A rigorous practical guide to photographic lighting techniques, complete with hands-on assignments Offering digital photographers a complete course in photographic lighting, this book covers everything from using flash systems and studio lights to working outdoors in bright or low-light conditions. Full-color examples show how the right lighting can enhance color, improve contrast, and open the door to new creative possibilities.
Chapter 1: Elements of Light. Understanding the Three Elements of Exposure. Dealing with Color Temperature. Setting White Balance. Using Contrast to Create Mood. Working with the Quality of Light. Chapter 2: Understanding Your Equipment's Role in Lighting. Compact Digital Cameras. Digital SLR Cameras. In-Camera Metering. On-Camera Flash. Studio Lighting and Accessories. Chapter 3: Working with Outdoor Natural Light. Learning to Use the Meter. Sunrise and Sunset. Making Great Images with Overcast Lighting. Chapter 4: Working with Interior Light. Setting Your Exposure Inside. Seeing the Contrast Indoors. Working with Window Light. Incandescent Light. Fluorescent Light. Chapter 5: Lighting for Portraits and People. Shooting Great Outdoor Portraits. Finding the Best Light. Creating Better Light. Candids, Kids, and Environmental Photography. Working with Groups. Chapter 6: Action, Sorts, Motion, Blur. It is All About the Shutter. Stopping Motion. Slow Down to Show Motion. Long Exposures to Show Motion. Water and Nature. Panning. Using Flash to Capture the Movement. Chapter 7: Lighting Scenarios in Landscape Photography. Lighting Terminology. Timing Your Landscape Exposures. Working with Overcast Light. Using Filters to Enhance Your Shot. Shooting Landscapes in Fog. Chapter 8: Dealing with Change: Travel and Adventure Photography. Traveling Light: What to Take. Shooting Street Photography. Museums, Churches, and Other Indoor Destination. Considering the Weather Conditions. Preparing for Extremes. Chapter 9: Still Life and Macro Lighting. Capturing Great Light in Your Everyday Life. Principles of Design. Lighting for Close-Up and Macro Photography. Taking Product Photos. Chapter 10: Mastering Night and Low Light Photography. Your Best Friend, the Tripod. Capturing Skylines. Taking Photos at Dusk. Creating Soft, Moody Light with Low Light. Capturing the Motion of Lights. Long Exposures for Celebrations. Glossary. Index.
CHRIS BUCHER is an accomplished commercial photographer who divides his affections between promotional photography and the landscapes and images that feed his fascination with light. His work has appeared in dozens of publications.
ACTION. MOOD. ATMOSPHERE. CAPTURE THEM ALL WITH LIGHT Your camera needs light to create any image. To create a spectacular one, you need the best light possible, and Chris Bucher shows you how to find it. How to work with the light that's available wherever you are. How to augment it for different effects. How to use light to accent a scene, express a feeling, or flatter a face. Discover how to master the magic of light. Explore the elements of light and understand white balance, color temperature, and light quality Choose and use appropriate accessories Learn to work with natural light, indoors and out, and to create effects with shadows Discover how light affects motion, landscape views, and closeup shots Try your hand at night and low-light photography