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Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Grey's writing is conversational and witty, which is a blessing when one is digesting material that, in duller texts, can quickly veer off into technical mumbo jumbo. In addition to his lighting information, he sprinkles every chapter with plenty of useful advice - things he's learned during his 30-year career - for saving money, choosing backdrops, building trust with subjects, capturing better expressions and much, much more. I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in portrait photography. The photographs alone are well worth the purchase price, but the lessons enabling readers to create similarly stunning photos make the book an extremely good value.
With his diagrams, accompanying photos, and explanations, Mr. Grey has opened my eyes to light and lighting options in ways I hadn't realized...and now makes me look far more carefully at portraits than ever before, to appreciate how the lighting and well placed shadows emphasize the client's best qualities.
I confess I hesitated before buying a "mere" 128 page book, and quickly realized he cuts out the usual fluff and shares "secrets" freely. One must savor each page's wisdom, rather than rushing through it, to greatly enhance your skills.
Learn about key light characteristics, softboxes, hair lights, different umbrella effects, lighting ratios and so on...you needn't use some or all on every session, it's there to just let you know how to use these when and if a situation arises...and you'll have the knowlege of how to use them without recreating or reshooting the wheel!
Whether you are a film or a digital photographer, this gives knowledge that benefits either medium, by encouraging you to creatively previsualize the lighting of finished product, long before you click the shutter.
While it's far easier for me to properly light a subject before shooting (I am comfortable with film and slowly learning digital/Photoshop) it gives hints that can be used creatively in "Photoshopping" an image later, in the computer, to enhance a mood, or de-emphasize a highight accordingly. (Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 3rd ed. is quite helpful, as is Scott Kelby's comfortably cookbook aproach in his Photoshop CS book for Digital Photographers).
This is a pearl that deserves to be read appreciatively, savoring each page at a time!
First of all, for some photography books, a technical background like mine is a must. Not so for this book- it is full of information that is very clearly presented without techno-babble.
This book is an engaging read which is both instructive during the first read, and a great reference every time you pick it up.
I found it very valuable that there were pictures that showed the result of lighting a subject in many different ways with a particular light modifier. It was almost as if I had a studio with all that equipment and could experiment on my own. By the time I got to my studio-based class, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do and how to do it.
A great buy because you will need many books to replace the insight that this single book provides!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome product at a great price and very fast shipping. I recommend this product!Published 1 month ago by Charles A. Wynn
This turned my photography from amature to pro. Light is everything! This is a must read for everyone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg
Not bad but I don't care for the photography examples in the book. If I don't like the authors work it takes away from the effectiveness of his teaching, even though he knows... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph A. Pizzimenti
I think this for for people that mostly do portraits, because there is a lot of different equipment needed to replicate the example.Published 5 months ago by Gale F.
I learned a great deal from this book and it has stood the test of time. I have revisited it over and over and will do so again. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SilverLux
New to studio lighting, I've learned how to identify and set up several commonly recognized portrait lighting setups in the studio, and am learning terms I'd never pick up outside... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pilot Mark in Arizona, USA
A great introduction to photographic lighting. I really appreciate the way the author reveals the magic of studio lighting by explaining it in simply physics. Just buy it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer