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A Shot in the Dark


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Introduction. 1. Basic Supplies. 2. The Fundamentals. 3. Understanding Exposure. 4. Understanding Electricity. 5. Light Quality. 6. Lighting Techniques. 7. Soft Boxes. 8. Tungsten Fixtures. 9. Fluorescent Fixtures. 10. LEDs. 11. Thinking Outside the Box. 12. Additional Accessories / Tools. Glossary. Index.

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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."


Part I: BASIC DIGITAL SLR TECHNOLOGY. 1. Inside a Digital SLR Camera. 2. Mastering Your dLSR's Controls. 3. DSLR Quirks and Strengths. 4. Understanding Exposure. 5. Working with Lenses. 6. Using Light. Part II: NEW TOOLS. 7. Live View and MovieMaking. 8. Exploring with WiFi and GPS. 9. Using iPhone/iPad/iPod Apps. 10. Digital SLR Photography Now and in the Future. Part III: EXPAND YOUR SHOOTING WORLD. 11. Travel and Street Photography. 12. Portraits and Glamour. 13. Photographing Concerts and Performances. 14. Wildlife and Nature. 15. Freezing Action. 16. Mastering Close-Up Photography.

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