Please recommend a book about lighting technics

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  1. Steph

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    I am looking for a book to learn the basics of lighting. I am NOT new to photography (I perfectly understand ISO, shutter speed, aperture and exposure for ambient light) but I am a bit clueless when it comes to flash photography and more advanced lighting technics. I don't want a general book about photography with a few chapters about lighting. I want a more specific book that covers the following:

    - Basics about flash photography (the technical side)
    - Use of a single Speedlight (on and off camera)
    - Use of several Speedlights
    - Use of more advanced technics (strobes, continuous lighting...)

    Ideally, the book will be easy to read with a lot of pictures (which don't like they were taken in the 70s or 80s) and possibly contain some kind of exercises/assignments to get some practice.

    I had a look through 'Light-Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting' but it looks like it is a bit hard to read. If I cannot find something more accessible I'll buy it. Also, do not recommend 'Lighting for Dummies' (if such a thing exists); I hate these books.

    Any online resources would be also useful (I am already aware of the Strobist blog and found it interesting) but I would prefer a book.
     
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    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lighting-Guide-Portrait-Photographers/dp/1584281251/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223669247&sr=8-1[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Portrait-Photography-Secrets-Posing-Lighting/dp/157990548X/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223669358&sr=8-30[/ame]

    These are the only 2 I have currently.

    Matt just posted a link to this online demo. Pretty cool for folks new to lighting:
    http://www.lowel.com/edu/foundations_of_lighting.html
     
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    Speaking of Lowel, Ross Lowell's* own book Matters of Light and Depth is a good general book on lighting, albeit slanted to motion picture lighting. John Alton's classic Painting With Light is in the same category - ie a good book about lighting, but mainly about mopic lighting. Apart from the equipment used (continuous v flash) there's a lot that's common, of course.

    *His name is Lowell, his company is called Lowel.

    Best,
    Helen
     
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    The Lighting Cookbook might be what your looking for.
     
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    Best book for lighting is Light Science and Magic and if you combine reading that with going over lighting 101 and lighting 102 on Strobist.com you should have everything you can learn from reading.
     
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    I second Light, Science and Magic. It is truly an exceptional book.
     
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    I third it. By far the most useful, instructive book on photographic lighting I've ever read, and I've read more than a few. Considered the bible over at Strobist.com
     
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    I agree. I would have mentioned it if Steph hadn't said that he'd already looked at it.

    Best,
    Helen
     
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    Thank you all for your replies. I had a flick through 'Light, science and magic' and found it a bit 'dry' and was looking for something easier to read. According to your comments it looks like a very good book, so I will order it, make an effort to get stuck in it and read it properly. Once this is done and I have read everything on the Strobist and other links you provided, you may expect more specific questions about lighting.:wink: Thanks again for your help.
     

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