Lighting for Digital Photography written by Syl Arena is a book on lighting in photography.
In this book, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself-how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness-and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that's small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights.
Follow along with Syl and you will:
•Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels
•Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash
•Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that's the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash
•Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots
Chapter 1: The Five Charicteristics of Light
Photography Begins with Looking at Light
Chapter 2: Your Light-Capturing Machine
Using Camera Settings Smartly and Creatively
Chapter 3: Using The Light Around You
Getting Started with Natural Light
Chapter 4: Creating Your Own Light
Getting Started with Artificial Light
Chapter 5: Lighting For Tabletop and Macro Photography
Learn To Light By Starting With Objects
Chapter 6: Lighting Fundamentals For Portraits
Getting Started with Portraits
Chapter 7: Advanced Lighting For Portraits
Adding Depth And Drama To Your Portraits
Appendix: The Gear I Use
About the Author:
Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. He is the author of the bestselling Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. Syl covers the world of photography on his blog Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.