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    Encyclopdia of Photographic Lighting?

    Hi all,

    Looking for encyclopedic or otherwise great reference books on lighting and lighting techniques. I really enjoy having reference books that I can keep on a shelf and forever retreat to in order to refresh my mind and come up with new ideas. I still have many of my old View Camera Technique and similar books that sit on a shelf and every once in a while I'll retreat to them and without fail I always get something useful out of them still to this day. Now I'm wondering if there are any books that people recommend as a solid reference for lighting. I've never had many lighting books and everything I know has been learned either on my own or through observation of other photographers and I'd like to bury myself in a good lighting reference book if it exists. I think I'm looking for something more of a large reference as opposed to instructional. Looking at some of my old view camera books, they cover everything including theory, equipment, technique, approach, examples of the results of using different techniques and tools, etc. Does something like this exist for lighting? Any and all recommendations are greatly appreciated.

    To clarify, no real restrictions here. I'm interested in all kinds of lighting that applies to all types of photography. Thank you!
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    One of the books that I enjoy refering to is "Set Up Your Home Studio" by the Kodak Library of Creative Photography.
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    Although I don't think this recommendation is by any means Encyclopedic, I do think it offers a very interesting take on lighting that, coupled with other books, would give you a really valuable perspective.

    William Mortensen's Pictorial Lighting.

    The book revolves around the use of 2 lights and a background, to create a variety of different effects. He compares the Western world's use of lighting (in painting) to the Eastern world, particularly Japan. How many other books go into a more general aesthetic of pictorial lighting?

    Like I said, it's a totally unique take on it!

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    Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

    Explains a lot and has some assignments in it as wel. Interesting read.
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    Until you feel like you can get no more from a single light (with or without a single reflector) I would not worry about getting a catalog of techniques. This advice from Christopher Broadbent on the large format forum was the best I have ever received. A year into portrait photography on various formats, and I am still working with ideas with one light. I now have several modifiers with grids and what not, and a huge high power strobe instead of a Speedlight, but it is still one light. Still learning. Amazing what you can do with one light.

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    amphoto has a great series of lighting books,
    like most of them there are images, and diagrams

    the pro-lightening series books have really easy to understand diagrams.

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    A second vote for Light - Science and Magic: an introduction to photographic lighting by Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua.

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    A third for Light: Science and Magic

    - Leigh
    “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” - Plato

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    Ross Lowell of Lowell lights puts out an extremely entertaining book "Matters of Light and Depth" ISBN0-96625404-0-0.
    If you want a truely encyclopaedic book see "Lighting for Portraiture" by Walter Nurnberg from Focal Press in many printings 1948 to at least 1969
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    FWIW; Jay Zuga's Lighting Guide, distilled from his work with Monty Zucker.

    Cheers,
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