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p.1 #1 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


i want to learn about studio lighting and general flash photography.
Any good books that I can refer to? I know it would be best to actually work and learn at a studio but my situation doesn't allow me to, so for now I would have to learn from a book.
Let me know if there's a good book about studio lighting.
Thanks!



Jul 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


I've been using the Flickr group Strobist along with Strobist.com to learn.(I've got a long way to go)


Jul 29, 2012 at 09:42 AM
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p.1 #3 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


I like "Making Light", here's a review of book 2: http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/making-light-2-advanced-use-of-off-camera-flash-review/


Jul 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM
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p.1 #4 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


Try Speedliter's Handbook by Syl Arena and On-camera Flash, Techniques for digital wedding and portrait photography by Neil van Niekerk. Hope those help


Jul 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #5 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


It depends on what you mean by "studio lighting" -- are you mostly interested in portraiture, fashion, product photography, or something else?

A great starting point, and what I and many others consider to be the bible of lighting, is Light -- Science and Magic.

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Magic-Fourth-Edition/dp/0240812255/

Once you've mastered the concepts of LS&M you'll understand how light behaves, and how to get it to behave the way you want it to. You'll then be better prepared for more-specific training related to your specialty.

If you do want to do portraits, I suggest Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook as a primer on the basics of classic posing and lighting.

http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Zuckers-Portrait-Photography-Handbook/dp/1584282134

With a firm grasp of the traditional lighting schemes you'll be able to modify them to fit your personal style and vision, but won't have wasted time and resources reinventing the wheel.

I have a couple of books each by Syl Arena and Neil van Niekerk, and while I think they're valuable resources, I wouldn't consider them to be devoted to studio photography as much as to location photography. I'd still recommend them, but not until you've read the first two I named.

Good luck, and have fun!



Jul 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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p.1 #6 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


thanks everyone for the suggestions.
Thanks Brian for the links. I think I'm definitely going to order the LS&M.
I'm mostly going to do portrait photography.



Jul 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #7 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


jaehoppa wrote:
...I'm mostly going to do portrait photography.


Monte Zucker's book would be a good one, then, after LS&M. He uses some non-standard terminology that he developed over his many years in the business -- shooting as well as teaching -- but none of it is contradictory to other terms you'll come across, just different. It all makes perfect sense when you think about it.

One of the strengths of his approach is that he delves into facial analysis; not just how to light a portrait subject, but why you'd light one person one way and another person another way. It's good stuff.

He's no longer with us, so no more seminars, but the book comes as close as we can get.



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p.1 #8 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


I swear by Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook, and Scott Kelby's Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it


Jul 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #9 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


Depends if you want to learn hot shoe flashes or studio strobes. Thought quite similar in end results technique wise Sly's book will be totally different than say Chris Grey's Studio Portraiture books.


Jul 30, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #10 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


Go to strobist.com
under the ads on the right there are pull down menus: "Lighting 101 Archive" and "Lighting 102 Archive"

no book needed, just a lot of time



Aug 05, 2012 at 05:38 AM
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p.1 #11 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


http://framednetwork.com/episodes/litup1/


Aug 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
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p.1 #12 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


I am learning a lot from Mr. chuck's website on lighting in addition to the the list already given above, like strobist.com, LS&M etc.,
http://photo.nova.org/
If you are using canon flash, then http://photo.nova.org/#Canon



Aug 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
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p.1 #13 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


If you are interested in a DVD on Studio Lighting check out:

www.photographydvds.com

or

www.photocardapps.com for the electronic version of the lighting cards that come with the DVD.




Aug 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #14 · Any good books to learn studio lighting and flash photography?


monte zucker's (my uncle) books and videos are fantastic as are clay blackmores. There's a wealth of material regarding posing, lighting, angles of the face, etc.


Aug 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM





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