Creative Lighting
Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: February 2011
Pages: 256

One of a photographer's most essential skills is the ability toaccurately and creatively observe light. Creative Lighting: DigitalPhotography Tips & Techniques explains the impact of lightwhether you are using natural light when photographing landscapes,or using strobes and soft boxes in the studio.

From observation comes the ability to manipulate. You'll learnhow to use exposure settings that have the most impact on lighting,and the best ways to take advantage of—andenhance—existing light in the field. You'll also find out howto plan photography around natural lighting from the cycle of daysand seasons, and discover the best techniques for rendering lightin motion from car headlights and other moving objects.

Moving indoors, Creative Lighting shows you how to takeadvantage of ambient light, and use continuous lighting and strobesto make the most powerful images possible.

Richly illustrated with Harold Davis's beautiful images,Creative Lighting explores exposure and how to effectively use manykinds of lighting, as well as creating and using shadows andreflectivity. Then it takes you into the digital darkroom whereyou'll find out how to enhance lighting effects with AdobePhotoshop.

The technical details are here, too: for each photo in this bookyou'll find the focal length of the lens used, aperture, shutterspeed, ISO, and the back story behind the image.

  • Learn to "see" light and its impact on photos

  • Use natural light to make spectacular images

  • Plan your photos around light and lighting

  • Use exposure controls to enhance lighting

  • Explore chiaroscuro, shadow, high-key and low-key lighting

  • Enhance lighting with multi-RAW and HDR processing

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