A Shot in the Dark provides great insight into how to save money on lighting equipment by teaching you how to design your own. As everyone knows, good lighting can turn a simple shot a memorable shot.
Hollywood spends millions on gaffer equipment but the average shooter doesn't have access to such funds. This book first discusses what light is and how it works, exposure, color and electricity. Once you've come to understand that, the book teaches how to design your own inexpensive lighting tools for when you're working on a shoestring budget, and still come away with a viable tool that will create dynamic lighting.
About the Author: Jay Holben began his career in theater, eventually becoming a master electrician and lighting designer before making the move to Hollywood first as an electrician, then as a gaffer, before advancing to become a director of photography. As a cinematographer, Holben shot commercials, music videos, documentaries, and feature films.
In 1996 he started as a writer for "American Cinematographer Magazine," eventually rising to technical editor for the publication. He is currently the technical editor for "DV Magazine" and remains a contributing writer for "American Cinematographer" as well as "Videography magazine." Holben has also contributed to several other books including the "American Cinematographer Manual." He is now an independent producer/ director living in Los Angeles.