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Light Science and Magic: By Hunter, Biver and Fuqua

May 2nd, 2008

Since we are on the subject of lighting I’ll point out one of the classic books books on lighting. This is one of those books that you will keep coming back to again and again. I first became aware of it a year or so ago from reading strobist.com because David referred to it as the “Gold standard” of lighting.

This book does not talk specifically about lighting interiors; it’s more at the level of general lighting principles. As a summary says, “This is not your typical how-to-book! This is a tried-and-true how to understand book. How to understand and predict the size of light, types of reflections, and the family of angles. Master these principles and you can shoot any portrait, any surface, anywhere!”

“No matter how smart your digital camera is, its lighting is hit-or-miss at best. That’s still a job for your eyes and brain. Lighting is worth the effort to learn well– there is no other skill that can improve your photography so much, so quickly.”

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One Response to “Light Science and Magic: By Hunter, Biver and Fuqua”

  • Great book to review! I picked it up about a month ago. Excellent material, one of the best I’ve seen.

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