A mix of theory and practical applications, Placing Shadows covers the physical properties of light and the selection of proper instruments for the best possible effect. For the student, advanced amateur, and pros trying to enhance the look of their productions, this book examines the fundamentals and is also a solid reference for tips on better performance.
"You get all the basics in this book, including a very comprehensive overview of what is out there in lighting, but they go way beyond the basics, including how to survey a location simply to avoid problems cropping up later in the shoot…The other great thing I find very helpful in this book are all the practical tips of the trade that are regularly slipped into the text…There's a fund of really practical information here, in just 300 pages packed with first class photographs, clear diagrams and tables…Focal Press gives excellent value with this volume; it is a powerhouse of information on lighting for film, illuminating the nooks and crannies as well as painting the scene with flattering light." - www.shootingpeople.org
"A superb reference on lighting, Placing Shadows discusses virtually everything you need to know about lighting for video…A thorough lighting glossary, including examples, illustrations and a tips section completes this book. Anyone who uses video lights should take a look at Placing Shadows." - Charles Fulton, Videomaker
"Gloman and Letourneau have written an excellent introduction-to-lighting textbook for the novice videomaker…This book is very up to date, and includes newer lamps and fixtures. It gives the reader a solid background on the types of lighting units available, how they work, and how they are used. Anyone who did well in high school Science will find the technical aspects of this book easy to understand." - Bill Miller, Video Systems
"Placing Shadows is a basic book with enough depth and good tips on location lighting to warrant adding it to a professional's library. It covers the principles of lighting and the equipment in practical and theoretical terms." - Robert Goodman, Videography
"Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques for Video Production will help you master the art of lighting and shadow placing. Gloman and LeTourneau do an outstanding job of explaining the physics of light and how to manipulate it to achieve the desired effect of the photographer. Don't struggle with poor lighting on your next video shoot. [This] could be just the guide you are looking for." - Steve Bosinoff, Videomaker
"This comprehensive and copiously illustrated book will help you to master the art of lighting scenes and placing shadows in your video productions." - Focus magazine
The Physics of Light; Meters, Monitors, and Scopes; Lamps, Reflectors, and Lighting Instruments; Video Contrast Ratios; Instrument Functions; Terms and Tips; Basic Lighting Setups; Avoiding Problems; Locating Lighting; Studio Lighting; Future Directions; Resources for the Lighting Professional
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