- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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.
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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.
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.
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.