Lighting Digital Field Guide

February 14, 2012 by  
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Lighting Digital Field Guide

Essential lighting guide for users of compact cameras and dSLRs One of the most important aspects of photography is lighting, but getting the lighting right is tricky.  When should you use flash? Are a camera’s automatic settings dependable? Should you use reflectors or diffusers and where do you place them? This handy, portable reference will show you when, where, and how to create and capture perfect light, every time. The book includes a color checker card to help you maintain true

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  1. L. Demetre says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    At last a book that explains lighting for all levels, January 13, 2011
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    L. Demetre (Portland, OR) –
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    If you are looking for a book that is simple to understand on digital lighting you have come to the right place. It’s an easy read and full of useful tips from set up to types of equipment you might need. Broken down by chapters that covers everything from portraits, still life, wedding photography, landscapes (in other words the usual suspects) to how to control and use different types of light and what is neeed to optimize your picture, whether by controlling the light with your camera by adjusting the shutter speed or aperture or using flashes or strobes.

    An added bonus is the free gray & color checker card.

    Like anything your photos will improve with practice and the same goes for lighting. Using Brian’s book is extremely useful and small enough to carry with you in the field.

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  2. BookOwl21 says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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    Comprehensive, enjoyable and well worth it, September 26, 2011
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    As an intermediate photographer, I found it a wealth of information. Everything was explained well, easy to understand, and I especially liked the photos every page or so, that illustrated what I just learned. The chapters on still life/product, portraits, night and low light were my favorite chapters, along with landscape and nature. Concert and events, and sports was also covered, which is my weak spot, so that was very helpful. He also goes into depth on lighting setups, which was excellent. He really knows his stuff. In summary, I would recommend it to anyone–great read, well written, and a plethora of useful information.

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  3. Aaron B. Hockley says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great guide to all forms of lighting including natural, continuous, and strobe, March 10, 2011
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    Aaron B. Hockley (Vancouver, WA) –
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    This review is from: Lighting Digital Field Guide (Paperback)

    While other books on lighting attempt to be comprehensive bibles on strobes, or studio lighting, or another specialized area, Mr. McLernon’s Lighting Digital Field Guide provides a great overview of light at a higher level and then discusses information about a variety of lighting sources and techniques.

    Before diving into lighting gear, the first four chapters give an overview of the science of light as well as a review of how basic camera controls (shutter, aperture, etc) affect lighting in an image. I think this was a good move; too often I find photo books or tutorials dive into the “how” without explaining the “why”. Following the preparatory material, a few chapters talk about lighting gear itself – the basics of flash, continuous light, and monolights. In addition to the lights themselves, space is given to topics such as releases, radio triggers, and light modifiers. The material seemed to be at about the right level to inform the reader about the gear without getting too much into the details or recipes… that comes in the next portion of the book.

    The second half of the book is a set of eight chapters covering specific shooting situations – events, weddings, sports, portraits, and so on. For each type of photo, lighting considerations are given including what type of lighting might be favored as well as practical tips. I found the material in this section really good – McLernon applies his knowledge as a working, experienced pro who has seen not just the theory but the practice of how to correctly light a variety of situations.

    Overall I found this a great read for someone who is looking to better understand photographic lighting or who wants to expand their horizons a bit and learn about lighting methods not previously experienced.

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