With basic information on the characteristics of light and specific techniques for controlling light in a variety of environments, this resource teaches photographers how to harness light, the most important factor of good photography. A discussion of light basics that includes exposure, color balance, and light ratios provides photographers with the essential understanding they need to approach any photography project. Specific analyses of studio, portrait, and indoor and outdoor lighting detail how to use studio strobes, set up a Rembrandt lighting scheme for a portrait, diffuse window light, and flash-fill with direct sunlight. Tips and photographs from more than 30 wedding, portrait, and commercial photographers offer practical advice and inspiration to help photographers take advantage of—rather than be limited by—light’s powerful effect.
Bill Hurter explains the characteristics of light—both natural and artificial—in this in-depth guide. Fully exploring color balance, exposure, and light ratios, the handbook expands on skills learned in the studio to explain how to harness the beauty of less predictable lighting situations, like those shot outdoors or on location. Packed with tips from more than 30 top professionals on wedding, portrait, and commercial photography, this resource is sure to both educate and inspire.