Photography and Natural Lighting


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As in my concert lighting post I am also in search of a guide and such for photography lighting and also natural lighting. my friend is a photographer and wants me help with lighting, i know a decent amount of stage ligthing but not much natural and photography lighting.
Most photography books would have careful study of lighting in them, but here is some I'm aware of given I only read two of them.

Beauty of Light was excellent, and Sunlighting while more dry had some really good information.

The Beauty of Light, by Ben Bova; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.- N.Y.1988 ISBN: 0-471-62580-9
A really good book on the psychology of lighting, and the science behind it. Beyond that, it is not necessary to know in such detail.

Color Science for Lighting the Stage, by William B. Warfel and Walter R. Klappert; An excellent study on the engineering of stage light - or at least the science component of the art.

The Control of Light, Focal Press “The authors examine light and explain the technical aspects of controlling it. Source book for all lighting practitioners in theatre, film, television, and photography; the information contained is common to the art if all lighting in any medium.”

Light - Science and Magic, Focal Press “An introduction to photographic lighting.” “This highly respected text, now in paperback, has been thoroughly updated and revised. It introduces a logical theory of photographic lighting --- one that teaches beginning photographers to predict results before setting up lights. This is not primarily a how-to book with only set examples for photographers to follow. Rather, Light: Science and Magic provides the reader with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow individual photographers to use lighting to express their own creativity. Numerous photographs and illustrations provide clear examples of the theories delineated within the text, while sidebars highlight special lighting questions.

Although styles of photographic lighting continue to change, Light: Science and Magic does not go out of fashion because it is not based on style; rather it is based on the behavior of light. These principles will not change until fundamental physics does.” Focal Press Review

Lighting by Design, Focal Press “Serves as a useful technical guide to practitioners of lighting in theater, film, television, and still photography, particularly when the effects of lighting have a major influence on their contribution to the medium concerned.” “Lighting by Design is a practical guide structured around a new theoretical approach to the design of lighting for architectural spaces.

Christopher Cuttle outlines his unique three-level approach to lighting design in this indispensable text for students and professionals. Through Observation, Visualisation and Realization, the book explains how to envision, develop and produce your own lighting ideas.

Architects, interior designers and specialist lighting designers will benefit from a holistic approach to the lighting process, combining technical information with a distinctive design theory. Cuttle begins with the development of observational skills, leading to the ability to visualise architectural spaces in light. The final stage of realising the lighting concept involves application of calculational procedures to develop a technical lighting specification. The text includes practical advice on meeting design specifications and contractual obligations. There is also a glossary of technical terms and symbols, and a guide to the calculations that the author uses for quantifying lighting concepts.” Focal Press Review

Lighting for TV and Film, 3rd Ed. by Gerald Millerson; Focal Press ISBN: 0-240-54582-X “Explores the fundamental principles of lighting in studios, on location and display, and covers single-camera, small unit production, improvised, and economy lighting.

The Professional Lighting Handbook, 2nd Ed. Verne Carlson & Sylvia E. Carlson; Focal Press
“A thoroughly updated edition of a classic resource which guides the reader through the technical foundations, equipment and techniques of lighting for film and video productions.”

Sunlighting as Formgiver for Architecture, William Lam; Van Nostrand and Reinhold - Ny. 1986

The Technique of Lighting for Television and Film, 3rd Ed.; Focal Press
“Covers basic principles to highly technical application, showing the ways in which light alters appearances.

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