Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua have written a truly essential reference for product photographers and an outstanding educational text for all photographers. Light, Science and Magic teaches its readers the principals of lighting.
It describes in detail how to light surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and people for different effects. These subjects were chosen because they are reputed to be the most difficult subjects to light. But because the book emphasizes the principals of lighting, those lessons can be applied to all lighting situations.
The examples in Light,Science and Magic are in-studio, but the principals apply out-of-doors and anywhere that there is light. You don’t need to have a background in studio photography or a knowledge of lighting equipment to understand and benefit from this book.
You need to have only a good understanding of exposure and camera operation. Information on basic lighting equipment is found in the appendices for those who are unfamiliar with studio equipment. Because the principals of lighting apply equally to film photography and digital image capture, most of this book’s content will not go out of date.
No photographer should be without the knowledge in this book. If you can absorb all of the book’s content, there is nothing that you will encounter in all your photographic adventures that you won’t know how to light to get the effect you want. It is well worth its price!