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The title of this book talks about lighting a photo, so it should come as no surprise that there are photos and then 3d renderings of how the lighting was done. Pretty normal for this type of book. The reason I wasn't too impressed was that the author spends a good deal of time talking about who took the shot, where that person is from, other things he/she has shot, what they were doing at the time they took this photo, why they were there that day, etc. That's a lot more than I want to read if I'm just trying to learn how to light an image. Furthermore, some of the shots only look the way the do because of extensive post-shot editing (ie Photoshop) and the author says things like "... in this case the combination of a staged studio shot and 2 pictures of smoke." OK... but if there's a lot of post editing, it's hard to tell how much this lighting set-up contributed to the look and feel.

One thing that would have made this book much better would be if they had shown the same shot in a few different lighting set-ups. It wouldn't be practical since the author just used other photographers' work and put it all together, but it would have been very educational. I would prefer a book that had the differences shown that way.

I wasn't very impressed with this book. I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
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