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Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image (Voices That Matter) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Kelby
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Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography books, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and Publisher of the just-released Light It magazine, has reinvented how lighting books are written by finally revealing the entire process from start to finish. You see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact sheet of the progression of the shoot), to the all-important part that most books don’t dare include–the post-processing and retouching in Photoshop. This book also breaks new ground in the visual way it teaches you the lighting setup. There aren’t any sketches or 3D models–you see the lighting layout in a full-page photo, taken from above during the live shoot, so you can see exactly where everything’s positioned (the subject, the photographer, the lighting, the background–you name it–you see it all). Plus, you’ll see side, over-the-shoulder, and more behind-the-scenes views, so you can absolutely nail the lighting every time.

Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers during his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar tour and now, for the first time ever, he’s taken that incredibly popular style of learning and put in into book form. Now everyone can have a real-world reference for getting the same looks today’s clients are clamoring for.

You’ll learn:
  • The step-by-step layouts for creating the most-requested and sought-after lighting looks
  • How to get more out of one light than you ever thought you could (this is worth it alone!)
  • How to control and shape your light without breaking the bank
  • The camera settings, gear, and power settings for every shot
  • The retouching techniques the pros really use to make their subjects look their very best
  • How to retouch hair, eyes, lips, skin, and lots of other little retouching tricks that make a really big difference
  • How to create high-contrast portrait effects without buying expensive plug-ins
  • A host of insider tricks, invaluable shortcuts, and kick-butt special effects to give you a real advantage over the competition

Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter that shows how to create these same studio looks using off-camera hot shoe fl ashes and the modifi ers made for them. There’s never been a book like it.

Editorial Reviews Review Exclusive: Bonus Content from Scott Kelby, Author of Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It

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About the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Profession als (NAPP), Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the industry today. Scott is author of the best-selling books The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography B ook (volumes 1, 2 & 3), among others. His easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning photography and Photoshop fun. Scott trains thousands of photographers each year through his live seminars, live Webinars, and his weekly videocast. He knows firsthand which lighting and retouching techniques are in demand, and now he shares them all in one place, here in his latest book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 35760 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXM5W2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I noticed that i could buy the full kindle version now, before it's hit stores i jumped right on this, i've been reading Kelby's Blog + watching "The Grid" video podcast that he does and been looking forward to this book, i couldn't make it to the tour he just did so the book is a nice substitute.

I've always enjoyed his writing style, and he answers alot of questions I've had as a semi-pro newbie is a way that i can understand; and i must say that on my PC Monitor it's formatted perfectly, i can scroll from shot to shoot and see how it evolves step by step; i think i may prefer this over having a hardcopy.

I'd strongly recommend this to someone like me trying to figure out the best way to use your lights to create stunning images; also the procedure to really make them "pop" in your photoshop post production.

I like the detail about each shoot so you can really see what is going on; and the contact sheets were a great idea.

EDIT: the kindle version is slightly annoying b/c of the size of the images, you can't really zoom in and see them in great detail , as the other reviewer pointed out this is a bit disappointing.. particularly since the kindle edition is more expensive than the book, the content it still excellent but i did find i wanted to zoom in close than I could.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About 80% Retouch It, 15% light it, 5% shoot it December 30, 2011
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I'll start by saying I'm a big fan of Kelby's books - they're very easy to read (mostly because they're filled with photos and minimal writing opposed to the opposite!) and you usually get some new information in a non-technical way that's easy to understand.
Unfortunately, I'm kind of disappointed by this one -- while called "Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it", the majority of the book revolves around how to fix the images in photoshop (not too big of a surprise, since Kelby is a 'photoshop guy' before a 'photographer'.

I bought the Kindle version (for use on the iPad) and it looks great - images are clear, large and easy to see. I will say that I'd only use it on a Kindle Fire or iPad (the black-and-white kindles will lose a lot from the book, since it's so image-heavy). If you have one of the above though, this is a great way to save a little money and have a portable version "on the go" wherever you're at.

So the premise for the book is great - they show you a final image, then the lighting setup/camera info and finally the editing to get it there. If you read the free sample chapter here you'll only see the final image, lighting setup and camera information.. this is a bit misleading as about 80% of the content is actually in the editing of each image.

For each "look" you get a handful of views of the lighting setup, which is a great idea! An overhead shot showing the model, background, lights, camera, etc.. (plus some side-shots to see more detail and positioning). For each lighting setup/style, you get 1 image which that chapter will focus on (creating it from the lighting to camera settings to photoshop work).
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He makes everything seem simple and worth trying September 13, 2011
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This is a very well done, visual, and detailed, book. He shows and tells everything. There are photos for every aspect of the shot, from every angle, including from the ceiling looking down, so you can really envision how the set was constructed, how close the lights were to the model and each other.

He shows you the back of the camera, his exact settings including: aperture priority, ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, lens and focal length. He explains, and shows you where he focused his lights, what light modifiers he used, his power settings, and how to adapt that to your lights.

On the retouching, he takes you step-by-step through the camera raw and photo process. Each step is accompanied by a supporting photo of the screen, I would say screen grab, but it looks to be higher quality
. He includes keyboard shortcuts and explains why he is making a particular adjustment. For instance, he takes the recovery slider to the point where the model's face is properly exposed, but doesn't worry about the reflection on metal, or the light bulbs being blown out.

He demonstrates many different photographic/ lighting looks, and they are all very different:
* A classic high key beauty shot
* An edgy rock-n-roll shot, this one had some cool photoshop techniques I hadn't seen, and am looking forward to trying
* A dramatic beauty shot, with lots of contrast and shadows
* Three light lens flare. I would call this one a slightly over-exposed with cool image in sunglasses shot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Dog - New Tricks October 4, 2011
As an experienced studio portrait photographer I like to think I know my way round most lighting setups or at least have a pretty educated guess - This book however takes it one step further. People may show you a lighting setup or a finished "polished" shot, but not many take you through the complete step by step process.
For me seeing the contact sheet and Scott's out of camera RAW, lets me relate to how I see my images out of the camera and the potential of the finished shot. Hang in there, it sounds obvious! but Scott's style of writing is as if he is standing next to you guiding you through the stages and why. This is a key thing that a lot of narrators don't get. I looked at a couple of the RAW's and thought hmm, lets see where we go with this.

I love seeing the lighting setup shots from every aspect - front, side, back (and top) showing proximity, angle etc - it takes away the guess work you get from some follow along books I have previously read. The camera settings are there for all to see as are the power settings on the lights. For me venturing out of the studio in to the real world without expensive strobes, this is a godsend.
This book tells you what to edit in what scenario - would I spend half an hour do skin retouching on a full length fashion shot...? no, look at what the focus is on and polish that. Again sounds obvious, but I have been caught up doing things my way, burning up value time.

I have a short attention span and read the manual when something breaks - This book lets you jump in to whatever style you want, when its applicable to you - there is no having to read 15 chapters on things you will never do - if you want portrait, beauty, composite etc just go look it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 17 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars It was like a flash of light went off
Great book, but then again most books written by Scott Kelby tend to be great books. in this case, Kelby shows you a number of portrait scenarios and how he chose to light them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JMW
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Kelby Book
I've been a fan of Scott Kelby's photography books clear back through the "The Digital Photography Book" series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William E. Liberatore
2.0 out of 5 stars Too heavy on post processing
This is more of a photoshop book than a studio setup. The original intent was to have balance I'm sure. The end result was a heavy post-processing book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MNP
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent and detailed
Does just what it says. (1) Gives camera settings, (2) Gives strobe equipment and settings (strobes are way too costly for me). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jafe in Fort Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source
Scott kelby books are always well written. In this book it offers a step by step, easy to understand process. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great step by step secrets pros use
I am totally new to photography and found this book to be the express way to get professional results! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Luiz Oliveira
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
I'm not easily impressed, but this writer has done a great job. Very clear and straight forward using a minimum of theory or jargon.
Published 3 months ago by Joe Jernigan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginers, good for the more advanced
This book is well written, and the over head shots of the lighting setup are clear and helpful. One small gripe, I was disappointed that so much of the book was spent on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Light It, Shoot It, GET IT!
This is a great little tutorial on various lighting techniques & shows exactly how to set them up to use in your own applications! Read more
Published 4 months ago by GB
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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)


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