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Ellis Vener
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Let me suggest a more basic guide to learning the fundamental entrails of lighting

Let me suggest a more basic guide to learning the fundamental entrails of lighting, a book which has stood me in good stead over the years: “Matters of Light and Depth” by the late Academy Technical Award winning cinematographer and inventor, Ross Lowell.

it is a very practical guide to understanding how to use efficiently and effectively use light to create on location most of the effects photographers actually use. It also has the advantage of not referring to specific brands of lighting equipment the way Daniel Norton (Who does a great job with Portrait Lighting ) and many other contemporary internet gurus do.

After that, the next piece of educational material you should have in your toolbox is “Light, Science and Magic.”

These two books lay out the building blocks of how to manipulate light to create virtually any effect you’ll ever need and like building blocks the techniques can be combined in hundreds of ways.

But  something fundamental remains, a skill which can be taught but  not passively learned and that is how to see light. You learn that over time through practice, experimenting, failing, succeeding, and by looking at paintings and other photographs. If you get good at it you will  develop a feel for what looks right and imaging what you want a photo to look like. This part, seeing and imaging,  incorporates but transcends craft and  is where half  of the Art in photography resides.

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