Basics Photography 02: Lighting

Author(s): David Prakel

Fine Arts

Understanding light is fundamental to good photography. How any image is lit will change how the viewer sees and interprets the content. The second edition of Basics Photography 02: Lighting teaches the theory and background of how light 'works', the different types of light and the rules it obeys. Natural light, available light and photographic light sources in the studio are all explained and key guidance given on how to measure, control and use light for the best photographic exposure. With new images and case studies, this edition encourages a bolder and more innovative approach to the use of light in photography.


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The 2nd edition of Lighting includes new case studies, work from contemporary photographers, and a selection of exercises to explore a photographer's creativity.

Exceptional. A number of students I know have bought this and so they should. Informative and inspiring. (Praise for the first edition) K. J. Shepherdson, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK The Lighting text is one of the best I have come across thus far; thorough, clear, well-designed, great examples. Michelle Given, Murray State University, USA Unlike the usual approach, Prakel not only considers studio light but all light as the basis for building a picture. Outstanding point of view, backed by visual proof and succinct but juicy text. Can't help but recomend to everyone in photography education or trade! Armando Vilas-Boas, Institute of Visual Arts, Design & Marketing, Portugal

David Prakel has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in journalism, photography and education. He has taught photography at all levels in the UK and America, at the prestigious Kodak Imaging Training Centre and in his own training workshops in Northumberland.

Chapter 1: What is light? Basic theory Colour theory Exposure Case study: The lightmeter Polarized light Case study: The colour temperature meter Imaging at the ends of the spectrum Exercise: Using a colour checker Chapter 2: Natural light Daylight Evening light Night Case study: The seasons Effect of location Exercise: Time of day Chapter 3: Available light Flames Incandescent lamps Fluorescent light Street lighting Case study: Camera supports Neon light Gig photography Exercise: Street still life Chapter 4: Photographic light Continuous light Flash Case study: Studio flash Exercise: The single source Chapter 5: Controlling light Studios Shaping light Building light Exercise: Lighting ratios Rembrandt lighting Butterfly lighting Commercial lighting Case study: Light tent Backgrounds Chapter 6: Using light Quality of light Revealing shape Revealing form Revealing texture Revealing tone and colour Experimenting with light Exercise: The single object

General Fields

  • : 9782940411955
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : AVA Publishing SA
  • : January 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Prakel
  • : Paperback
  • : 192