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Learn all three aspects of what it takes to create stunning portraits—lighting, shooting, and retouching!

Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling author of photography techniques books, has reinvented how lighting books are written by revealing the entire process from start to finish, all in this one book. In this fully revised and updated edition of his smash best-selling book Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It, you’ll see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact sheet of the progression of the shoot), to the all-important part that most books don’t dare include–the post-processing and retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop.

This book also breaks new ground in the visual way that Scott teaches you the lighting setups. There aren’t any sketches or 3D models–you see the actual lighting layout in photos taken during the live shoot. You’ll see angles from above, to the side, and every other helpful perspective you may need, while also showing the exact distances between the light and the subject and the background. You name it—you see it all. Plus, you get additional behind-the-scenes views so you can be confident that you’ll absolutely nail the lighting every time.

Throughout the book, Scott uses speedlights/flash for all of the lighting techniques. So whether you use flashes or studio strobes, the book will work for you. You’ll learn:

• The step-by-step layouts for creating the most-requested and sought-after lighting looks

• How to get more out of one light than you ever thought you could (this is worth buying the book alone!)

• How to control and shape your light without breaking the bank

• The camera settings, gear, and power settings for every shot

• The retouching techniques the pros really use to make their subjects look their very best

• How to retouch hair, eyes, lips, skin, and lots of other little retouching tricks that make a really big difference

• How to create high-contrast portrait effects without buying expensive plug-ins

• A host of insider tricks, invaluable shortcuts, and jaw-dropping special effects to give you a real advantage over the competition




Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. 17 Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  9. 10 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me When I First Started Using Flash
  10. Chapter 01: Beauty Look Clamshell Lighting
  11. Chapter 02: Dramatic Portrait
  12. Chapter 03: Simple One-Flash Look
  13. Chapter 04: Location Flash with Backlight
  14. Chapter 05: Contrasty Side Lighting
  15. Chapter 06: Corporate Headshot (Male)
  16. Chapter 07: Corporate Headshot (Female)
  17. Chapter 08: Window Light + Flash
  18. Chapter 09: Sports Look
  19. Chapter 10: Fashion Lighting
  20. Chapter 11: Gel Color Effects
  21. Chapter 12: Rim Lighting
  22. Chapter 13: One-Flash Location
  23. Chapter 14: Compositing Portraits
  24. Chapter 15: Sunset Location
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