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  • Reccomendations: Cinematography & Lighting DVDs/Books

  • Anderson Black

    June 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’m looking to buy a good training DVD (preferably) or book about achieving cinematic lighting for the digital independent filmmaker.

    What do you guys recommend?

  • Tess Spaulding

    June 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Anderson,

    There are several very good books out there …. if you head over to the ASC website ( you’ll find a store section, with lots of different types of books. I was partial to Motion Picture and Video Lighting as well as Cinematography, Theory and Practice. Look at all the offerings and see which suits you best. One type of book isn’t necessarily good for all, depending on your learning style 🙂

    As always, practice, practice, practice is always the best teacher!

    – Tess

  • John Adams

    June 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Here’s a link from — their ‘best of’ list.


    I’d recommend “Lighting” by Blain Brown. Excellent overview of the whole subject, a great nuts n bolts read about the technology, the tools, and strategies, with diagrams and examples. Includes a DVD illustrating the key concepts as well. Great book.

    His other book “Cinematography” is another excellent resource — very current and includes many chapters regarding shooting digital.

    The lighting forum (all the forums, actually) on is always full of good info, often from seasoned veterans. Throw any specific questions you might have out on there and you’re sure to get helpful replies.

    Hope this helps out. Like Tess mentioned though, the best teacher is practice and the confidence that comes with knowing your tools.

    Rugged yet hygienic.

  • Tess Spaulding

    June 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I can second those recommendations as well … both are excellent books! And Blain Brown sometimes gives lectures in the LA area if he’s not working! A big plus :)) As John mentions, the forums here and at are incredible resources — working DP’s at high levels tend to answer and be involved. My experience in all of these forums has been nothing short of positive – no being looked down upon for asking newbie type questions – everyone is very helpful and willing to share.

    Good luck to you Anderson!

    – Tess

  • Michael Lorushe

    September 1, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I would recommend: ‘Lighting for Digital Video & Television’ by John Jackman.

    Michael Folorunsho
    Clicktone Media

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