books on lighting

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  1. wayne naughton

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    i'm after a couple of books on contemporary studio lighting. preferably not too technical, just something that explains current fx and lighting plans

    mainly for portraiture/dance/figure

    many thanks

    wayne
     
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    Some are even for free !!!
    Check the site of Broncolor, they have quite a few .pdf 's

    Peter
     
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    ross lowell's Matters of Light & Depth
    some of the amphoto portrait series aren't too bad.
    the problems with lighting books is that often times
    it is nearly impossible to understand their schematic diagrams ..
    ross lowell's Matters of Light & Depth is great ...
    some of the amphoto portrait series aren't too bad.

    good luck
    john
     
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    wayne naughton

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    thankyou gentlemen, i wonder if there's anything written about sven nykvist....i can vaguely remember a very long documentary that went into great detail about his lighting techniques.... maybe a little out of date, but gee he was good
     
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    "Light, Science and Majic."

    It covers the theory of lighting objects. Once you understand the theory, all the other books (with their diagrams and step by step how to instrusctions) will be easier to understand and adapt to what you want to accomplish.
     
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    Sounds good, but I did not find those... do you have a link for us? :smile:
     
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    Absolutely agree with this suggestion. This is the book I learned the basics of lighting. It is well written, with a lot of illustrations.
     
  8. I, too, will suggest "Light: Science and Magic" by Fill Hunter, et al.

    It's superbly written: accessible, readable, and comprehensible. Most every lighting situation is covered (natural, ambient/existing and studio) with accompanying diagrams and photographs. Once you go through this book, any other book will be a supplement. I can't recommend it enough.

    Also, try some of the books published by AVA: http://www.avabooks.ch/index.php/ava/booklist/Photography.
     
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    @Klopstock: www.broncolor.com , I access them mostly through Photal , the dutch importer.
    Look for their magazine.
    English and German versions.

    Kodak had a book called Creative Lighting Techniques, pretty good aswell.

    Peter
     
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    Light science and magic is sold by Amazon, It's one of the best books I have ever read on lighting, and I recommend it too .
     
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    anything by dean collins. i'm not sure how many books he did, but he did a few video series, of which i have found good enough to grab myself a copy a year or so back.

    ANTHING by Dean Collins. he was the teacher that tought teachers on lighting.

    -dan
     
  12. Given to me by my boss at Kodak:
    Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography, David Falk, Dieter Brill, David Stork; Copyright 1986 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    ISBN 0-471-60385-6

    Steve
     
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    One of the single most useful sources of information on lighting for me has been strobist.com. Even though it's a web-site that's largely targeted at digital shooters using small portable flashes and I shoot film and use bigger monolights, most of the lighting concepts are universal and David Hobby has a true talent for hitting just the right mix of theory and practice in his posts and explanations that I learn the most from.