Picture Perfect Lighting: Mastering the Art and Craft of Light for Portraiture

Picture Perfect Lighting Mastering the Art and Craft of Light for Portraiture Roberto 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

  • Title: Picture Perfect Lighting: Mastering the Art and Craft of Light for Portraiture
  • Author: Roberto Valenzuela
  • ISBN: 9781937538750
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Roberto 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, confident practitioners of their craft His two previous books, Picture Perfect Practice and Picture PRoberto 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, confident practitioners of their craft His two previous books, Picture Perfect Practice and Picture Perfect Posing, shattered the mold of instructional photography books as they empowered readers to advance their composition and posing skills Picture Perfect Lighting, the third book in the Picture Perfect series, brings that same spirit and approach to teaching lighting With it, Roberto empowers photographers to embrace lighting as a source of creativity and expression in service of their vision for the image In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto has created a truly original system for understanding and controlling light in photography After discussing the universal nature of light, Roberto introduces the five key behaviors of light, which are essential to understand in order to improve your knowledge of light With those behaviors established, Roberto introduces his concept of circumstantial light, an ingenious way of examining and breaking down the light around you in any given situation Providing a detailed analysis of circumstantial light, Roberto develops the top ten circumstantial light elements you need to know in order to fully harness the power of the light around you to create an image that is true to your vision But how will you know if the circumstantial light is enough The final piece of the Picture Perfect Lighting system is Roberto s lighting benchmark test, a brilliant method for determining the quality of the light in any given situation It is with the lighting benchmark test that you will determine if and when you need to use helper light, the light that is needed or manipulated in order to help the circumstantial light so that your vision comes to life Helper light is created with diffusers, reflectors, flashes, strobes, and light modifiers Picture Perfect Lighting covers all of this in depth Don t limit yourself to using only one kind of light, and don t depend on Photoshop actions and plug ins to create the wow factor in your images That is the job of light With Picture Perfect Lighting by your side, you will learn to master light With that mastery, you will finally have the ability to create that true wow factor in camera and in your photographs.

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    1. This book takes a great approach to lighting. It helps you see & use the environment to your advantage. And it encourages using lighting tools to bring up the light in a photograph, rather than compensating with high ISO settings.

    2. "Most Enlightening Lighting Book"As a retired clinical researcher with several years’ experience as a news and events photographer, I’ve spent decades honing my skills in diverse genres. Most of my work can be categorized “Photography as Documentary. I have almost no exposure to studio lighting, but my interest has grown in the past year. I was first attracted to Picture Perfect Lighting, frankly, by its stunning cover. But several pages into the book, I realized I had stumbled on somethin [...]

    3. This is an excellent book, and very well written. What I like is the organised nature of the book, where he has started with basic principles, and then moved on to how to analyse a situation, place and light. This is excellent, especially for a person like me who does primarily landscape photography and has started doing a fair amount of portrait photography.This book is superb, as it allows a photographer to look at light from the perspective of people. Thus, you move away from the 'traditional [...]

    4. I have watched several of Roberto Valenzeula’s classes on Creative Live and I have his first book, Picture Perfect Practice. Somehow I missed his second book, Picture Perfect Posing, but it’s on it’s way to me even as I type this!Roberto never ceases to amaze me with his work ethic and his attention to detail. Those characteristics shine through in this book as he takes you step by step on how to master light. After reading the first 3 chapters, I purchased a Moleskin notebook, just for ta [...]

    5. I absolutely love every page of this book so far. Not only does Roberto know light, he knows teaching. He provides concrete lessons on finding beautiful light anywhere. He gives names to abstract light concepts, some of which I knew but I had no words for. He uses real life examples in breaking down how to see, manage and anticipate light based on its behavior and interaction with the physical world. Ultimately, it will pump up consistency and confidence in photographer. Best photo book I've rea [...]

    6. Roberto is such a great teacher. This book was great!Roberto is such a great teacher and really cares about the industry. This book was great! I highly recommended it.

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