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Artificial Lighting for Photography, 1st Edition

  • Joy McKenzie
  • Daniel Overturf
  • ISBN-10: 1428318046
  • ISBN-13: 9781428318045
  • 238 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY clearly explains the use of artificial lighting of all types through a rich combination of detailed diagrams, visual examples, and practical instruction. Written for beginning photographers, the book introduces and explains the basic concepts of lighting techniques and the relevant equipment and hardware before going on to cover the latest advances in lighting equipment and digital capture devices. This fundamental knowledge is then used to teach key techniques that will help readers utilize the equipment effectively in their work. Equally emphasizing both studio and location environments, ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY describes methods for solving a variety of challenges so that readers will gain a thorough understanding of how and why artificial lighting techniques work.


  • An easy-to-understand text introduces the essential concepts and techniques of artificial lighting, in the studio and on location.

  • Each chapter features a "Photographers at Work" section that highlights professional photographers discussing, in their own words, how they create a specific lighting arrangement.

  • Includes a useful handbook of terms used by professionals and a list of sources for photographic products and services.

  • Features detailed lighting diagrams and illustrations to demonstrate equipment placement for a variety of lighting treatments.

About the Author

Joy McKenzie

Joy McKenzie received her BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute, did graduate work in Studio Arts at Memphis College of Art and received her MFA in photography from Southern Illinois University. She is currently a professor at Watkins College of Art&Design and is author of "Exploring Basic Black & White Photography" from Delmar, Cengage Learning.

Daniel Overturf

Daniel V. Overturf received his BA in Photography in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking in 1983 from Southern Illinois University. He lived, taught, and worked in Nevada, New Mexico, Alberta, and Kansas before returning to his alma mater to teach photography in 1990. Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at SIU, he is also President of the Photo Imaging Education Association and co-author of A River Through Illinois.

Table of Contents

1: Light.
2: Shadows, Shapes & Multiple Sources.
Photographer At Work: Polly Chandler, Greg Landrum.
3: Reflective Surfaces.
Photographer At Work: Deborah Fletcher, Dimitris Skliris.
4: Transparent Objects.
Photographer At Work: Todd Davis, Brian Wetzstein.
5: Light Measurement & Color Temperature.
Photographer At Work: Lee Buchsbaum, Josh Sanseri.
6: Light Sources & Safety.
Photographer At Work: Pete Jones, Chris Walker.
7: Light Modifiers & Accessories.
Photographer At Work: Gregory Crewdson, Richard Sands.
8: Lighting for the Portrait.
Photographer At Work: Keith Cotton, Pramoonchai NopsuwanvongSection III: Grip Glossary Handbook.
9: Bannister's Guide.