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Lighting Design For Commercial Portrait Photography

Lighting Design For Commercial Portrait Photography looks at the lighting needed in different situations to achieve great photos. Tools you'll need for the shoot are looked at, as well as elements of producing a commercial shoot including makeup, wardrobe and models. The next chapter looks at beauty lighting, including coming up wih a concept and planning, using a beauty dish, mola plus background light, and refining the background light. Sideways clamshell lighting, traditional clam...

Capturing Light: The Heart Of Photography

Capturing Light: The Heart Of Photography is the latest book from renowned photographer Michael Freeman. The book allows you to get behind the scenes of Michael's working process, and see how stunning photos are taken from concept to capture. The first chapter is entitled 'Waiting', and looks in great detail at all the different types of lighting a photographer can expect to find when shooting in the field, no matter where in the world they may be. First basics such as timing the sun...

Commercial Photographer's Master Lighting Guide

Commercial Photographer's Master Lighting Guide by Robert Morrissey aims to de-mystify and simplify commercial photographic lighting. The book begins with the basics, looking at the different kinds of light available and what effect they will have on your image. Also looked at is exposure, aperture and shutter speed, and reading your histogram correctly to get a true to life lighting representation. Next, looked at is equipment, different types of camera, lighting, modifiers and studio e...

Location Lighting Handbook for Portrait Photographers

The Location Lighting Handbook for Portrait Photographers claims to enable you to take outstanding images anywhere. An introduction tells us that successful location lighting is all about being flexible and being able to adapt to any situation that is thrown in the way of your image. Sometimes lighting is ideal on location, but most of the time it is not. The first chapter looks at the basics of light terminology; hard and soft light, contrast, and the direction of light, and what differ...

Step By Step Lighting For Studio Portrait Photography

Step By Step Lighting for Studio Portrait Photography is a well set out and easy to follow title that guides you through the world of studio portrait lighting and how to best achieve the look you're going for. Author Jeff Smith encourages you to learn from what you know and not to rely on set styles too much, the aim here is to create your own. The book begins with learning lighting and learning to previsualise the image you're going for. It then moves on to achieving what the client wan...

Just Available Light: Techniques For Digital Photographers

Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers is all about getting the best out of your photos using just the available light around you. Rod and Robin Deutschmann believe that passion and creativity are the key to capturing great images with natural light, and promote the use of manual settings, to put you firmly in control of all the settings. The book begins by looking at what available light is, and how the direction, colour, and whether it's hard or soft light will affe...

Direction and Quality of Light

Direction and Quality of Light is your guide to getting better portrait photography, anytime, anywhere. Author Neil van Niekerk begins by telling us a bit about what is good light and what is bad light, and how composition, lighting and mood can all add up to create the effect you want. Also discussed is the quality of light and how bouncing the flash can create a more flattering effect. The book looks at working with available light and using reflectors, as well as using your exposure m...

Lighting For Product Photography

Lighting for Product Photography is a step by step guide into the world of sculpting with light for product shots. Images of products can make all the difference between whether a potential buyer will choose them or not, so the book explains how to take stunning images of products that fit what the client asks for. Author Allison Earnest explains that a lot of the techniques used are similar to those of shooting portraits, however that certain materials will have characteristics that need...

Photographic Lighting

Photographic Lighting is a compact and informative guide to lighting in photography. The first chapter looks at the basics of flash, bringing your attention to the different temperatures of light and how different flash strengths will affect the look of the overall shot. It also looks at flash gels, which will affect the temperature and colour of the light given out. The second chapter looks at on camera flash equipment. It covers diffusion panels for your flash, and how tilting and rota...

Photographing Shadow And Light

Photographing Shadow And Light is an insight into the dramatic lighting techniques of portrait photographer Joey Lawrence. At just 23 years old, Joey is one of the best young talents out there today. He has photographed a lot of top names in the music business, ranging from rockers Panic! At The Disco to gangster rappers G Unit. In this book, he explains all about how he sets up the lighting in his shots for a whole range of different portfolios and projects. Joey tells us how he first s...