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Lighting for Digital Video and Television Paperback – April 26, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240812274 ISBN-10: 0240812271 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240812271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you don't know a tota light from a omni from a soft box or a fresnel; if you are unsure how to light a scene to achieve a particular look; if you think that lighting for a night shoot is to simply take your cam out at night and press 'record', if you fail to understand the difference between hard and soft light or find lighting terminology undecipherable, than this book is a must. Even if you already know all those things there are excellent and useful chapters for the advanced shooter and lighting tech covering low budget setups, advanced lighting setups." - Steve Douglas, kenstone.net

About the Author

John Jackman is an award-winning independent director and producer who has been involved in dramatic and video production since the mid-seventies. Widely regarded as an authority on digital production techniques, John has been a contributing editor to DV Magazine, and has taught workshops for NAB, the American Film Institute (AFI), Digital Video Expo, the Library of Congress, along with various film schools, colleges, and university programs.

More About the Author

John Jackman has been involved in television and movie production for over thirty years. He was one of the early adopters of the DV format and digital production techniques. He has written far numerous industry magazines, ranging from "3D World" to "Church Production." For almost a decade he was contributing editor, regular columnist, and reviewer for "DV Magazine." He has taught professional workshops for the American Film Institute, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Library of Congress.

An ordained minister in the Moravian Church, he produces historical and faith-related films, most recently the award-winning feature film "Wesley," starring Burgess Jenkins, June Lockhart, and Kevin McCarthy.

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I'm using the lighting techniques for photography and artwork as well.
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I really like this book (and disagree with an earlier review that it is short or very informal/casually written.
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I really feel the best way to learn is just to go out there and do it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By City Of Rocks VINE VOICE on September 18, 2010
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This is a great book with a wealth of info, properly organized and from that standpoint well-written. Includes lots of examples and is an interesting read-always a big plus when you're studying something technical. From a lighting perspective, it assumes you know nothing which is always a great place to start. It begins with an explanation on why you need lighting, and eventually progresses on to advanced methods. It's a textbook that reads like a field manual, and I thought it was an interesting read. No high-faluting mumbo jumbo-just down-to-earth, realistic, generally understandable explanations and diagrams. Books that assume nothing and can still cater to people with a bit of experience are often quality books, and this one is no exception.

The only difficulty is, I'm befuddled in regards to defining the target audience. You might think, well, beginner of course since it starts off with something so basic that most people who don't even own a camera know at least some of it already. (No lighting means dark/underexposed work.) Advanced techniques are covered later. True, but the book also assumes you have a complete understanding of equipment, how that equipment works, what it is called, and a complete understanding of related acronyms and industry jargon. Anyone new enough to need a book this friendly to the beginner will probably not have this extensive understanding. Acronyms are used right out of the gate without definition or explanation.

That's the only difficulty I can see with it. Otherwise, it's a great book and I'm glad I have it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Erb #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2010
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Lighting for Digital Video and Television is a book that will appeal to a people involved in or wanting to learn more about lighting equipment and proper lighting techniques. In fact, the book begins literally from square one assuming you may not even realize how important lighting is. The author even goes as far as to suggest that the book be read in a linear fashion to facilitate a complete understanding of techniques that will then enable the reader "to improvise, to create new techniques for unique situations rather than having to fall back on some textbook diagrams; and it means you'll be able to do a better job at any lighting scenario." That is quite an ambitious statement and by and large the book delivers, particularly when considering that it is just 261 pages.

The reader is taken through a methodical process of exploration. The essential basics are covered in a very textbook like fashion. You'll learn about how the human eye perceives light and the limitations of how a camera perceives light. Contrast, color and how to control both are explained. Then the book moves into some basic concepts of electricity and power distribution. Moving on, the different types of lighting instruments are given attention. Ample illustrations are used as examples. Next you learn about how to control light using things such as scrims, diffusers and gobos which leads to a good overview of basic lighting techniques. Basic lighting techniques cover key, fill and backlighting techniques, soft & hard lighting and things of that nature.

Later chapters cover things such as how to solve common lighting problems, like how to properly light dark complexions and how to use kicker lights. Studio lighting is given some attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marino Shauye on October 30, 2010
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Whether you're a beginner or intermediate level filmmaker, this book is for you. It's full of detailed information and illustrations of everything you need to know about lighting for video shooting. A lot of the information is also helpful for still photography. You'll get an excellent foundation of knowledge here. Besides technical details of "how," the book talks about the "why." Author John Jackman writes, "The real key to fine lighting is not only to simulate reality, but to communicate the proper mood and feeling to the viewer. You need to know more than just basic techniques or tricks; its best to have an understanding of how certain looks will communicate to your viewers."

As a beginner myself without a lot of money to buy or rent equipment, my favorite chapter is "Lighting Low-Budget Locations." Jackman talks about ways to use CFLs, worklights, and painters sticks to get a good shot. But don't be fooled. If you can get your hands on the professional gear, then he has that covered too.

An invaluable resource for the videographer/filmmaker.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Riley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2010
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Let me start by saying that back-in-the-day (1980's and early 90's) I specialized in helping professional still photographers to fulfill their lighting needs as both a salesperson at a well known pro camera shop and later as a manufacturers representative. Lighting has often confused many a photographer and it is easy to throw money at the situation without really solving your problems. Now that digital has come into it's own one might think that lighting can take a back seat to technology but nothing is further from the truth.

John Jackman takes on the Herculean task of leading us through the entire range of lighting knowledge. From "what happens if we don't use lights" to giving us a peek at the world of Hollywood set lighting. Fortunately he doesn't take the easy way out and just regale us with stories from his many years in the industry (which he could easily do). Mr. Jackman takes the time and effort to explain principles such as the Inverse Square law, understanding color temperature and the various electrical knowledge necessary to keep from blowing every circuit breaker that you meet.

My favorite thing about this book is that he not only addresses the craft of fine lighting but also introduces the reader to the dizzying variety of lighting equipment available in a very non-threatening way. In addition to covering floodlights, spotlights, key-lights, back lights, softboxes, reflectors, cucaloris', flags, scrims, snoots and other lighting instruments, he also shares professional tips on how to tweak and control them.

I had purchased the 2nd edition of this book a few years ago and when I got the opportunity to get the 3rd edition I jumped at it.
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