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Outdoor Lighting: Fashion & Glamour Paperback – June 28, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-2884790208 ISBN-10: 2884790209 Edition: First Edition
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About the Author

Cathy Joseph is an experienced photography writer. Previous titles include Photographing Weddings, Location Portraits and Photographing Buildings for RotoVision. Cathy is mother of two children with a special interest in family photography. She lives and works in London.
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Product Details

  • Series: Outdoor Lighting
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing; First Edition edition (June 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2884790209
  • ISBN-13: 978-2884790208
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tyrone walter on November 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I personally feel that I got exactly what i expected.
A book with great full length up-to-date color images, diagrams so that you can see exactly how the lighting was set up, a paragraph explaining why the photographer was hired and what look the client wanted, how and why the photographer chose a certain location and the photographers own comments about the shoot. Oh, also you get to know the camera, film and settings that were used to capture the image.
I like this book because the photographs were actually good!
I felt i learned a bit about the photographer as one says that he never uses reflectors or flashes and how another confessing that it took 4 rolls of film to get the right shot for his portfolio.
Now you're not going to get a full history of the photographer or a step by step guide to shooting outdoor location shots but there is enough said about each picture to give you an better understanding about how it's done.
I look through this book 3-4 times a week and it delivers everytime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebel POW on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Why is it so hard to find good photography books? Why is it so difficult for good photographers to write them?

Fortunately among the mounds of photography books available, there are exceptions. Those rare, rare books that are worthy of your purchase, worth the time that you spend reading and yes, studying them.

Outdoor Lighting: Fashion & Glamour is such a book. While not new (copyright 2003), this is a photographer's book and as such, will age very well. It sticks to its' subject. Filled with breathtakingly beautiful images. Diagrams for every shot. THIS is how to write a photographic book.

What makes this such an exceptional book? Cathy Joseph dissects each and every image for us. She starts by giving you "The Brief", why the photograph was taken, how it was to be used and instructions given to the photographer. She then discusses the selection of the location, the composition and lighting and technique. Every photo has a fact file and a technical details box. A section at the end of the book gives contact information for eveyone of the wonderful photographers in the book. Webpages, phones, email addresses. Alas, she doesn't list her own contact information for those of us who are now her devoted fans.

This book is well worth your money, well worth studying the techniques listed. This book WILL make you a better photographer, and isn't that what these books are supposed to be about?

Bring us more like this, Cathy Joseph!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Denoise on April 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book. Each page shows you a great photograph, the brief, the location, composition and lighting description. There is a lot of creativity in each picture and there are a lot of cheap and simple but effective setups.

I gave this book only 4 stars because the only thing I miss is an extended description of the lighting techniques used in these pictures, since it only resumes to a couple of lines. The author don't teach you ilumination techniques by itself but she presents you a collection of mini interviews with the photographers in the structure of: brief, location, composition, lighting technique and a diagram. Some diagrams are missing and some are not so clear.

I think I've learned much more than outdoor lighting. The book gave me a source of inspiration, film techniques (there is no single digital shot in this book), composition sense (I'm not afraid of cutting out the faces anymore) and the conviction you don't have to spend thousand of dollars for a great lighting setup.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Leavitt on July 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book based on the other reviews on this site. I thought it would be very in-depth and helpful, but it turned out to be quite boring in my opinion. The book is a compilation of photographs done by various photographers and their comments regarding the image. Some are helpful, while others are very ambiguous such as, "I wanted to make her look like she was flying because the couture dress she was wearing felt very airy" or something to that effect. Some pictures have diagrams, others don't. Basically the photographers said whatever they felt like saying about their image, which many times ended sounding like a lot of fashion photographer fluff.

If you want a more helpful and informative book of lighting diagrams with explanations then check out Photographing People: Portraits, Fashion, Glamour. It has WAY more examples and a larger variety as well.
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