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    Books to read about lighting?

    What books must absolutely be read about lighting?

    I shoot b/w, and I need to learn about the absolute basics: types of light, effects of lights on faces, types of faces that go with certain lights etc.

    thanks!

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    Not a book but good info. http://www.paulcbuff.com/sfe.php

    When I was learning how I looked around at various sources of pictures, when I found one I liked I would figure out from the shadows, glow, and catchlights where the lights were placed to get that photo and then try to emulate it.

    In this process a good flash meter is really important with studio strobes so that you can measure the difference between the various lights in play.

    After a bit of practice I started to see the tell tale signs automatically. Catch lights are a dead giveaway as are shadows on a face going one way and in the background going another.

    For a book try The Hot Shoe Diaries. http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Shoe-Diari.../dp/0321580141 it's Nikon centric but the principles are good and applicable with most.
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    Hunter, Biver, Fuqua, Light--Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting is comprehensive and a classic.

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    The classic text is "Light: Science & Magic." Very complete reference.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Hunter, Biver, Fuqua, Light--Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting...
    This is an excellent recommendation. Start with this one if you can. You may well not need anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
    This is an excellent recommendation. Start with this one if you can. You may well not need anything else.

    au contraire mon frere

    that would be akin to a med student reading ONLY Gray's Anatomy.
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    Try over at PhotoCamel. They have an excellent section on lighting with great moderators and examples. Who needs a book with that ref online.

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