- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (September 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240807634
- ISBN-13: 978-0240807638
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Motion Picture and Video Lighting (Volume 3) 2nd Edition
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1. This comes with a great DVD that shows visually the difference between many types of hard and soft light as well as numerous light placements and types of bounce. A lot of people who get into film are visual learners, and this DVD is awesome for those of us who like to look at something for results based on how the lighting is set up.
2. I love that Blaine gives such a detailed description of how electricity works. This is something that is very difficult to learn unless it's really laid out there for you. The book is almost worth it just for this section.
3. The pictures int his book are great. They are from very accessible movies and are great examples of each thing that Blaine is trying to show.
Along with Blaine Brown's cinematography book you really only need to get two books to get a great understanding of the medium. I would never recommend reading over real world experience. But by being on set and reading this book you'll be off to a great start.
The tips in the book are excellent, found a couple of handy ones that gave me some new ideas on handling old problems. What was super helpful was the discussion of setups. Perhaps less so, the in depth review of every lighting unit, it seems, out there but you'll darn sure know what the options are once you go over that.
The lighting setups were the most interesting to me but there were not too many of them. Perhaps that's not the focus of the book but it would have been more useful if there had been about 4x as many setups in different situations. My assessment is more for Motion Picture lighting and major production studio video than any run and gun or smaller video shoots. I just wish there had been a lot more setups that were not major production setups and more ordinary stuff a business video would run into along with a bit more discussion of why something was done and what else could have been used.
Clearly the author is a wizard with lighting, I hope in the next edition he goes down in size to working videographers who shot weddings, interiors, stores, interviews, cars, etc. I'd buy it first one off the press, be that digital or hard copy!