Light and Life

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Arts, Photography & Design PHOTOGRAPHY / Lighting

 Arts, Photography & Design  - PHOTOGRAPHY / Lighting

Arts, Photography & Design PHOTOGRAPHY / Lighting
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About the author

 Dinesh Pagaria is a professional photographer living in Udaipur, Rajasthan. His published works include those in Photographic Society of America (PSA) Journal, Times Journal of Photography and Sanctuary Magazine. He is a member of Photographic societies such as Photographic Society of America, International Freelance Photographer Organization, India International Photographic Council and Federation of Indian Photography.

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Notion Press
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Pages
245
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ISBN
9789352060979
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Techniques / Lighting
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 Amazing images are possible with just one flash!

Today’s speedlights may be small but they are mighty…that is, if you know how to use them. In this book, flash photography pro Tilo Gockel teaches the secrets to capturing beautifully lit images using just one flash! The first section of the book provides a crash course in flash photography covering lighting techniques, equipment, and understanding the nuances of flash lighting. Then, through a series of 26 workshops covering everything from people to objects to food to special techniques, Tilo demonstrates how it’s done. Included are example images, lighting diagrams, setup instructions, and even post-processing tips. You’ll learn how a single flash can not only illuminate, but also add color and project patterns on a scene, and how easy it is to turn a single flash into multiple light sources using reflectors and mirrors to multiply and redirect the flash. You will also learn how to use the flash detached from the camera's hot shoe and how to repeatedly fire the flash for special effects.


Tilo’s practical style and simple explanations of technology will enable you to get started quickly with flash photography and to achieve fantastic results. 


Topics include:

- Combining flash with ambient light

- Using shades, reflectors, and mirrors

- Flash composite techniques

- Light painting with Xenon flash devices

- Simulating continuous light with stroboscopic flash and modeling flash

- Use of low-cost non-TTL flashes as well as TTL flashes

- Battery-powered DIY bare-bulb flash

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.
Learning to work with light is an important milestone in every photographer’s career, and the ability to craft light to fit your vision for an image is a skill that cannot be overrated. Most often, that crafting of light is spoken of in terms of the <i>quality</i> and <i>quantity</i> of light. But there is an important, third component of light that heavily influences the final look of the image: the <i>color</i> of light. In <i>Chroma: A Photographer’s Guide to Lighting with Color</i>, photographer Nick Fancher helps you elevate your game when it comes to introducing the bold, creative, and intentional use of color into your work.</p>

<p>Whether you’re using a high-powered strobe or a small hotshoe flash, <i>Chroma</i> is for you. Nick begins with a discussion of color theory, gels, and white balance, then examines how to determine which colors complement your subject matter (whether that’s people or products). He moves on to cover topics such as:</p> 


<ul>

<li> Balancing, mixing, and overpowering ambient light with artificial light</li>

<li>Layering colors for unique color combinations</li>

<li>Mixing hard and soft light to achieve extremely rich color</li>

<li>Lighting detail and texture</li>

<li>Modifier options, such as ring flash, snoots, barn doors, softboxes, and filters</li> 

<li>Gobos to control the light</li>

<li>Post-processing for vibrant, powerful colors</li>

<li>How (and why) to light with color, even when the end goal is a black and white image</li>

</ul>


<p>Illustrated throughout with innovative and expressive imagery, <i>Chroma</i> also includes behind-the-scenes photos, lighting diagrams, and Lightroom settings so you can follow along from the initial concept through to the final edit.</p>

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 Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer and educator who has a talent for identifying areas where photographers regularly hit roadblocks and a passion for developing clear and concise systems that allow photographers to break through those barriers and become better, more confident practitioners of their craft. His two previous books, Picture Perfect Practice and Picture Perfect Posing, shattered the mold of instructional photography books as they empowered readers to advance their composition and posing skills. Picture Perfect Lighting, the third book in the Picture Perfect series, brings that same spirit and approach to teaching lighting. With it, Roberto empowers photographers to embrace lighting as a source of creativity and expression in service of their vision for the image.


In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto has created a truly original system for understanding and controlling light in photography. After discussing the universal nature of light, Roberto introduces the five key behaviors of light, which are essential to understand in order to improve your knowledge of light. With those behaviors established, Roberto introduces his concept of “circumstantial light,” an ingenious way of examining and breaking down the light around you in any given situation. Providing a detailed analysis of circumstantial light, Roberto develops the top ten circumstantial light elements you need to know in order to fully harness the power of the light around you to create an image that is true to your vision.


But how will you know if the circumstantial light is enough? The final piece of the Picture Perfect Lighting system is Roberto’s “lighting benchmark test,” a brilliant method for determining the quality of the light in any given situation. It is with the lighting benchmark test that you will determine if and when you need to use “helper light,” the light that is needed or manipulated in order to “help” the circumstantial light so that your vision comes to life. Helper light is created with diffusers, reflectors, flashes, strobes, and light modifiers. Picture Perfect Lighting covers all of this in depth.


Don’t limit yourself to using only one kind of light, and don’t depend on Photoshop actions and plug-ins to create the “wow” factor in your images. That is the job of light. With Picture Perfect Lighting by your side, you will learn to master light. With that mastery, you will finally have the ability to create that true “wow” factor in camera—and in your photographs.

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