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Studio Lighting Anywhere: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Lighting on Location and in Small Spaces Paperback – June 1, 2011
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"If I knew half as much about photography as my colleague Joe Farace knows, I’d be a better photographer." Russell Hart, executive editor, American Photo
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If you really want the straight skinny on "studio lighting anywhere," check Joe McNally and David Hobby. They'll tell you, and perhaps more importantly, show you how it's done with the stuff you can carry around.
Since I wrote this I found that I wanted to add a bit more. I bought a PLM (parabolic light modification system) from Alien Bees a few months ago and I love it! It's fast becoming my favorite lighting. See pages 37 and 38 of this book.
If you know next to nothing about available lighting options and like a lot of brand name product recommendations, you may get something out of this book, yet even then there are others that would work better for you.
Text is very generalized and the author barely goes into detail on any of the subjects he brings up. For the authors answer to the title, studio lighting anywhere, he sums up his opinion in one sentence: "..in my quest to find the smallest, lightest, most versatile three-light system for on-location portraits, I came up with a kit that uses three speedlights."
The remainder of the book is basically just a product guide.
Of the approximately 10 Amherst Media books I have read this is the worst I have read thus far. Don't waist your time or money on this one.
Farace also provides a great overview of things to consider when lighting a portrait, i.e. modifiers, backgrounds, using speedlights, etc. And he provides a variety of sample portraits from a number of different photographers, which was helpful in demonstrating how different set ups and light sources can impact a portrait.
You know, basically, the title of this book is a good indicator of what you'll find within. I saw the title and thought it would be very useful for me. And it is a great addition to my bookshelf, in my ongoing efforts to fine tune my photography skills, knowledge and experience.