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tylercooney
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Jun 13, 2007 19:42 |  #1

Any suggestions for a well written, basic lighting book? Maybe geared toward portraits, but includes other types as well. I am getting frustrated/bored with my one strobe and softbox and (sometimes) a reflector on the opposite side of the persons face. I'll try to attach an image as an example.

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Jun 13, 2007 20:22 |  #2

http://www.lightingmag​ic.com/litbook.htmexternal link


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Jun 13, 2007 20:45 as a reply to RichNY's post |  #3

I second Studio Lighting Made Simple. There are many books out there and so many complicate basic lighting. In my opinion, Scott has really made it easy to learn and understand lighting as well as metering technique.

Worth every penny and a valuable resource.


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Jun 13, 2007 20:54 |  #4

Strobistexternal link has a bunch of recommended books. Scroll down the right side of the page.

Light, Science & Magic external linkwill give you a great foundation for understanding light. You have to know how light works before you can really use it creatively.


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Jun 13, 2007 21:02 as a reply to Curtis N's post |  #5

Hi Curtis,

I think Light, Science & Magic is a good book with lots of very useful information. Speaking as someone that not too long ago was in this same position, wanting to learn about light and lighting, knowing nothing, I have to say that L,S &M was not a good entry level book and I personally do not receommend it for the beginner.

I think there are better ways to go before spending $50 on L, S & M.


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Jun 13, 2007 21:16 |  #6
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How about Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers? It's an Amherst book by Christopher Grey.



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Jun 14, 2007 10:32 |  #7

tony corbell has a portrait lighting book that was awesome! it showed why light behaves as it does and what to do to make it work for you, not against you.


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