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Creative lighting techniques for studio photographers
Montizambert, Dave.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, [2000]

Physical Description:
110 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TR573 .M65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This definitive guide to studio lighting explains and demonstrates universal lighting principles that help photographers think on their feet and master lighting theory and technique. Explained are essential concepts such as why light behaves the way it does and how to manipulate it to its best effect. Concrete, practical examples illustrate topics such as shooting light, dark, and reflective surfaces; mastering contrast control; modifying shadow formation to effectively shape mid- and light-colored objects; creating definition in black objects; and using Photoshop to fine-tune subjects. Instruction is also provided on creating simulated sunlight, painting with light, using softening filters, and lighting subjects in motion. Compelling photographs and numerous lighting diagrams are included.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Section 1 Fundamental Conceptsp. 7
Contrastp. 7
Areas of Illuminationp. 8
Confusion and Chaosp. 11
Diffused Valuep. 14
Section 2 Forming with Shadowp. 17
Shadowp. 17
Glamour Lighting with a Dramatic Edgep. 19
A Panel Discussionp. 25
Shadow Edge Transferp. 26
Size of Light Sourcep. 27
Distance of Light Sourcep. 29
Obstruction Distancep. 34
Try it Outp. 36
Motion of Sourcep. 39
Controlling Shadow Formationp. 42
Shadow Contrastp. 44
Distance of the Main Light to the Subjectp. 46
Main Light Distance (to Subject) to Ambient Ratiop. 50
It's the Law: The Law of Perspectivep. 53
Efficiency of Ambient Sourcep. 53
Distance of the Ambient Source to Subjectp. 57
Simulated Sunlightp. 60
A Scary Thoughtp. 66
Section 3 Lighting with Specular Energyp. 67
Specularp. 67
Shooting Beer/Painting with Lightp. 69
Light Painting 101p. 75
Specular Edge Transferp. 78
Surface Efficiencyp. 78
Depth of Fieldp. 80
Floating Sonysp. 80
Camera F-Stopp. 82
Incident Distancep. 83
Reflective Distancep. 84
Reproduction Size and Wrinklesp. 84
Motion of Sourcep. 86
Distance of Origin to Diffusion Sourcep. 88
Specular Contrastp. 93
Size of Light Sourcep. 93
Pre-Touching: Motion of Source to Soften Specular Edge Transferp. 98
Big Redp. 99
Distance of Light Source to Subjectp. 100
Surface Efficiencyp. 103
Tonal Efficiencyp. 110
Cutting Edgep. 111
Specular Gobop. 116
Interrelationshipsp. 117
About the Authorp. 120
Indexp. 122