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Lighting Essentials: Lighting for Texture, Contrast, and Dimension in Digital Photography Paperback – April 1, 2012
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The book is a good refresher for experienced photographers - who may know most of this inherently, but may not have put it into a framework. It's definitely a good read for advanced amateurs interested in taking their lighting to the next level and beyond following a set formula. But it assumes a solid knowledge and experience with studio lighting equipment, and there is no discussion on how to use the lighting gear, just what the results will be (a good thing).
I'm glad to see this book published. It's refreshing to see books that cover the theory in an approachable way, and as a quality read.
My only gripe would be that the layout of the book is awkward at times. Because of the topic, some of the image captions are lengthy, and that disrupts the page flow.
There are several good lighting books available but Don's approach is not a regurgitation of the same old approach. He starts with the subject and works back to the camera. In taking this approach, it is not what will happen if I put a light here but rather what of the subject do I want to reflect back to me. This deliberate approach takes you from a haphazard approach and gets you closer to being able to visualize the end product.
If you want a book that rounds out what others teach you and gives you plenty of ah hah moments, this is the one.
In "Lighting for Texture, Contrast, and Dimension in Digital Photography", Don continues on his theme from the first book, but goes deeper, and in more detail (but still keeps it light, and easy to understand). Defining what each area of light presentation is (true subject value, specular, specular transition, shadow transition, and shadow) with both clear, concise, and articulate description; and visual demonstration with real life imagery, and annotated diagrams and images.Read more ›
I have been practicing photography for five years and have amassed a varied collection of books and DVDs over that time. This book is the first in a long while that wasn't simply reaffirming what I already knew, or repackaging the knowledge and presenting it in a different way.
That being said, this book is geared towards the intermediate/advance shooter that already knows about lighting and how their camera works and is looking to supplement their technique. Though the majority of images in this book are studio-lit, all the lessons apply to natural light shooting as well.
Don Gianatti's "Lighting for Texture, Contrast and Dimension in Digital Photography" challenged me to see light in a new way. My favorite line from the book sums it all up... "We see the light as it is presented by the subject, not as it is presented to the subject. Without a subject, there is no light as we know it." With the all important subject in mind, Don explains how and why to choose certain modifiers, determine their distances from the subject and, all importantly, sculpt the image that is in your head with the never ceasing focus on the subject itself.
Don started off teaching lighting workshop to photographers, and this teaching style manifests in the book. The actual text explains his thoughts and what he is doing, and the beautiful imagery shows the effects of what is discussed. The majority of images have a 'build-up' approach, where there are multiple iterations of the same general image, but with a background light here, now a reflector added, now with a hair light. This is a great learning tool.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don Giannatti's Lighting Essentials series should be required reading for anyone interested in photography.Published 6 months ago by R.E. Klaus
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Don Giannatti's book. I learned of him on youtube, Creative Live channel - where he gave a presentation on Tabletop Photography (Lighting... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Donna M. Couture
This book gives good insight into the nature of light as it relates to photography. it is not a "how to" guide, he doesn't say "place model here, place flash here,... Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by A. Bonterre
After reading this books companion, Lighting Essentials: A Subject-Centric Approach for Digital Photographers, I dove into reading this one in bite size chunks. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by LaRae
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With the explosion of digital imaging has come an explosion of how-to books. What I find is that most of them cover the same rudimentary information. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Steven C. Korn
This is an excellent book for photographers seeking to advance their understanding of what makes a photograph work, and thus make better images. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by James Bass