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Studio Lighting & Portraits

If you're interested in leaning about studio photography, these books will help you with understanding the various types of studio lights and methods for positioning your studio lights. For now this also includes books related to posing models for portraits.

The Portrait: Understanding Portrait Photography

A thorough book on portrait photography, it covers ambient, continuous, and strobe light sources, understanding light modifiers and enhancers and the use backgrounds, and utilizing light meters.
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Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios

This book explains how to make great photos with a model, illustrating basic poses, as well as variations for fashion, glamour, and nude photography. It also provides advice on conducting a photo shoot and working with a model and other professionals.
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Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography

This book can be useful for commercial, wedding, and portrait photographers working on location. It provides equipment recommendations and how to work with smaller and lighter-weight equipment without sacrificing quality.
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Lighting for Nude Photography

If you want to learn about lighting and photography, or if you know lighting and just want to be able to photograph nudes and you just need to know where to place your equipment and where to position the model, this book will help you.
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Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide

A full-color guide to all of the Nikon flashes. Organizing and synchronizing the equipment, and determining lighting ratios, can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, this guide, which has been completely updated, can help make it easier for you.
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The Nikon Creative Lighting System

This book shows a simple method for setting up and using the newest Nikon iTTL flash units. It solves common user frustrations with flash and specifically, shows how to use the SB-900, SB-800 and SB-600 strobes.
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Portrait Photographer's Handbook

This guide book teaches how to photograph portraits, covering lighting in a studio and on-location, improving your techniques, and post-production process to create truly flawless looks. Common problems are discussed related to taking portraitures.
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Beginner's Guide to Photographic Lighting: Techniques for Success in the Studio or on Location

Beginner photographers can learn how to create good photos with flattering light with this book. It discusses composition, using the proper equipment, and positioning equipment for better photos.
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Artificial Lighting for Photography

This is the most detailed book on studio lighting. It provides very specific diagrams and examples for learning how to organize your studio lights and other equipment. It may be used with a course, or as an excellent book for very serious self-study.
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