★ Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills PDF / Epub ✪ Author John Child – Tactical-player.co.uk
Essentialbookfor novice photographers. Photographic Lighting Essential Skills Offers Practical Coverage Of Everything You Need To Know To Understand The Characteristics Of Light And The Foundations Of Photographic Lighting, Including Film, Filters, Exposure, Compensation, Zone System And An Array Of Creative Techniques Students And Committed Amateurs Will Find Sound Technical Knowledge With Inspiring Projects Developing Professionals In Need Of A Refresher Or A Reference Need Look No Further The Authors Use Terminology That Is Easy To Understand And Explain Techniques In A Clearly Written, No Nonsense Manner Photographic Lighting Essential Skills Ensures All The Fundamentals Of Lighting Are Learnt And Applied To Help Improve The Use Of Light In Photography And Encourage Visual Expression More instructional than inspirational which may not suit all Very slanted to working in the industry with a severe headmasterly tone at time keep that project note book up to date at all times, my lad Very well written and clear Big down side is that the advertised web links do not seem to work, at least for me. Note that the Kindle version I downloaded was monochrome unlike the Lookinside Knidle preview and this book does not work well in monochrome as the text makes reference to specific learning points around the colours in the graphics and photographs included This bothered me to the extent that I could not get into the book properly.Hopefully will issue an update to the product. Getting to grips with light is vital for making the leap from mediocre photographs For example, many photos are spoiled by harsh shadows, but these can be turned to stunning pictures aided by higher quality, soft light if the photographer knows what they are doing However, light can be a complicated subject and this book commendably translates an thorough overview of the subject into comprehensible language.The differences between different types of light such as tungsten, fluorescent and firelight and how they will affect picture taking is well covered, as is the relationship between light and the aperture of the camera There are particularly strong sections on interpreting through the lens light meters, how histograms work, and making the most out of flash and out of studio lighting.I ve never before seen such a good explanation of the normally over complicated issue of colour calibration It explains what the industry standard settings are for colour temperature, gamma and overall brightness, and the difference between sRGB, ProPhoto and Adobe RGB This is a topic that often causes no end of confusion for photographers amateur and professional alike and yet the book explains it flawlessly It avoids the mistaken but commonly claimed view that a bigger colour space is necessarily better, and explains which colour space is better suited to which sort of work It also gives helpful advice on how to switch between spaces, and when to do this.The book is both suited to film and digital users, and covers both types of photography, including how to select a film suited to a particular type of light Being a digital camera user, I actually found the section on the zone system for film camera users quite interesting it helped me understand, and want to try out, the digital equivalent, High Dynamic Range HDR imaging, which the book also covers The vast majority of content is applicable whichever method type of camera is used.I really liked this book If you re like me, you ll be enthused to further your knowledge after reading it with lots of actual photography and also by reading further on some of the topics that most appeal to your photographic interests As a predominantly landscape photographer, I m pleased to have learned about studio lighting from this book, but it ll be the knowledge I ve picked up on HDR and colour calibration that I ll want to keep developing This 200 page book won t teach you everything how could it , but what it does really well is give a very strong overview of light, helping photographers become gain a good grasp of the subject.And, unlike a lot of books that are filled with waffle, this one is packed with useful information I would recommend it highly as an indespensible addition to any up and coming photographer s bookcase.