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2nd Edition


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ISBN 9781350109858
Published January 24, 2019 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

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 Lighting teaches the theory and background of how light works, the different types of light and the rules it obeys. The book gives guidance 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is light? Basic theoryColour theoryExposure Case study: The lightmeterPolarized light Case study: The colour temperature meter Imaging at the ends of the spectrum Exercise: Using a colour checkerChapter 2: Natural lightDaylightEvening light Night Case study: The seasons Effect of location Exercise: Time of day Chapter 3: Available lightFlames 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 sourceChapter 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

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David Präkel 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.


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 <I>Lighting</I> 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, Präkel 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

A very useful book which will support students in First Year as they engage with the technical and aesthetic uses of lighting in photography. - Tracy Piper-Wright, University of Chester, UK

Essential guide for students with clear chapters, content and examples. - Claire Sambrook, University of Portsmouth, UK

A stimulating and thought-provoking overview of photography's application since its modern inception. - Norwich University of the Arts, UK - Gretchen Geraets