I have searched a little but haven't found a good compiled list of books to read for great cinematoraphy and lighting. We should compile a list and sticky it.
Maybe even break it down into categories. ie. "film" "video" "lighting" etc.
Or maybe styles of film ie. "for this style of film, ______ book or author best describes or is known for how to set up dramatic film noir" while "______ book or author is best known for good bright lighting for basic love stories" etc.
Just some thoughts... i would love to see something like that. I think that would help the more and more peolple showing up here that are starting to realize that snapping on a zeiss lense won't automatically make it look like "Amélie."
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04-10-2008 02:02 PM
Last edited by brock2621; 04-10-2008 at 02:41 PM.
04-10-2008 03:53 PM
For learning the technical aspects:
For creative aspects:
although I haven't read it yet, I hear that's a good one.
I haven't found a book that I like yet that covers lighting setups and that sort of thing.
edit -- these all deal with lighting and grip."You'd better cure all those personal problems that might be holding back something you want to say." -John Cassavetes
04-14-2008 03:33 PM
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Set Lighting Technician's Handbook by Harry C. Box
I NEVER do a complicated shoot without it. Just a fantastic reference...and a great reminder of those little things you always forget to utilize!
04-14-2008 04:41 PM
Ditto the Alton book AND the handbook by Box...
I also liked Film Lighting by Kris Malkiewicz...lots of comments by DPs and gaffers."...almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie." Orson Welles
04-21-2008 10:25 AM
I agree, I found Alton's Painting with Light and Box's Set Lighting Technicians books very good. I also really like Mascelli's The 5 C's of Cinematography.
04-21-2008 10:49 AMEveryOne is the One ...
04-21-2008 10:56 AM
i found this book to be helpful, but i knew *nothing* about lighting when i read it:
04-25-2008 07:43 AM
Check out http://www.cinematography.net/Books.htm there's a list here of nice books varying in different topics (mainly cinematography and operating I believe). I own a few by Blain Brown and David Mullen. Also browse that website as some of the authors actually do post there regularly; CML is loaded with seasoned pros always giving their tips and insights...
Also check out Michael Rabiger's Directing Techniques and Aesthetics- that book summed up almost two whole semesters of coursework near halfway through thru the book... find it on amazon.com or Barnes & Nobles
04-25-2008 07:58 AM
Here are a few of my favorites (in no order, just looking through my book shelf) - j
American Cinematographer Video Manual - ASC
Film Directing Shot by Shot - steven katz
Professional Cinematography - Charles Clarke
A director's method to film and Television - Ron Richards
MAtters of LIght and Depth - Ross Lowell
Reflections - Benjamin Bergery
05-07-2008 02:43 PM
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really like the reflections book....