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The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors - Techniques for lighting with small flash - Second Edition - By Scott Hargis

In 2010, Scott Hargis released the first edition of Lighting Interiors. Since then, it has become known as the "bible" for real estate photographers worldwide. Now Scott has completely updated the book with new chapters and improved graphics and layout, making the great book even better!

Inside the 2nd edition, Scott shows you everything you need to know to light rooms with small flash:

What if you could spend time shooting interiors with Scott? Well, you could go to one of Scott's interior lighting workshops that he gives all over the world but that would cost you $450 for the workshop plus travel, lodging etc.

Now, with this e-book you can learn how to light interiors with small flash as Scott walks you through all the steps of setting up small flashes to light interiors. This e-book is the next best thing to attending one of Scott's workshops.

Lighting Interiors - What's Inside
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Here's What People Are Saying About This Book

Dan Achatz - Dan Achatz Photography - Seattle, WA

"When I buy a how-to book, I'm expecting payback in new skills and new clients. Scott Hargis' book, "The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors" is the best interior lighting book I've seen. Scott walks us through each room of a home in his easy to understand style, and at the end we come away better photographers. It's a must read for all real estate photographers with a sure payback."

Daniel Milstein - Daniel Milstein Photography - New York, NY

"Whether you are an experienced real estate marketing photographer, or a former newspaper shooter looking to branch out, Scott Hargis The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors is a worthy addition to your virtual bookshelf. In just over 100 info-packed pages, Hargis provides a level of knowledge that would otherwise come only from years of shooting. Intuitively organized, the guide successfully combines diagrams, photo examples, and easy-to-follow text with a light humor that makes it an easy read. This guide will prove a wonderful resource for every real estate photographer struggling with the mysteries of strobe lighting."

M. James Northen - Northen Exposure Photography - Vero Beach, FL

"Scott's Book will be the magic bullet for so many real estate photographers. It is written in an easy to digest manner and reading it was insightful and informative. Anyone serious about mastering the needed techniques of lighting and composition for real estate photography will be astounded at the wealth of information that Scott has packed into one book. The Illustrations and explanatory photographs fill in all the gaps to make this the complete reference manual."

Alberto & Mia Dominguez - Artez Photography Corporation- Nanimo, BC

"Scott Hargis first caught our attention as a gifted architectural photographer. We are constantly impressed with his high quality of work and the beautiful images that Scott produces over and over again. Aside from his amazing photographic capabilities, Scott also possesses an admirable gift of sharing his knowledge with others in a humble but very powerful and effective way. We had the opportunity to participate in one of Scott's workshop in Arizona last August. Alberto flew to Phoenix with the excitement of meeting someone that we admire very much and the desire to learn new lighting techniques.

The experience was 100% positive, not only on the personal level as it was a privilege to get to know Scott personally, but also because of the very valuable new tools and techniques that have truly enriched our business ever since Alberto came back.

We have also acquired Scott's new book "The essential Guide to: Lighting and Interiors". We find it extremely valuable to anyone wanting to better their lighting techniques. The information is practical and easy to understand. The illustrations and photographs are great. Overall, we believe that this is the one book every architectural photographer should have. We constantly refer other photographers to this wonderful book and encourage anyone who hasn't yet acquired it to do so. Thank you Scott for your generous and wonderful input to the architectural photographic world."

Don Giannatti -

"One of the most tricky areas in photography is shooting interiors. From the reflections of mirrors to the limited choices of camera placement to the tricky placement of lights that illuminate without being seen, architectural interior work can be fraught with compromise and challenges. And when shooting for real estate clients there is the additional stresses of limited time, access and budgets.

Scott Hargis' book, Lighting Interiors, will make the entry into this genre of photography easier for the photographer who is considering shooting interior architectural photography. His approach is to describe the challenges, show how to overcome them and how then to make the final images.

His step by step approach to making the images will be a real eye opening experience for the photographer who thought it was just 'bounce it off the ceiling' kind of work. Scott goes into detail on shooting small rooms, large rooms, rooms with windows and rooms with architectural challenges.

Hi approach to lighting is easily presented and understood. A breakdown of the gear he uses, how to work with small strobes and the no-nonsense approach to the demands of real estate photography makes this book a 'must have' for any serious photographer getting into using small flashes for interior work.

Seeing interiors side by side as he builds the lighting up to the final image is a powerful tool for someone who has never 'built' an image with light. The many diagrams and charts combined with the images of the rooms are really powerful learning tools.

One of my favorite chapters is chapter 10, "Advanced Reflections". Scott presents a lot of tricks and tips to help eliminate the flash reflections in windows, doors, mirrors and other shiny parts of a room. This chapter will help you find your own ways to kill the reflections, while using the tips Scott provides as a guide.

I am recommending "Lighting Interiors" to all photographers. If you are a commercial photographer, you may be called on to do some interiors for a multitude of clients. This book could be a jumpstart to making that experience a bit less stressful. For the photographer who is shooting interiors, or wanting to shoot for the real estate market, this book is one you should own."

Matt Eddington - Clarity Northwest Photography

"I had a chance to really thoroughly read your book, Scott. The thing that really stands out for me is that you have a knack for foreseeing questions that pop up from your examples and answering them at just the right time. A lot of times when I read "how-to" books, my brain creates more questions than answers because the author doesn't have a full grasp on how the reader is thinking. You seem to be able to clearly explain your methodology but also go over exceptions to the rule or foresee problems that can arise from using that methodology and detail potential solutions. This along with the clear diagrams made this a very good read for me. This is coming from someone who has given up reading books as a method of learning because I'm just too visual."

Rob Larsen - Rob Larsen Photography

"I recently discovered your work via PFRE and ordered your eBook. Your outstanding images and well written book have been very inspirational and instructive. I've seen many books on architecture photography, but none nearly as useful and practical as your book."

Drew Callaghan

"I met you last summer in Maryland at your workshop. I bought and read your book and felt compelled to tell you that you did an amazing job with it. It's helped me to take my photography to a new level. I had it printed and I use it as reference on location."


"Just purchased your eBook on lighting a couple of days ago. I'm already devouring it - on the 12th chapter, and I can't wait to get to the post-processing stages. Man, your BRAIN is an invaluable resource, sir! I appreciated the key point in chapter 8, the footnote, which explains that if you keep getting harsh, shadowy lighting, just look to your ratios and let more ambient in. I was seriously dumbfounded, going to one flash after the next, adjusting output, when in fact, this simple "secret" was all it took. I didn't let enough ambient lighting into the scene to "massage" the exposure. I'll be posting stuff based on your techniques in the near future to flickr. Please critique my stuff!"

Dwight Schofield

"I bought Lighting Interiors by Scott Hargis because I was frustrated with trying to photograph small interiors by referring to multiple books, each seemingly having a different style and often conflicting views. I have been photographing architectural subject for years including large interiors, auditorium size or larger, which are absolutely not in the same league as a small bathroom, period. I wanted a comprehensive work where it was all in one place and being authored by a working professional with a good looking portfolio was almost too much to ask.

But I hesitated because of the price, $47.00 for a PDF file, really? I am a huge fan of used books and $47.00 stuck in my throat, I mean, what could Mr. Hargis have to say that was worth that outrageous sum? Finally, tired of trying to reverse engineer Architectural Digest photos, I decided I had to pony up the dollars or continue going slowly insane. Purchasing the book from the website was easier than simple and in a couple of minutes I had my copy of Lighting Interiors.

I quickly read the first two chapters, Fundamentals and Equipment, which are pretty much what you might expect. Being a product of the film age, I had a good understanding of using flash as back when I was using it there was no automation, TTL or whatever; If you used flash you had to understand it. But it was the equipment chapter that really impressed me and impressed me to the point that I knew, without any doubt, that buying this book would save me thousands of dollars over the course of my career.

I followed along using my bedroom for the bedroom chapter and everything worked just as Mr. Hargis assured me it would. He explains concepts well and includes well considered illustrations and diagrams which makes it possible to quickly adopt his methodology. I am now working through the bathrooms and while there are differences between what I am working on and the book's project, I have been given the basic tools with which to work and now find the exercise compelling rather than frustrating.

I don't think there is anything in this book that you couldn't find elsewhere, even free, but this work is well integrated, comprehensive and presented in a consistent point of view. If you are thinking about photographing small interiors, do yourself a big favor and buy this book.

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