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The Art of Photographic Lighting (English and English Edition) Paperback – October 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1933952758 ISBN-10: 193395275X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (October 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193395275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952758
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eib Eibelshaeuser holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is currently a faculty member at the University of Applied Sciences, Duesseldorf, Germany in the Design and Photography Department.

Since 1977 Eib has continued to be a guest lecturer for the principles of image creation and design in the Faculty of Graphic Design at the College of Art in Reykjavik, Iceland.

He is the author of three successful books in Germany.

Customer Reviews

I feel this is an excellent supplementary text for anyone learning photographic lighting.
Charles Heisterkamp
I think the book will have a direct impact on the quality and creative components of my work and that's pretty exciting.
Joe D
Maybe of academic interest but I can't see many photographers being particularly thrilled by it.
renaissance geek

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Heisterkamp on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is really more a reference encyclopedia than a textbook.

The author is clearly very knowledgeable about light theory, the history of light, and the different types of lights that are available. I suspect much of the basic information provided on the different construction of various light bulbs will neither be of interest nor much use to most photographers.

However, there are several valuable chapters such as "Light and Shade" and "Controlling Light" that are well worth reading. In addition the sections on hard and soft light, direct and indirect light are very useful.

I feel this is an excellent supplementary text for anyone learning photographic lighting. For schools teaching photography, I'd recommend they include this book in their libraries.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
Photographer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By renaissance geek on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm slightly struggling with The Art Of Photographic Lighting; the main problem being I can't really see who it's aimed at. We start with a very technical discussion of light sources down to the construction of the bulbs. Maybe of academic interest but I can't see many photographers being particularly thrilled by it. Following that we have a moderately technical though very good pair of sizeable chapters on light and shade and controlling light. Finally a whole chunk of fluffy hand-wavy chapters on different lighting conditions. It's not that I particularly dislike any section of it or even think any of it is bad it's just such a mish-mash of both content and style that it's hard to see the target audience. The initial technical section I would expect to see on a college library shelf. The central section I thought was excellent and would happily buy as a book on its own. For me the centre section comes the closest to living up to the book's premise. The final section I found somewhat frustrating. There were lots of nice images to give you inspiration but the text was in almost every case lacking in any sort of technical detail as to how the images were constructed or shot. It was more a lot of chapters on where to look for pictures than on the lighting in them which was a bit of a let-down considering the title of the book.

The Art Of Photographic Lighting would be an excellent addition the library of a school or college running photography courses where it can be dipped in and out of as needed but I question whether it's a must have book for any lone photographer's bookshelf.
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The Art of Photographic Lighting is not like any of the many photography books that I've purchased, hoped to find useful, then discounted as no more than a collection of someone's pretty pictures. The Art of Photographic Lighting is a solid reference book, supported by foundation and solid application examples.

The Art of Photographic Lighting shifts from a more conceptual opening to a very practical and detailed dissection of natural and artificial lighting of every major technology type and sub category. Each type of lighting's strengths and weaknesses is indicated, as well as the typical photographic applications. Following this detail is a large section that addresses color temperature, the nature of light and shade and methods and basis for controlling all through the managed use of: reflection, diffusion, hard light, soft light, umbrellas, soft boxes, ring lights, color infusion, light painting and, of course, natural light.

Along with each presentation is an illustration of the type of light and shadow tools and techniques will produce. Some of the referenced tools are expensive, some are downright cheap. In many instances, techniques are shown to get the same results from natural light that one would think required artificial light. Patience seemed to be the added ingredient. Half an hour of reading offered enough insight for me to change my approach to an active project to a more correct approach that requires only 10% of the original planned expenditure.

My copy of The Art of Photographic Lighting is sitting on my studio work table, dog eared and marked up. It is a tool for every day use by photographers of virtually every skill level, amateur or professional. I think the book will have a direct impact on the quality and creative components of my work and that's pretty exciting. The book is not going to teach me all there is to know about lighting, but it is going to help make me a better photographer in a meaningful way.
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Lighting...is where the rubber meets the road, photographically speaking. When I hold up a blank sheet of printer paper or a Gray Card, and ask my students, "What color is this?"...they never give the most correct answer. They fail to realize that it's not white...until you light it white. I love pointing the Lads in the direction of "The Art of Photographic Lighting," and watching them begin to understand some of what's behind the quantity, quality, direction and color of light. The simple cube and sphere illustrations make crystal clear some very complex principles. I was much impressed with the manner in which author Eib Eibelshaeuser demonstrated how to use and craft light into "the art of photographic lighting". Students who thumbed through the book and nodded their heads, "I've got this"...ended up coming back to the book time and time again...realizing that really controlling light took considerably more understanding than they first anticipated. Thankfully, this resource was on my classroom bookshelf to shed light on the subject!
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