- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd edition (March 21, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240808193
- ISBN-13: 978-0240808192
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 421 customer reviews
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Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Steven Biver, Virginia, USA, Commercial photographer, former clients include Adobe, Mobil, Newsweek, Black and Decker
Paul Fuqua, Virginia, USA, started his own audiovisual production company in 1970. Dedicated to teaching through visuals, he has written and produced educational and training material in a variety of fields, including law, science, and nature. His photography takes him all over the world, but he makes his home in Arlington, VA.
Fil Hunter is a highly respected commercial photographer specializing in still life and special effects photographs for advertising and editorial illustration. During a career spanning over three decades, he has worked for such clients as America Online, US News, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine (27 covers), the National Science Foundation, and National Geographic. He has taught photography at the university level and has served as technical consultant on a number of photographic publications. Mr. Hunter has won the Virginia Professional Photographer's Grand Photographic Award three times. He lives in Alexandria, VA.
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Finally, I found a book that actually teaches lighting concepts instead of the common "cookbook" type guides, through a recommendation! After searching Amazon, Light Science & Magic didn't even show up! After practicing the techniques, you will be able to creatively light anything.
While Light Science & Magic covers lighting concepts well, you should look elsewhere for equipment usage. There's some information about setting up a studio but it's too little to be very useful.
My library is mostly electronic these days. Shelf space for real books is reserved for only the most special, seasoned or useful writings. A new print book almost always never makes the grade. For photographers this book easily makes the cut.
The book delves reasonably deep into topics, but is arranged so you can assimilate new methods and tips with sporadic readings. Yes... this means this is a good bathroom reader.
This is certainly the best $21 I've spent in a great while.
The book is a bit technical and I will need to read it again... slowly... so that I can digest everything. But the level of detail is a good thing and totally worth the effort if you truly want to understand lighting for photography. Then again, some people may prefer a less technical book.
It covers photographing different types of subjects... reflective, clear, black, white, etc. It covers portraiture. Look at the table of contents.
In addition to explaining the science of why you need to light a certain type of subject a certain way to produce a certain result, it includes photos to illustrate these points. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, not all books do this. And the photos are in color, as they should be.
The bird's-eye-view diagrams that illustrate where to position the lights, reflectors, gobos, etc. are very very helpful. Again, not all books do this. Not all instructors want to take the time to do this. It makes a lot of difference. These are not lazy authors.
Quite frankly, the only thing I was not too crazy about was a figurine used in several of the the photos. But that is just a superficial subjective thing that does not take away from the quality of this book. Just saying for completeness. :)
In summary, there is just so much meat to this book that my review can't do it justice. Unless you are already a master photographer, I think there's something in here for you. I highly recommend this book.
- Detailed explanations that help you understand the science of lighting.
- Excellent photos that illustrate what techniques work and, also important, what doesn't.
- Bird's-eye-view diagrams that illustrate where to position the lights, reflectors, gobos, etc.
- none, unless an in-depth explanation of lighting is not for you. And we do have choices. :)