Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots! In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights. Follow along with Syl and you will: Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots With Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only how light behaves—you’ll learn all you need to know to get started on the journey of creating and controlling light in order to make great shots. And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you get great shots at flickr.com/groups/lightingfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
Author: Dirk Fletcher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-10-28
Improve your lighting technique to produce better quality photographs Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies features the tools, concepts, and steps you need to give your subjects a high-quality look and feel. Everyone from advanced beginners to aspiring professional photographers will improve their understanding of lighting basics as well as the parts and functions of their camera. Explains the different kinds of lighting that different situations require and guides you through changing the settings on your camera Shows you how to set up equipment to capture the photograph you want with the proper amount of light and shadow Offers information on the latest lighting equipment and accessories Includes techniques and skills used by film photographers like David Bailey, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz Reach for Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies and take your knowledge of lighting and photography to the next level!
Author: Harold Davis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-09-14
How to make digital photography lighting more creative—and less challenging! How do you master the art of lighting your photographs? Go beyond the basics, go beyond the "rules," and get creative with the help of renowned photographer Harold Davis. In this book, Harold shows you how to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and create unique, lively, and beautifully lit photographs. Packed with tips and tricks as well as stunning examples of the author’s creativity, this book will both inform and inspire you to create your own lighting style. Teaches you when and how to control the light in your photographs Reviews the basic “rules” of digital photography lighting and shows you how to break the rules to create your own uniquely lit images Helps you start building a lighting style of your own Includes stunning examples of the author’s photography and lighting techniques Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned digital photographer, you'll find ideas and techniques to spark your creativity.
Helping photographers skilled in basic digital imaging take their images to the next level, Montizambert here addresses the latest advances in digital technology, then provides techniques for colour balancing, exposure and monitor calibration. Also discussed are colour printing methods, as well as using Adobe photoshop for such modifications as colour and contrast control, advanced sharpening and professional artistic techniques, including the digital equivalent of light painting!
As photography grew as an art form, so did the technology that backed it up. In particular, lighting styles changed to reflect both the advancing technology and the changing social mores of each decade. As fashion and society changed, so did photography. Moving from the 1910s to the 1960s, Christopher Grey walks readers step-by-step through several shoots designed to emulate the lighting styles of each period, providing practical guidance as well as a history of portrait photography.
Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: The Ilex Press Ltd
Release Date: 2004-02-01
Light is the key element in photography - it both creates the image and defines its style. How does light work, both inside and outside the digital camera? What do you need to know about sensitivity, colour temperature, and exposure? Light & Lighting, through exploring the capabilities of digital cameras and the theory of light, helps you put theory into practice and shoot like a pro.
Author: Don Giannatti
Publisher: Amherst Media
Release Date: 2012-04-01
The core goal of photography is representing subjects that have depth and texture in a medium that inherently lacks both those qualities, and this book shows the best way to rise to that challenge: through the careful application and capture of lighting. It demonstrates how to accentuate or minimize textures, add or subtract highlights, and create or combat shadows to showcase the subjects in the best way and create the illusion of a third dimension in the images. Exploring techniques for lighting portraits, still-life subjects, nature images, and architectural shots, both studio and location lighting are covered in detail. The book teaches photographers how to study their subjectsÑwith all of the textures, colors, shapes, and surfaces they haveÑthen visualize the image as a finished photograph before the photography actually begins. With chapters that thoroughly cover the science of lighting and visualization, photographers can apply that knowledge and successfully create artful images.
Author: Michael Meadhra
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-06-09
Even with digital cameras and automatic exposure, lighting and exposure remain the most difficult element to master in the quest for quality photography. This book, written by a professional photographer for photographers, provides real-world advice to help you achieve true creative control over lighting and exposure. Discover how to take your digital photos to the next level with the scores of lighting diagrams, techniques, and stunning full-color photographs. Order your copy today!
Author: Jon Tarrant
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts
Jon Tarrant offers practical guidance on equipment, guidance on technique and information about some of the underlying theories that apply to photographic lighting. Starting from general principles and progressing through ever more specific details, he leads the reader towards a series of example images that show the application of photographic lighting in a wide variety of different situations. Anyone working with film or digital imaging will find this an essential reference source that is packed with both information and ideas. 'The Practical Guide to Photographic Lighting' is a comprehensive source that is fully illustrated with colour and black and white images which comprise not just final photographs but also intermediate and proof pictures that contributed towards the finished result. Jon Tarrant explains how different effects can be produced, and how to work with light to achieve polished pictures and a stunning range of creative images.
Author: Chris Bucher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-05-25
A rigorous practical guide to photographic lighting techniques, complete with hands-on assignments Offering digital photographers a complete course in photographic lighting, this book covers everything from using flash systems and studio lights to working outdoors in bright or low-light conditions. Full-color examples show how the right lighting can enhance color, improve contrast, and open the door to new creative possibilities.
Portraits preserve people Since the earliest portraits were scratched onto cave walls, we've developed increasingly sophisticated tools for capturing human likenesses. Yet the motivation has changed little -- to freeze a human image as an art form, a means of communication, a piece of personal history. Whether formalized with elaborate settings and lighting or snapped at the beach to hold forever the pure joy in a child's face, portraits preserve people. Today's digital technology offers flexibility, economy, and almost limitless tools for perfecting your images, and these experts help you use it. * Discover the skills you need to move from serious amateur to professional photographer * Learn how a snapshot differs from a casual portrait * Identify what you want your portrait to communicate * Investigate lighting equipment and how to use it in different scenarios * Use natural or mixed light to create unique effects * Explore composition, posing, and handling challenges * Handle props, backgrounds, color, location shooting, and studio shots * Work with groups, children, and pets * Perfect image-editing methods and final-touch processes that produce high-quality, professional images * Find resources that can help you in setting up your own portrait business