Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image - The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts (Paperback)
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Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image - The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts (Paperback)

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Published: 14/08/2014
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We can’t shoot good pictures without good lighting, no matter how good the newest cameras are. Shooting under available light gives exposure, but lacks depth, contrast, contour, atmosphere and often separation. The story could be the greatest in the world, but if the lighting is poor viewers will assume it’s amateurish and not take it seriously. Feature films and TV shows, commercials and industrial videos, reality TV and documentaries, even event and wedding videos tell stories. Good lighting can make them look real, while real lighting often makes them look fake.

Lighting for Cinematography, the first volume in the new CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts series, is the indispensable guide for film and video lighting. Written by veteran gaffer and cinematographer David Landau, the book helps the reader create lighting that supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and augments an artistic style. Structured to mimic a 14 week semester, the chapters cover such things as lighting for movement, working with windows, night lighting, lighting the three plains of action and non-fiction lighting. Every chapter includes stills, lighting diagrams and key advice from professionals in the field, as well as lighting exercises to help the reader put into practice what was covered.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781628926927
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 235 x 187 mm


It's dense, detailed, thoughtful, simply written and highly educational. Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image might have been created as a practicum for a 14-week course in cinematography, but David Landau's study of the art and craft of lighting has something for everyone, from the neophyte to the veteran. - Pauline Rogers, ICG Magazine

Lighting for Cinematography is one of the most comprehensive and engaging texts on the subject this reviewer has read … The author fills the volume with outstanding visuals, including screen captures and lighting plans from actual films and television programs, in so doing bringing the lessons to life. Most notably, Landau includes commentary by current practitioners, thus providing an invaluable glimpse into the minds of creative professionals. This is a compelling read for those wishing to improve their craft as well as for those still learning the ropes. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, including students in technical programs, through faculty and professionals. - M. A. Bay, Southern Connecticut State University, CHOICE

Whilst there are some great books with interviews of big time cinematographers out there, there are few books immediately applicable to what emerging cinematographers face on limited budget shoots ... This how-to book addresses how filmmakers on a limited budget and time schedule can achieve professional looking images similar to what they see on the big screen. - British Cinematographer

This unique approach has been needed for a long time and there is simply no other lighting book like this in print. - Peter Stein, ASC, Student Filmmakers

A master class in cinematography! David Landau’s conversational tone mixed with 35 years of technical experience and aesthetic prowess results in a very accessible text that should be cherished by students and professionals alike. Whether he is describing the process of lighting through a window with a 1200 HMI Par with a double scrim, 250 diffusion and 1/2 CTO or describing his method of achieving a firelight effect with several 250W Inkies with a mixture of amber and orange gels and run through a flicker box, Landau’s multiple accounts from his work in the field give this book a much appreciated practicality and voice of authority that is invaluable for the emerging cinematographer. - Harlan Bosmajian, Assistant Professor of Cinematography, Emerson College, USA and Local 600 Director of Photography

David Landau has produced an excellent text in Lighting for Cinematography which manages to cover the practicalities of production, the technical aspects of lighting and vitally the artistic importance of this work. Lighting for Cinematography is constructed to appeal and be of value to the practitioner at all levels; it is equally full of detail for careful consideration and quick hints and images for review before filming. Landau's book is helpfully crammed with instructional diagrams and the chosen images act as exemplars of technique. Lighting for Cinematography contains a series of production skills and helpful hints and exercises; these aspects are exceptionally helpful to the student of film wishing to improve their understanding and technique. I would highly recommend Lighting for Cinematography to those to wish to learn more about this field and to all those interested in the technique and process of film making. - Robert Edgar, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Production, York St John University, UK

Simply written and highly educational, very few books on the market [have such a] wide perspective on the subject. - Luca Pulvirenti, Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, Italy

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