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2nd Edition

Lighting for Photographers
An Introductory Guide to Professional Photography

ISBN 9780815348597
Published July 29, 2019 by Routledge
250 Pages 281 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any photograph. The best images create dimension and drama, which goes beyond formulas and lighting recipes. In Lighting for Photographers: An Introductory Guide to Professional Photography, commercial photographers and instructors Joe Lavine and Brad Bartholomew offer a unique philosophy of lighting, starting with an understanding of the characteristics of lighting to build great shots.

Including interviews from professional photographers and illustrated with over 200 images, this book introduces basic photographic concepts and equipment needs, and takes the reader from the lighting process through to starting a successful career in photography both in the studio and on location. Readers will learn a comprehensive approach to lighting including what light does, composition, experimentation, practical tools and techniques, equipment, metering and histograms, and how to launch and grow their career.

With downloadable instructor resources featuring discussion questions and quizzes, this fully updated edition is ideal for introductory level photography and lighting courses as well as the amateur photographer looking to apply the appropriate lighting to realize their conceptual and aesthetic goals.

Table of Contents



1 What Light Does

2 The Building Process

3 Lighting as Part of Composition

4 Experimentation

5 Lighting Equipment

6 DSLR Cameras

7 Metering

8 Reading a Histogram

9 Getting Your Career Started

10 Success


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Joe Lavine has been practicing photography for over 30 years. He specializes as a food and beverage photographer, with clients ranging from small restaurants to Fortune 500 companies including Coors, Betty Crocker, General Mills, and Coca-Cola. He teaches photography at university level and regularly lectures at colleges and seminars around the US.

Brad Bartholomew is an award-winning commercial photographer, head of the Commercial Photography Program at Arapahoe Community College and has taught classes at the Colorado Institute of Art for over 30 years. He has shot a variety of subjects for local and national clients including Apple, Celestial Seasonings, the Colorado Ballet, Pentax, and JD Edwards.


How we shape and control light is how we speak as photographers. In this book the authors share their experiences as professional photographers by teaching the process of building with light. They encourage the reader to learn basic lighting techniques and then break new ground to create something extraordinary.This is a great book that covers more than just the basics of lighting, geared toward individuals who want to take their photography to a new level and begin a professional career.

Jerome Sturm, Photographer/Digital Artist

Whether you are a beginner or pro, Lighting for Photographers is an essential guide to get you started or improve on the lighting skills you have. From detailed explanations of equipment to information techniques and concepts, this book is the most up-to-date and thorough guide to photographic lighting that I’ve seen.

Judith Pishnery, Photographer, Professor and non-profit Arts Organization Executive Director