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Film Lighting

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Newly revised and expanded, Film Lighting is an indispensable sourcebook for the aspiring and practicing cinematographer, based on extensive interviews with leading cinematographers and gaffers in the film industry Film lighting is a living, dynamic art influenced by new technologies and the individual styles of leading cinematographers. Reporting on the latest innovations ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 11th 1986 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 1986)
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David Choo
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely terrific book full of detailed insights on my many aspects of film lighting. It's amazing because every chapter starts off with a topic, say a particular kind of light and then 3 gaffers/DP's weigh in on their opinion of that particular light and also share some personal innovative ways to use that light.

So many tiny little things like using a Par Can light from up above to light a little white card as a key for actors without spilling too much light everywhere; adding a VNSP lens to
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Josh
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a cinematographer and Director of Photography, I found this book to be an absolutely fulfilling read and an essential tool for learning more. The book is structured as a series of quotes from various DPs and gaffers throughout the last few decades, so it takes a while to get your head around it and start to take it all in. Then you realize you're hearing all these different techniques and ways to do things from the masters themselves, and you can pick and glean to your heart's content. Defini ...more
Conor Fisher
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is invaluable when it comes to quick tips and tricks to using specific equipment like the best in the business. Whenever I am about to use a new piece of equipment, or need a refresher on one I haven't used in a while, I go to this book to hear the pros talk about it. This gives you endless new ways of thinking about how to use equipment, stage a scene and use the camera and lighting as a driving force for story.

I would say this book is like highlight reel from 30 years of American Ci
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Patrick
Five years ago, I read the earlier version of this book, originally published in 1986; this version updates lighting advice for the digital age, but lighting, unlike image capturing, has not changed so much in the intervening time. This remains a valuable resource with good creative advice from many major cinematographers.
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Pretty good. a little outdated
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