicity that the basic guidelines are explained.)

And then examples and description of principles AND practical steps are provided regarding how to best use the main light, fill light, hair light, etc. to achieve desired results.

(NOTE:I had previously purchased one of those store-window DISPLAY HEADS...so it really has worked to apply the suggestions regarding the placement of light...and actually see how they create different types of lighting/shadow effects whereas before I felt a bit nervous about enlisting help of a live person to try out different lighting approaches.I highly recommend finding one on line.

You can get a stryofoam HEAD DISPLAY through AMAZON.

I ordered a DISPLAY HEAD from [site not possible to include here] (under the category "HEAD AND WIG").It appears to be made of plastic of some kind.Seems more realistic than styrofoam...but what do I know.)

The reason that it's currently my favorite photography book ...is that it provides techniques and principles that directly apply to almost each and every shot I take...in ways that I have not been able to find in other books...but have longed to understand and master.

I realize the book is not for everyone.We all have different tastes and ways of learning.And of course...different levels of skill and expertise.Is probably best if you have some experience.And it may not satisfy the most advanced.But it's been the absolutely perfect book for me...providing needed information at time I needed to understand it... as I seek ways to improve my photographic eye and skills.)

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty basic but good for an amature. .
I'm from the old school where I once photographed a dark theater by opening the shutter and running all over between the rows with a #2 photo flood behind a piece of cardboard so as to get the light even.
It would be nice to review more advanced techinque. I guess the photo trade has advanved faster than books can be written.
There are lots lf little lighting tricks, especially now with small portable flashes.
Something is needed to bring us old Photofarts up to date. More than just an I-TTL flash.

2-0 out of 5 stars Find that stuff our looking for elsewhere
Don't like giving bad reviews but I don't like this one at all. Not so much good information as stating the obvious, also the content seems pretty old and that just won't work if you use "Digital Photography" in your title. Besides that the layout and pictures inside are just not inspiring. You might want to check out Light Science & Magic instead, now that's a really good book!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Quite simply, this is one of the best books on digital photography I have read (and I have read quite a few).The beauty of the book, as its title suggests, is that it is geared specifically for digital photographers.The authors have not tried to write a generic book that applies to both digital and film:They recognize that differences do exist. They also recognize that many of today's photographers do not have a background in film photography and do not try to make analogies or comparisons with film.

Another thing I like is that the authors are not phony purists.They do not try to push "raw" down your throat as the only way to go, like most authors, but rather, recognize that jpeg works just as well in the vast majority of cases for most of us.They also recognize that the digital camera's automatic controls work just fine in most situations but stress that the photographer needs to know how to override them in those situations that require something a bit different from what the meter reading suggests. The many chapters in the book cover those situations and explain how to make critical adjustments to the camera's meter reading to get the ideal exposure.

In terms of content, the book covers everything you need to know about exposure and lighting and includes numerious sample photographs to illustrate the points made.These photos have been taken, not by the authors, but by recognized photographers.As such, the illustrations are not concocted to make a point, but rather, show how great photographs are made.

The book's greatest strength, however, is in the writing style.The authors know how to write and explain things in a way that is easy to understand.However, that's not to say that this is a basic book.Although it covers the basics, it is far from basic.It is easy to understand because the writing is clear and the explanations are thorough.

If you've read the other books on exposure and have been left feeling you need more, this is the book for you.If you haven't read the others yet, skip them and go right to this one. ... Read more

38. Green Lighting (Tab Green Guru Guides)
by Brian Clark Howard, Seth Leitman, William Brinsky
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-09-03)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$13.40
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Asin: 0071630163
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Flip the switch to energy-efficient lighting

This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting. Filled with step-by-step instructions, Green Lighting shows you how to save money and energy with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), solar lights, windows, skylights, fixtures, controls, and other bright ideas. Methods for calculating return on investment, plus recommended sources for energy-efficient products, are included in this practical resource. Green Lighting covers:

  • Color temperature measurements
  • In-depth details on the differences between LEDs and CFLs
  • How utilities bill for electricity usage
  • Comparing wattage and determining energy savings
  • ENERGY STAR® ratings
  • Purchasing appropriate bulbs, fixtures, and sensors
  • Developing a comprehensive green lighting plan for your entire home, office, or commercial environment
  • Incandescent, halogen, and gas-discharge lighting
  • Solar and next-generation lighting
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5-0 out of 5 stars Living more Lightly
Wonderful resource for navigating exciting new options for lightening one's impact and illuminating the immediate environment at the same time. I travel a lot, and this book will help me choose smart little LEDs as gifts for the people who host me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blend of Form and Function
Brian Howard does a great job giving you the details and reasons "why" eco-friendly lighting is important, but also goes the extra mile beyond just providing data. This book helps dispel popular green lighting myths while also providing handy tips to help you save money, energy, and the environment....all through lighting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love the light
I'm a huge huge fan of DIY projects, and this book was close to my heart. Thanks for the info!

5-0 out of 5 stars I See The Light!
I see the light!And thanks to the book Green Lighting, by Brian Clark Howard, Seth Leitman, and William Brinsky, it's costing me less and it's easier on Mother Earth than ever before.I'm a huge fan of do-it-yourself projects, but most DIY books devote, at most, a chapter to lighting and barely a word to eco-friendly lighting options.Green Lighting provides easy to follow instructions and contains a mega-wattage of supporting materials and additional resources.Well researched and organized, Green Lighting helps readers understand not just how to incorporate green lighting into their lives, but why it makes so much environmental and economic sense to do so.This book will pay for itself over and over again, every month when you get your incredible shrinking electrical bill.Unless you're Amish, you need to read this book today.

Jeff Yeager
Author, The Cheapskate Next Door and The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches

5-0 out of 5 stars Green Lighting
After a couple of hours, I feel like I am able to speak intelligently about lighting.Better yet I know what to do for my own home and business to get the best bang for my buck, without feeling like I'm being sold a line of goods from a counter salperson who is out to find the highest proit margin for the bottom line.This one is going out to all of my friends...thanks for something truly usefull. ... Read more

39. Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America
by Karenna Gore Schiff
Paperback: 544 Pages (2007-02-14)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$3.00
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Asin: B002ECEF8K
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Karenna Gore Schiff’s nationally bestselling narrative tells the fascinating stories of nine influential women, who each in her own way, tackled inequity and advocated change throughout the turbulent twentieth century.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who was born a slave and fought against lynching; Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who organized coal miners and campaigned against child labor; Alice Hamilton, who pushed for regulation of industrial toxins; Frances Perkins, who developed key New Deal legislation; Virginia Durr, who fought the poll tax and segregation; Septima Clark, who helped to register black voters; Dolores Huerta, who organized farm workers; Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, an activist for reproductive rights; and Gretchen Buchenholz, one of the nation’s leading child advocates.

Gore Schiff delivers an intimate and accessible account of the nine trail-blazing women who deserve not only to be honored but to have their example serve as beacons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lighting The Way 9 Women Who Changed Modern America
This is an excellent book which should be read and reviewed by every high school student (male and female) and by our political leaders.Not only does it show the incredible courage and insight of each of these marvelous women, it illustrates the horrible issues and living/working conditions faced by the working class and non-white persons regardless of class. The book provides a dramatic historical perspective about unions, civil rights, and public safety, environmental regulations, etc. We are now seeing some of the same issues related to the environment, safe working conditions, women's rights, exploitation of children in places such as China.This book makes one more aware of the great strides the US has taken since the early 1900's to improve working conditions, etc.Free trade is not only about wages and jobs, but we must also ensure that the safeguards developed in the US and Europe be an integral part of the free trade process or we will be back to facing the issues so vividly described in this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unlikely Heroines
This detailed book provides little-known insight on nine women very important to the advancement of American rights.Very interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lighting The Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America
This is a magnificent book, written by a brilliant and humanitarian author.It is well researched and documented, and it is very interesting and enlightening.Every person in our nation could benefit from reading this informative work.Thank you for this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary women
Karenna Gore Schiff has done us a wonderful service with this book of women whose impact on American life has been profound. Her essays on the lives and contributions of these women are readable and enlightening.I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a beautifully written and captivating look at the lives of strong women who helped change the course of American history.I was extremely impressed by Karenna Gore Schiff's writing ability .All of the women profiled in this book are fascinating Americans and most of them are long overdue for this kind of a tribute.Schiff truly did her research and I was also interested in the information she shared about the strong women in her family--most notably her grandmothers.She dedicates the book to them. ... Read more

40. Lighting Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios: Strategies for Digital Photographers
by Billy Pegram
Paperback: 128 Pages (2009-08-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$20.84
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Asin: 1584282592
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Detailed discussions and eye-catching, dynamic images show photographers how to masterfully create beautifully illuminated models in this professional, informative resource. With an endless array of looks for all types of models—such as nude, athletic, advertising, hand, leg, and plus size—this manual is packed with inspiration as well as technical advice. Start-to-finish analyses of real-life sessions help photographers take the guesswork out of lighting and avoid common mistakes. Whether enhancing a product with the model or showcasing the model with the photograph, these tips illustrate how to meet objectives through artistry and skill.

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3-0 out of 5 stars theory vs passion
this book is about technique and passion. giving you ideas with explanation and diagrams to explain lighting setups and scenarios to create better an more interesting pictures.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not for the methodical types
This is one of those books you see at the bookstore, and the cover immediately grabs your attention. Beautiful woman, great pose, killer lighting, super sharp, etc... so naturally you thumb through it. Inside you find more of the same - fantastic composition, colors, exposure, etc... of more gorgeous women. Now unless you are one of those lame people that reads the whole book right there in the bookstore, you then have to decide is this book worth my $20+ or is it another one of those books that has great images, but no substance. I answer this question and more on my full review at [...].

By reading the chapter by chapter section in my full review on my blog you might think that I didn't care for this book, but you'd be wrong. Instead, I actually quite liked this book and found that it had lots of useful and practical information. What was bad about the book was that the chapter titles were totally bogus as you can easily tell that they have little to do with the information the author wants to share with the reader. The author does a good job of educating the reader on how to be a more successful model photographer, but not in a methodical way that some will require. In the end I kinda chucked because this book is written much like I would probably write a book because the author pretty much shares what is on his mind at the time he sat down at the computer the day he wrote any given section, despite what part of the book he was working on. He has a genuine desire to share his wealth of valuable knowledge but he expresses it very loosely which works well for some people like me, but less so for the more methodical types.

In the end I'm glad I got this book, and I enjoyed reading it. I felt I learned some useful information which I was able to apply to my work and improve my photography. To me that is the definition of a successful book so it is for that reason I must recommend* it. I use an asterisk because if you are the type of person who can watch something do something once and without taking notes, apply that knowledge to a new situation then this book will be useful. If you are the person who can use a complex product without reading the instruction manual, then this book is for you. If you aren't, then you may find yourself with more questions than answers after your done reading this book.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Value: Good for those who are a quick study
Recommendation: Clearly this book is for those who want to know more about how to photograph beautiful women. if complex methodology and/or theory bore you to tears, then this might be a good book for you so pick it up and enjoy. If you want detailed instructions, then skip it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lighting techniques for Model Portfolios
I purchased "Lighting Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios: Strategies for Digital Photographers" for the purpose of drawing on a Digital Pros experience in lighting models in the digital arena.In that respect, the book did not disappoint.I have 2 decades of experience in 35 mm photography and finally went kicking and screaming into the digital era.If you are looking for an extensive book covering all aspects of photographic lighting, then this is not your book.If you are looking for a book to help you in the realm of head shot and glamour photography utilizing a pro-sumer or DSLR, or are looking for fresh ideas for lighting when shooting digital, then this book will serve you well.I commend the author and publisher on delivering a book that actually delivers what the title says!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos and great instruction
This book is the perfect compliment to Pegram's book on posing for models. As with other good lighting books, I really find the before-and-after shots to be immensely helpful and this book has many. There are also many 'practical examples' placed throughout the book where Pegram takes a specific scenario and explains every aspect of how he shot it. And, there are many lighting diagrams and a number of equipment shots.

If you loved his last book, you really need to get this one as well. ... Read more

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