what is the best book about studio lighting you have ever read and you would recommend to others? its quite hard to make a right choice because there are hundeds of books,with diverse reviews
Jun 03 08 01:45 pm Link
Lowell, Massachusetts, US
perhaps I'm just picky or have ADD, but I haven't seen one that was worth the price. For lighting concepts, there's plenty of free info available. However, for actual learning, trial and error (and equip) is the way to go.
Jun 03 08 01:50 pm Link
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
What do you want? ligthing for products? for fashion?, bridal?, portraits?, still life?, food?, product shots?. the best you can do is get one that is focused in the area you want to learn they will have more depth in the matters you want to learn that a general all stuff book.
Jun 03 08 02:02 pm Link
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Light science magic is a must for anyone that intends to use studio lighting....but it will not teach you "butterfly", "rembrant", "paramount", "rim"....but you must read this.
Others that I found worthwhile include Lighting and the dramatic portrait.
Most others are unoriginal and/or repetitive.
Best of luck.
Jun 03 08 02:06 pm Link
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Steve Bavister series he has one for product other for fashion and I think one for glamour. Great stuff, diagrams and explanations without bs.
Jun 03 08 02:11 pm Link
I've just got this one http://www.amazon.ca/Lighting-Portrait- … 464&sr=8-4.
I am noob in this area and I love to have paper reading materials in the bed.
Very simple to follow; photos and lighting diagrams with short explanations-exactly what I like.
Jun 03 08 02:12 pm Link
Sacramento, California, US
Lots of stuff out there; don't buy unless it has diagrams! webphotoschool.com (via Photoflex) is also a great subscription-based tutorial site.
Jun 03 08 02:16 pm Link
San Ramon, California, US
I agree. Trial and error works best for me since the books always have a certain brand of light and a certain brand of camera and a certain type of backdrop. Plus the models they use look like the photographers inbreed cousin
Jun 03 08 02:17 pm Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Not a book, but you might check this free webinar sponsored by Bogen.
http://www.bogenimaging.us/Jahia/site/b … /pid/17283
Jun 03 08 02:42 pm Link
SHERMAN OAKS, California, US
I got that one, and this one as well
Jun 03 08 06:16 pm Link
El Segundo, California, US
* Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua's Light--Science and Magic. Discusses all the technical fundamentals of lighting.
(MM Thread on Light Science and Magic)
* Ross Lowell's Matters of Light and Depth. Originally written for cinematographers, Matters of Light and Depth discusses more of the mood, emotional, and reactive responses to lighting. Works extremely well in conjunction with Light-Science and Magic.
Both are conceptual, and work across all genre of photography. Once the foundations are solid, genre-specific (portraiture, for example) can be investigated. (Or learn some genre-specific recipes then study the fundamentals, if that's the way you learn best.)
Also, check out the Lighting Mod's 12 must-read photography books blog, which lists mostly lighting-specific books.
Jun 03 08 11:27 pm Link
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Jun 03 08 11:34 pm Link
Sarina, Queensland, Australia
Check this book out we'll worth the dollars
Jun 20 13 11:41 pm Link
Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
Frankly, I haven't read most of the books recommended above so I can't say it's the best, but I found David Hobby's Strobist website to be the most useful of all the information I found out there.
Jun 21 13 08:51 am Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
I would recommend kelbytraining.com @ $25.00 a month - tons of great video tutorials on all photography/photoshop topics, including lighting by some masters of the craft.
Jun 21 13 09:25 am Link
Hammonton, New Jersey, US
Geyer Studio wrote:
It does teach you all of those lighting profiles besides butterfly & loop (those two can be learned online very fast anyways).
Jun 21 13 07:42 pm Link
Hammonton, New Jersey, US
Eros Studios wrote:
This is the best advice you're going to get. I used Kelby for 1 month and think that it's okay but really most of what I learned was Photoshop techniques that can also be learned via using Google or by buying Scott Kelbys book.
Jun 21 13 07:45 pm Link
Salem, Oregon, US
check out creativelive. i've learned a lot from those workshops from the likes of lindsay adler and others.
also, there's no replacement for lots and lots of experimentation. play with your lights and modifiers and see what setups you can come up with.
rim, kicker and hair lights sometimes can make all the difference depending on the genre. people talk about using one light but i often use 4 or 5 and could easily use 7 (assuming 2 to light the background).
Jun 21 13 09:56 pm Link
Southaven, Mississippi, US
That Science and Magic one, the reviews say it doesn't show diagrams and is hard to follow if you don't already have a lot of lighting experience. I need something that gives me ideas and tells me why.
Jun 21 13 10:01 pm Link
Englewood, Colorado, US
Fine Light series by Dean Collins are some of best ever (books and videos) and I would highly recommend to others. Books by Bill Norman on "Depth of Light" and "Depth of Field" are also great tutorials and highly recommended.
Jun 21 13 10:27 pm Link
Puyallup, Washington, US
GCobb Photography wrote:
I don't know what reviews are saying there are no lighting diagrams but they're completely false. Every version of Light, Science and Magic is chock full of lighting diagrams.
Jun 22 13 01:13 am Link
Olympia, Washington, US
When I first started learning about lighting I found Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers by Christopher Grey (a fellow MMer) to be very helpful. I would also recommend Light Science & Magic.
Jun 22 13 07:17 am Link
Tampa, Florida, US
Another vote for "Light Science and Magic"
Jun 22 13 07:43 am Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
L S & M
Once you have gone through that, the rest of anybody else will make more sense.
You can get a book with neat diagrams, and follow slavishly and get good photos, but you will not understand "light". If you understand light, then experimenting will actually teach you something, and you can go beyond the cookie cutter books.
Jun 29 13 01:43 am Link
Fairfax, Virginia, US
Eduardo Frances wrote:
Jun 29 13 03:16 am Link
Washington, District of Columbia, US
If you are working in Fashion/Beauty genre might look at this http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Cookbook … 0817442316
Jun 29 13 03:37 am Link
New York, New York, US
I find that videos for lighting are much more effective than books. Books are flat and have diagrams. Videos actually show you where the light lands and what the shadows look like and you can see it in more than one dimension and angle. I have lots of books on photography and I find that the author often likes to hear himself talk more than teach. Light Science Magic is a great book but I can't get through it without falling asleep. I prefer to skip the tech talk and show me like a five year old where and how and let me figure out the small details.
Jun 29 13 04:14 am Link
Statesboro, Georgia, US
I've never read a book on the subject as i found Zack Arias' One Light Workshop and David Hobby's video tutorials to be pretty good at explaining the basics of lighting. I tried to make it through all of Sue Bryce's videos but she just put me to sleep.
Jun 29 13 11:10 am Link
Somerset, New Jersey, US
I went to the book store grab coffee and all the lighting books on the shelf. sat in the corner and took home the ones that I like.
Jun 29 13 11:17 am Link
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Not a textbook, but an excellect working guide to great portrait lighting!
Shoot - Studio Sessions - Peter Brew-Bevan
Excellent book! (Though expensive)
Jun 30 13 02:15 pm Link
Helena, Alabama, US
I'd vote for "Light Science and Magic".
Also a website you might like to visit... Strobox.com
It has numerous images with lighting diagrams and descriptions of equipment.
Jul 02 13 04:29 pm Link
Fresno, California, US
These are some of the best books I have found.
This is one of the best books on glamour photography Pro Techniques of Beauty & Glamour Photography (Hp Photobooks) [Paperback]
http://www.amazon.com/Techniques-Beauty … +bernstein
Really good book for EP and Commercial work Pro Techniques of People Photography [Mass Market Paperback] http://www.amazon.com/Techniques-People … im_sbs_b_2
Jul 02 13 04:54 pm Link
Paterson, New Jersey, US
I do not claim "best."
However, though my book "Studio Portrait Photography in Black & White" (Amherst Media) was published in 2000, the material still applies today.
"Studio portrait photography, unlike natural light or environmental portrait photography, offers photographers unparalleled opportunities to reflect the character and individuality of their subjects. This book shows how black-and-white studio photography emphasizes this ability by removing the distractions of color. Every step is explained, showing how to create sensual beauty images, cutting-edge fashion shots, powerful images of athletes, romantic wedding portraits, sweet images of children, and emotional images of couples. Discussions on proper equipment, lighting, and development procedures make it easy for photographers to replicate or adapt the ideas in their studio."
I think you will enjoy this book.
All the best,
Jul 03 13 05:22 pm Link