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Light on the brain...

With all this talk of lighting, jadecat9 politely suggested that I actually learn what the hell I'm doing with light before going out and buying a ton of equipment.

On her recommendation I picked up a copy of Light: Science and Magic, the book to buy on photographic lighting.

It should be showing up in the mail today.


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Jun. 9th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
It's a really good book, and one I enjoyed very much.

I just don't want to see you blow a ton of money on equipment. I always see this on other photographer forums -- asking for advice on equipment to buy, then selling stuff off at a later date only to buy other equipment, because they realized that's really not their style at all.

If you're interested, we can also go over the Dean Collin DVDs (pretty much the progenitor of modern lighting systems) and how he uses light....watch sections, then actually *try* what he suggests. The dress style is very late 70s-80s, but the principles are still pretty sound.
Jun. 9th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much stuck with the continuous light concept until I buy new camera equipment; none of my cameras have options for anything other than direct-flash and optical slave.

I was actually looking at the 4-piece set-ups because they would also be good for video lighting (about which I know the most basic basics, and have some interest in). Starting though, with a single lighting instrument and a reflector, is probably a better idea.

I've also got some pretty serious Digital Rebel XSi lust going. I think I can stave that off for a while, though.
Jun. 9th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
In addition to Jade's excellent suggestion, let me add that nothing beats experimenting. Just set up a still life on a small table and seeing what happens when you move a lamp around it. What happens when you add another light, etc. Replace the still life with a person. Also, before you buy you might rent (K&S is a good place to start).
Jun. 9th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Fluorescent continuous lights are pretty cheap, and are also easy DIY projects.
Jun. 9th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I see young padawan you are weak in training and you have been seduced by... LOGIC! Don't go there, this is America, dang it. Buy buy buy and ask questions later!

This message bought to you by "You need to spend money, it's the American Way" committee.
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
(coming in late)
While it's for stage, not photo, also take a look at Magic of Light: The Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal. A decent library should have it, or at least a decent academic library.
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