Studio lighting – creating portraits with a difference | getting the best from a model

Richard Cawood has created a distinctive style of portraiture. In this article you can discover how he achieves his style, learn some tips for beginners and look in detail at the lighting rig he uses when travelling.

Richard Cawood has created a distinctive style of portraiture. In the first article we looked at what is behind his emotive minimalist style. In this second article you can learn more about how he works with models and go behind the scenes with details of a typical studio lighting rig.

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Studio lighting
creating portraits with a difference
getting the best from a model

Let there be lights

Illuminating tips on lighting

Let there be lights
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Basics Photography – Lighting

This book covers all forms of lighting and the equipment that produces it. Dedicated chapters explain the basic theory of light, natural light, light that is available and light that is specifically produced for photography. Later chapters look at how to control and use light, encouraging experimentation and exploration.

The book is illustrated throughout with thought-provoking and creative images from contemporary practitioners, some of which have been taken especially for the book. Technical photographic concepts are identified, examined and explained in a straightforward manner.

Remains of the day
by Adam Burton
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Noonday church
by Rod Edwards
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Minaret turn
by Dale Sanders
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Early morning dear
by Andy Flowerday
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The Basics Photography series from AVA Publishing’s Academia list comprises a collection of titles including: Lighting, Composition, Capturing Colour, Post-Production Black & White, Post-Production Colour and Working in Black & White. Packed with useful tips and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential introduction to the subject.

Understanding lighting is fundamental to good photography and a good photographer learns to paint with light. How any image is lit will change how the viewer sees and interprets the content.

The book is split into six sections. The first section looks into the theory and background of how all light ‘works’ for the photographer; the different types of light and the rules it obeys. Natural light, available light and photographic light sources in the studio are all explained and key guidance given on how to measure light for the best photographic exposure.

The book concludes by looking at how to control and use light. Mastery of the basics of lighting will give the reader confidence to explore and experiment. Technical concepts are explained through the use of clear diagrams and in a glossary that runs throughout each section. The book is beautifully illustrated with inspiring and compelling images, many taken especially for this publication.

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Photographie culinaire : la vie d’un studio

David Bonnier est le gérant du Studio B spécialisé dans la photographie culinaire. Il revient sur la vie du studio où photographes, stylistes et retoucheurs travaillent de concert en remodelant la réalité des produits pour construire les images les plus appétissantes.

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Photographie culinaire : la vie d’un studio
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