How to make digital photography lighting more creative and less challenging! How do you master the art of lighting your photographs? Go beyond the basics, go beyond the "rules," and get creative with the help of renowned photographer Harold Davis. In this book, Harold shows you how to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and create unique, lively, and beautifully lit photographs. Packed with tips and tricks as well as stunning examples of the author s creativity, this book will both inform and inspire you to create your own lighting style. * Teaches you when and how to control the light in your photographs * Reviews the basic rules of digital photography lighting and shows you how to break the rules to create your own uniquely lit images * Helps you start building a lighting style of your own * Includes stunning examples of the author s photography and lighting techniques Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned digital photographer, you'll find ideas and techniques to spark your creativity.
Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, and Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.
8 Introduction 10 Seeing the Light 12 Quality of Light 12 Understanding Light 16 Characteristics of Light 18 The Golden Hour 22 Intensity of Light 28 Direction of Light 34 Color of Light 40 Diffusion 44 Backlighting 46 High-Key and Low-Key Lighting 50 Chiaroscuro 52 Understanding Reflectivity 56 Transparency versus Opacity 60 Lure of Shadows 64 Light and the Monochromatic Vision 68 Exposure and Lighting 70 Understanding Exposure 74 Overexposure and Underexposure 78 Using a Histogram 82 Aperture 84 Aperture, Depth-of-Field, and Focus 86 Working with Shutter Speed 92 ISO 94 Causes of Noise 98 Using Exposure Controls with Lighting 102 White Balance and Color 108 Pre-Visualizing the Impact of Lighting 112 Working with Ambient Light 114 Understanding Ambient Light 120 Sunshine on a Cloudy Day 122 Landscapes 126 City Light 132 Close-Ups and Macros 136 Using a Fill Lighting 142 Using Flash as Supplemental Lighting 146 Using Window Light 150 Night Photography 158 Light Painting 162 Lighting in the Studio 164 Continuous Lighting 170 Setting the Stage 174 Using Natural Light 176 Integrating Natural Light with your Still Life 178 Creating Transparent Effects 182 Working with Shadows 186 Reflections 190 Refractions 192 Metal 196 Strobe Lighting Equipment 200 Lighting People in the Studio 206 Studio High-Key and Low-Key Lighting 210 Lighting in the Digital Darkroom 212 Multi-RAW Processing 215 Controlling Exposure with Multi-RAW 220 Creative Effects using Multi-RAW 224 HDR and Lighting 234 Enhancing Lighting with Adjustment Layers 238 Light Quality and Blending Modes 242 Using the Lighting Effects Filter 246 Third-Party Plugins that Enhance Lighting 250 Notes and Resources 252 Glossary 254 Index