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Syl Arena, author of the bestselling Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites,brings his teaching skill, great writing style, and instructive, beautiful images to this popular Peachpit Press photography series. Aimed at beginners, Light and Lighting: From Snapshots to Great Shots,begins with a primer on light itselfhow to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and shadow lineand quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light (e.g., sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, and incandescent light). Then the book digs in to begin creating light with flash. Arena covers numerous kinds of lightsfrom small flash (both Canon and Nikon) to big flash, from continuous lights to the much-maligned pop-up flash on top of the camera. He also covers the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers: umbrellas, softboxes, flags, and gels. With recipes and tips on how to shoot products shots for selling online, food, glass and metal, flowers, headshots, group shots, action and sports, birthday parties and other events, Light and Lighting: From Snapshots to Great Shotsgives readers all they need to know to get started on the journey of learning, creating, and controlling light in order to make great images.
Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. He is the author of the bestselling Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. Syl covers the world of photography on his blog Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: THE FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF LIGHT Photography Begins with Looking at Light CHAPTER 2: YOUR LIGHT-CAPTURING MACHINE Using Camera Settings Smartly and Creatively CHAPTER 3: USING THE LIGHT AROUND YOU Getting Started with Natural Light CHAPTER 4: CREATING YOUR OWN LIGHT Getting Started with Artificial Light CHAPTER 5: LIGHTING FOR TABLETOP AND MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Learn To Light By Starting With Objects CHAPTER 6: LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS FOR PORTRAITS Getting Started with Portraits CHAPTER 7: ADVANCED LIGHTING FOR PORTRAITS Adding Depth And Drama To Your Portraits APPENDIX: THE GEAR I USE INDEX