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The essential lighting manual for digital and film photographers
Weston, Christopher.
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Publication Information:
Mies, Switzerland : RotoVision, [2004]

Physical Description:
208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TR590 .W47 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Look at the view in front of you and close one eye. With your open eye, squint, and take time to examine what you're seeing. Notice how little information you now have. Can you see how much more difficult it is to distinguish between objects? The increase in contrast between light and dark? How objects that appeared to be three-dimensional now appear flat, and lack detail? OK: open both eyes. You have just seen pretty much what your camera would see. The key to great photography is to distinguish between seeing light as a bi-optic, sentient being and seeing light as a camera does -- as a one-eyed, inanimate tool. Whether you are into digital technology or film, light is the photographer's primary tool, and without it there would be no photographs. For each shot that you take the light is different, giving every picture a unique atmosphere, and telling its own story. It is for you to use and reveal the infinitely varied character of light to create unique, successful photographs. The Essential Lighting Manual for Digital and Film Photographers shows the beginner how to see light and use it effectively, empowering the amateur to improve his or her skills, and enabling semi-pros to build on their experience for more considered, creative results. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Chris Weston is a professional wildlife and landscape photographer

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Understanding Lightp. 10
Metering and Exposurep. 30
Useful Equipmentp. 46
Natural Lightp. 70
Low-Light and Night Photographyp. 114
Close-Up and Macro Lightingp. 134
The Daylight Studiop. 142
Artificial Lightp. 152
Studio Lightingp. 178
Appendixp. 202