“The Best of Photographic Lighting: Techniques and Images for Digital Photographers, Second Edition” by Bill Hurter – Book Review

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The Best of Photographic Lighting: Techniques and Images for Digital Photographers, Second Edition
by Bill Hurter is a must have must read book covering the gamut of photographic lighting topics.

It is bar none the best compendium source for overall photographic lighting I have read.

While I study light, and gain bits here and there and everywhere, Hurter has really done and excellent job covered this topic well in a clear and encyclopedic manner.

Included are excellent and ample illustrations and photos to demonstrate ideas covered in the text.

Topics covered are substantial and include:

  • Science of light, how it behaves and is absorbed, its color, etc.
  • Lighting Basics, Key, Fill, Size, Ratios
  • Studio lighting variations
  • Portrait setups explanations, examples & lighting diagrams including:
    • Paramount aka Butterfly lighting
    • Rembrandt lighting
  • Definitions and explanations for things like
    • kicker
    • broad lighting
    • short light
    • loop light
  • Indoor Lighting for buildings and things
    • Effects of Window
    • Lighting for group portraits
  • Food lighting, is fascinating
  • Outdoor lighting
    • Natural and Flash fills

Bill does an excellent job giving founding in most of these lighting topics, with definitions, explanations, discussion and ample pertinent photo illustrations.

The Best of Photographic Lighting” is a fairly easy though meaty read.  Segregated into logical chapters along with the excellent Table of Content, Illustrations and Index make “The Best of Photographic Lighting” a handy guide for anyone wishing to brush up in most any areas of photographic lighting.

The glossary is something someone new to the topic of lighting may also be very keen to read.   “The Best of Photographic Lighting” taught me what a “grid” is, where other books just assume one knows what a grid is, what it’s for and how to use one.

I recommend “The Best of Photographic Lighting” highly to all photographers serious about their art who feel like they could learn more about lighting basics in pretty much most of the more common digital photographic genres.

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