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    Mid Century Studio Portrait lighting book?

    Howdy,

    There has been a popular book that pops up from time to time on here in discussion from the mid 20th Century that is on Studio portrait lighting. For the life of me, I cannot remember its name or who the author is.

    Can anyone help with the book name and/or author?

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    Joseph Zeltsman?

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    william mortensen?

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    Charles Abel - Professional portrait lightings ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp498 View Post
    Charles Abel - Professional portrait lightings ?
    I think we have a winner!

    Cheers

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    It tends to be somewhat expensive - I paid around $170 for a copy last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ewins View Post
    It tends to be somewhat expensive - I paid around $170 for a copy last year.
    Yes, I know! There was one on here mid way through last year that went for below $100.....I am trying to seek out alternatives - I did come across this one last night:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Port.../dp/0817440208

    Looks to be a modern book trying to explain the techniques. I wonder if anyone has had any experience with this one and if it is worth while?

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    anyone know if the Abel book is in the public domain?

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    My reason for buying the Abel book was that it showed examples from specific lenses and the lighting that the photographer used. The Hollywood book seems to be aimed at recreating specific portrait styles, probably with modern equipment (i'm guessing that it won't have a section on retouching 8x10 negatives to soften focus). That might be more useful than the Abel book if that is what you want to do.

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    No, it is not in the public domain. should be available about 2042
    You may be interested in this
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...highlight=abel
    post 46
    "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).

    Regards
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