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Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers

ISBN: 978-0-470-87301-4
304 pages
April 2010
Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers (0470873019) cover image
Learn to achieve the best possible images with minimal lighting equipment

Author Bob Davis is a photographer whose high-profile clients include Oprah Winfrey and Eva Longoria, and whose work has appeared in Time, O Magazine, and People. Along with his invaluable professional advice, this beautiful full-color book includes a DVD featuring portions of his workshop curriculum. He covers the elements of lighting and shares his two-strobe technique that will enable you to create studio-quality lighting anywhere with only minimal equipment.

  • High-profile photographer Bob Davis is especially known for his lighting techniques; this book shares his advice on lighting for professional photographers and serious amateurs
  • Covers all the key elements of photographic lighting, with informative illustrations and lighting grids
  • Details the author's pioneering two-strobe technique that reduces the amount of equipment a photographer must carry to a shoot and dramatically lowers equipment costs
  • Features professional tips and stunning full-color images
  • 60-Minute DVD includes video from the author's three-day lighting and photography workshop

Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographersoffers your professional advice worth many times the cost of the book.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Chapter 1: Introduction.

Become a seeker of light.

Reading lighting diagrams.

Quality over Quantity.

Chapter 2: Understanding Light.

Seeing and Knowing Light.

Quality over Quantity.

Color temperature.

White balance.

Mixed light sources.

Working with natural light.

Manipulating natural light.

The golden hour.

Chapter 3: Getting the basics right.

Exposure and how it works.

Shutter speed.



How to measure light.

Using histograms to perfect your white balance.

Aperture and depth of field.

Shutter Speed and motion capture.

ISO and digital noise.

File formats.

Chapter 4: Lighting Equipment.

On-camera flashes.

Controlling on-camera flashes off the camera.

Wireless radio flash triggers.


Quantum Free X-Wire.

Pocket Wizards Mini & Flex.

Batteries, batteries, batteries.

Studio lighting.

Light modifiers.

Flash Diffusers.

Other Diffusers.

Soft boxes.

Snoots, Barn Doors and Honeycombs.

Gels and fi lters.

Basic lighting starter kit.

My kit-bag.

List of gear.

Chapter 5: Getting the most from your lighting kit.

Know your equipment.

Camera modes.

Working with manual modes.

Aperture and Shutter priority modes.

Aperture priority (Av).

Shutter priority (Tv).

Flash modes.




A deeper understanding: How a flash works.

High speed fl ash sync (FP).

Rear curtain sync.

Chapter 6: Controlling the light.

Simple techniques with a single strobe.

Direct flas.

Bounce flash.

Fill flash.

Taking the flash off-camera.

Controlling multiple flashes.

Positioning multiple flashes.

Controlling brightness.

Modifying your flashes.

The importance of light modifiers.

Dealing with mixed light sources.

Temperature-balancing your flashes.

What if there are three light sources?

Mismatched color temperatures? Use them creatively!

Make the backgrounds work for you!

Photographing Groups.

Smaller groups.

Chapter 7: Creative Lighting.

Colored Light.

Long exposures and flash.

Rear Curtain Sync.

Ganging strobes.

High speed sync.

Creating light patterns.

Chapter 8: Traveling Light.

What's in your bag?

Picking your equipment.

Get creative with your lighting accessories.

Getting the best from unknown locations.

Preparing for the unexpected.

Dealing with the elements.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Websites worth visiting.

Recommended websites.

Equipment manufacturers.

Radio triggers.


Camera Bags.

Light Modifiers.

Light Stands.

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Visual storyteller and celebrity photojournalist, Bob Davis has over 25 years of experience as a professional photographer. As a Canon Explorer of Light, Bob has been chosen as one of an elite group of 60 photographers representing Canon and united by a passion for photographic excellence. Bob's work has been featured in publications such as O Magazine, Time, People, OK, Rangefinder, and a variety of other digital photography resources. His clients include Oprah Winfrey, Selma Hayek, and Eva Longoria Parker. More information on Bob's distinguished career as well as extensive examples of Bob's photography can be found at www.bobanddawndavis.com.
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