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Lighting the Nude Hardcover – January, 2003
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About the Author
Roger Hicks and Frances Shultz are writers and photographers who have collaborated on several books. Alex Larg has worked in commercials, movies, and television, as well as photography. Jane Wood writes and edits educational books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. Great photos - interesting techniques on topics ranging from classical nude to outdoor nude, accessories/props to hair/makeup.
2. Good taste - this is NOT a book filled with sleazy / low-class photos of naked women. I find all of them tending towards modern, fine art types.
3. Superb format - Minimal text with essential descriptions, simple diagrams showing the studio setup, camera settings
4. Good value - Hardcover with 400 over pages (each with clear examples), printed in in full color on glossy paper.
I use this book as a source of ideas and to experiment with different lighting setups.
There are numerious books on this topic, and I've read many others. This book is similar to "Lighting for Nude Photography" (also by Rotovision) - "Lighting The Nude" is twice as thick and provides more ideas/techniques. If you like Prolighting series books - which has great illustrations and simple instructions, you will love this. But if you like long-winded, text-intensive book, telling you stories about each picture, then this is not for you. Another book I like is "Successful Glamour Photography" by John Kelly but this book is a little old now.
I first bought one 3 months ago and last week I bought another two: one for a gift to a fellow photographer, the other to have as a spare when the one I'm using in the studio gets worn.
The lighting techniques described in there are not only useful for nudes, they are also useful for artistic portraits, glamour photography, etc.
I wish I'd known before buying this book, however, that it includes the complete contents of three Pro Lighting series titles (i.e., Nudes, Erotica and Provocative Shots). The Pro Lighting Series books are great, but you don't need to buy those three if you buy _Lighting the Nude_.
Some of the photographic techniques seem rather dated but my main complaint with the book (considering that it was reprinted in 2006) is that it barely acknowledges the way that digital has taken over the industry. The authors dwell on types of film used when in many cases that film is no longer available. Here and there digital is mentioned (barely) and while nothing has changed about the lighting, the loving details about film are kind of worthless in this day and age. Doubtless some will find these details useful. I did not.
In short, the treatment of the lighting was full and well done, if not fully up to date. The photographic techniques left you wondering how to do it with today's equipment.
A good book but don't expect up-to-date equipment and techniques.
The book nicely done, with excellent photos on the right-hand pages, and lighting diagrams on the left. And it's less expensive than the individual books were in 1997, and even less expensive than getting the individual books used.