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Quavondo's Photography Lighting Techniques with Images and Light Set-Ups [Kindle Edition]

Quavondo Nguyen , Lindsay Michelet , Corey Michaud , Jingna Zhang , Pratik Naik
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Updated 2/13/13
Second update to this book. Fixed the formatting issues that was occurring due to the latest Kindle plugin on a few devices. Please let us know if you find anymore issues.

At its core, this is an easy-to-use technical handbook with lighting set-ups and simple tips you can implement right now to improve your lighting. Each chapter focuses on a type of lighting (e.g. one-strobe, two-strobe, camera flash, hot lights). At its heart, this book and its images are meant to inspire you, with a candid look into the background and thought behind each creative concept, and the amusing realities of bringing an idea to life.

Don't wait another day. Start reading, and soon, you'll feel comfortable enough to tackle any photoshoot with confidence.

Forewords by Jingna Zhang of Zemotion and Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch.

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About the Author

Quavondo currently resides in LA, because frankly, Asians look better with a tan. When not shooting, he teaches photography workshops, mentors up and coming photographers, and snuggles with his cat Athena. (But not while mentoring or teaching photographers.) In the past three years, Quavondo has been honored 18 times at the International Photography Awards (including top-three placement), Quavondo has been a featured artist on [Framed] and appeared on Make Me a Supermodel and Double Exposure with celebrity photography team Markus Klinko & Indrani. Quavondo is a top contributor with iStockphoto/Getty Images where his photos have twice been selected as Top Ten Images of the Year. His work can be viewed at http://www.quavondo.com.

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  • File Size: 25498 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid lighting tutorial December 27, 2012
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"Quavondo's Photography Lighting Techniques" (Paperback printed edition) is a good collection of lighting tutorials explaining how an assortment of professional images were created. Most are fashion-style, but some are more stock-oriented (like the Santa shots) and some are just random experiments from the author. Most shots are accompanied with lighting diagrams, and the author also includes his recollections from the shoot along with his ideas for how the shot could have been done differently, quite useful.

I can't give this book 5 stars because of several annoying issues. First, the book is printed on what appears to be regular matte paper, it looks and feels cheaper than other photo books I've seen. I realize this is a tutorial book and not a portfolio, but higher production values are always appreciated.

Secondly, while the photos in the book are all professional and nice, I expected to be blown away by awesome imagery (especially with a foreword from Zhang Jingna), I just didn't like the pictures as much as I thought I would. For example, the picture of the pregnant model on page 24 doesn't look... hm? what? She's not pregnant? Oh. And on page 54 the male model's face has been so heavily retouched it looks like plastic (almost like the Jude Law character in "AI"), which brings up the issue that many of the images rely on Photoshop and compositing, the book's title implies this is about photographic lighting.

Also, the book could use a strong editor with an attention to detail. The author frequently misuses the word "compliment" when he means "complement", and some sentences make little sense: "The Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens gave me a nice amount background scene." What?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Content is good, kindle format is bad December 18, 2012
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buying photography ebooks, based on my experience, is generally bad. tags to pictures are out of place, description to pictures are several pages back, or in front... it's generally not a good reading experience.

the same is true for the kindle version of this book. the content is good but the ebook format is bad. so if you really want to buy this, then get the paper format instead.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Someone wasn't paying attention to the placement of the images in relation to the text which makes it unreadable. This needs to be fixed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Lighting Reference December 7, 2012
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This is an excellent lighting reference for photographers. Specific lighting situations are depicted, explained, and diagrammed so that it is easy to understand the reasons why the lighting was set up a certain way, and what the outcome was.

This will become one of my spiral-bound reference books, to be carried to shoots to ensure I don't miss something when setting up lighting.

This is a must-have volume for lighting - and I look forward to Volume 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking My Photography to the Next Level December 15, 2012
By jsteck
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While I use lights and have done so in a variety of settings, I'm always working to improve my skills. This book will help me do just that. I like the clear descriptions and drawings that show lighting, camera and model placement. I also appreciate that the photos and set ups begin with just one light and expand from there. It's perfect for my needs and has some amazing photos for inspiration too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book showed up when I needed it!!! August 13, 2014
Perfect book, perfect timing. Just added some new equipment to my studio and ready to take my work to the next level. I have most of the lighting technique books by Christopher Grey and Kirk Tuck. Both authors write excellent, solid reference books on how to set up the studio and light the subject. I reread their books often. But now i need something with more pizzaz and I found it in Nguyen's book. BTW, If you are a newbie, I would recommend purchasing Grey's books first, as this book is for advanced hobbyist and professionals. There is a brief glossary, but the assumption is that you know your way around the studio.

I've commented in several reviews to NOT buy "technique" books from kindle as it is extremely difficult to follow the text and find the image that accompanies the text, but this is not the case here. The layout of this book is smart and geared for both print and digital media. Each chapter features one image, one studio setup and the instructions. I had no problem reading this book on my iPad. And at the price of $4.99 this is a no brainer.

I also appreciated that he separates his information into: Lighting, Camera Settings and his personal comments under "About the Image." Scott Kelby and other photographers love to go on about everything under the sun; stupid jokes, personal anecdotes, favorite music, food, etc. O.K. at times, but it gets old and tiresome. The worse perpetrator is Dan Margulis. I have entire pages crossed out in his Photoshop books so I can sort out the information from his endless meanderings and philosophies. Some of you might have time to read all that junk, but the majority of times I just need the set-up, f-stop or photoshop feature and get my work done!!!

My favorite image is of rap artist, Trend, in the subway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial March 25, 2013
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The diagrams were helpful, his shots inspiring and provided clear dialogue. The author is a bit dramatic describing, but otherwise well written. I will definitely buy volume two. Nguyen has a straightforward approach and shares his information openly. This is a book geared towards a new to mid-level shooter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing diagrams
Wonderful, detailed book. This is exactly what I needed to visualize with lighting set ups as a novice photographer. Fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by LaTina Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy investment
Cannot say enough good things about this book. I love the fact that he is so passionate about getting the shot that he will go to great lengths to do so. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joe The Nikon Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars but the concept behind the images so you can better understand what's...
This photographer gives you not only the set up explained in a diagram, but the concept behind the images so you can better understand what's going on in his head. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
Pretty good book, gives a lot of ideas for shots. Though it provides a quite unnecessary detailes (like lenses used) but lacks very important detailes (like ratio of different... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Simple steps on how to take awesome images. Thank you Quavondo! I recommend this book to everyone interested in lighting.
Published 14 months ago by chaz.photo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, informative book
Great, no fluff book. The layout is great (show a photo, then show a set-up diagram and description). A really good reminder that lighting can be super simple, or really complex. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeff Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Started on Flash? Must Buy!!
LOVED IT! Helped a lot with some of the lighting questions I had. I'm normally a natural light shooter, but I was missing something to get into flash. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bob Zamudio
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point
Very useful, great pictures and..thankfully Quavondo didn't waste our time with
unnecessary pages (justo for fill) about gear and hard and soft light. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pedro Schmitt
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks!
very good good printing good material over all worth it very nice i love it still reading and reading thank you!
Published 19 months ago by myql
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instructional Book
Easy to understand writing style and presentation. Lighting diagrams aid in understanding the lighting concepts used in the images. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bluex
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