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Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate Collection

Looking for the best Photography Lighting books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Chroma: A Photographer’s Guide to Lighting with Color (2018)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionLearning to work with light is an important milestone in every photographer’s career, and the ability to craft light to fit your vision for an image is a skill that cannot be overrated. Most often, that crafting of light is spoken of in terms of the quality and quantity of light.
Author(s): Nick Fancher

A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Lighting on (Almost) No Budget (2011)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe most significant contribution to film imagery is lighting. Lighting is the key to turning amateur footage into professional stories and presentation. A SHOT IN THE DARK: A CREATIVE DIY GUIDE TO DIGITAL VIDEO LIGHTING ON (ALMOST) NO BUDGET shows that good lighting doesn’t always require expensive or extensive Hollywood hardware.
Author(s): Jay Holben

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

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 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

Lighting People (2016)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis book utilizes award winning photographer Rossella Vanon’s contemporary style and up-to-the-minute knowledge to teach how each kind of light works. This approach provides a key grounding for photographers, followed by creative techniques that go beyond traditional approaches.
Author(s): Rossella Vanon

Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People (2016)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionRoberto Valenzuela is a photographer and educator who has a talent for identifying areas where photographers regularly hit roadblocks and a passion for developing clear and concise systems that allow photographers to break through those barriers and become better, more confident practitioners of their craft.
Author(s): Roberto Valenzuela

Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers (2004)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionTime-tested lighting strategies that will improve the quality of a portrait are detailed in this book for beginning photographers. Terminology used by industry pros is explained, the equipment needed to create professional results is outlined, and the unique role that each element of the lighting setup plays in the studio is explored.
Author(s): Christopher Grey

From Dawn to Dusk: Mastering the Light in Landscape Photography (2018)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis photography guide has a unique structure that leads the reader on an hour-by-hour, picture-by-picture journey from dawn to dusk, and then on into the night. Each chapter focuses on the benefits and challenges of shooting in the available light at a particular time of the day, highlighting suitable landscape types, styles of photography and processing techniques of that moment.
Author(s): Ross Hoddinott, Mark Bauer

Lighting for Photographers: An Introductory Guide to Professional Photography (2019)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionLighting is one of the most important aspects of any photograph. The best images create dimension and drama, which goes beyond formulas and lighting recipes.
Author(s): Joseph Lavine, Brad Bartholomew

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

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionPhotographic 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.

Fine Art Nudes: Lighting and Posing for Black & White Photography (2015)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this book, veteran photographer Stan Trampe shows you how to produce outstanding black & white nude portraits using basic equipment and a simple lighting approach—both in the studio and on location.
Author(s): Stan Trampe

Artificial Lighting for Photography (2009)

 Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate CollectionARTIFICIAL 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.
Author(s): Joy McKenzie, Daniel Overturf

Best Photography Lighting Books: The Ultimate Collection

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 photography 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.

Product Photography: Lighting, Composition, and Shooting Techniques

Author(s): Nath-Sakura
ID: 3418464, Publisher: Rocky Nook, Year: 2022, Size: 57 Mb, Format: epub

Lighting for Photographers: An Introductory Guide to Professional Photography

Author(s): Joe Lavine, Brad Bartholomew
ID: 2819976, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 126 Mb, Format: pdf

Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography

Author(s): Jeff Rojas
ID: 1591980, Publisher: Rocky Nook, Year: 2016, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

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

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