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Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Lighting books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

Human Factors in Lighting, Third Edition (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListThe availability of electric lighting has changed the lives of people the world over, yet as a major user of electricity it has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. This scrutiny has focused largely on the environmental consequences, with little consideration of the benefits of lighting. restores some balance to the discussion by examining the ways in which people interact with lighting.
Author(s): Peter Robert Boyce

Lighting Design Basics (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListLighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility.
Author(s): Mark Karlen, Christina Spangler, et al.

Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListAutomated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights, Third Edition (formerly Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light) continues to be the most trusted text for working and aspiring lighting professionals. Now in its third edition, it has been fully updated to reflect the vast changes in stage and studio luminairies―including LEDs, switch-mode power supplies, op…
Author(s): Richard Cadena

Concert Lighting: The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting (2016)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListConcert Lighting: Tools, Techniques, Art, and Business Fourth Edition provides readers with an updated look at how to succeed in the complex world of concert lighting design and technology.
Author(s): James Moody, Paul Dexter

The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit (The Focal Press Toolkit Series) (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListWhat are the do’s and don’ts of being a good assistant lighting designer? What are focus tapes, and how do I use them? What is the best method for creating a magic sheet? What should be found in every assistant’s kit? How do I make that first important leap into this professional career? Answer these questions and many more with The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit.
Author(s): Anne E. McMills

Lighting for Interior Design (Portfolio Skills) (2012)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListWithout light, interior architecture cannot be fully designed and experienced. It is one of the key tools for an interior designer, but can be a dauntingly technical subject for students. This book takes a detailed, practical look at lighting in interior design, giving students all the key information and skills they need to be able to tackle lighting successfully in their designs.
Author(s): Malcolm Innes

Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting (2015)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListPhotographic lighting is a topic that will never go out of style, no matter how sophisticated cameras and other technology get. Even with the most high-tech gear, photographers still need to put a lot of thought and vision into lighting their photographs in order to get great results.
Author(s): Fil Hunter , Steven Biver , et al.

AVP 100 Bundle 2018: Motion Picture and Video Lighting (Volume 3) (2018)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListLighting is at the heart of filmmaking. The image, the mood, and the visual impact of a film are, to a great extent, determined by the skill and sensitivity of the director of photography in using lighting. Motion Picture and Video Lighting explores technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It covers not only how to light, but also why.
Author(s): Blain Brown

Designing With Light: The Art, Science and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design (2014)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListDesigning With Light: The Art, Science, and Practice of Architectural Lighting Design is a comprehensive introduction to the intelligent use of lighting to define and enhance a space.
Author(s): Jason Livingston

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting (2013)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListIn the first edition of , Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that go on before the light plot is finalized and ready to go to into the shop, even dealing with cutting the plot in half.In this third edition, Shelley throws the door wide open and shows step-by-step how to construct every lighting system…
Author(s): Steven Louis Shelley

Fundamentals of Lighting: Studio Instant Access (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListFundamentals of Lighting, 3rd Edition, takes an integrated approach to the study of lighting and design. Topics include lighting system basics, lighting and the design process, human factors, sustainability, global issues, regulations, business practices, and the LEED building certification program. Purchasing or renting this ISBN does not include access to the STUDIO resources that accompany this text.
Author(s): Susan M. Winchip

Fundamentals of Lighting: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card (2017)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListFundamentals of Lighting, 3rd Edition, takes an integrated approach to the study of lighting and design.
Author(s): Susan M. Winchip

The New Lighting for Product Photography: The Digital Photographer’s Step-by-Step Guide to Sculpting with Light (2019)

 Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate ListIn the Internet age, shoppers often don’t have the advantage of touching or feeling an item in order to make a logical buying decision regarding. The same is true on menus; we have to decide whether or not to order that fancy drink or dessert based on a photograph of it.
Author(s): Allison Earnest

Best Lighting Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some lighting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Lighting the Eye of the Dragon. Inner Secrets of Taoist Feng Shui

Author(s): Baolin Wu, Jessica Eckstein
ID: 2329846, Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: April 2000, Size: 28 Mb, Format: pdf

Contemporary Performance Lighting: Experience, creativity and meaning

Author(s): Katherine Graham, Kelli Zezulka
ID: 3624626, Publisher: Methuen Drama, Year: 2023, Size: 64 Mb, Format: pdf

3D Environment Design with Blender: Enhance your modeling, texturing, and lighting skills to create realistic 3D scenes

Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdani
ID: 3629679, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2023, Size: 61 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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