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05 May 2011, 11:10 AM
My book which has been several years in the making is finally out. It is a detailed overview of lighting for all types of representational art, from painting to 3D. The book is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

The first four chapters can be read for free in a very popular tutorial series on my website, which has been a sticky thread in the lighting forum on CGTalk for a few years:

Light - a detailed tutorial (

The book itself goes into a lot more depth, and covers not only practical lighting but also how to light for composition, story and symbolism. There are also chapters on dealing with people and environments.

Check out the details on Amazon US ( or Amazon UK (

05 May 2011, 11:19 AM
Congratulations on finishing the book. Books about cg-lighting are rare and much needed. Right now there's no preview, so could you tell a bit about the table of content?

05 May 2011, 11:32 AM
Congrats on finishing the book and +1 for a bit of a preview on the contents.

Thanks for the 4 part tute as well, I really find the way light interacts with the things fascinating.

05 May 2011, 11:42 AM
The table of contents is as follows:

Part 1 : Lighting Fundamentals
Chapter 1 : Basic Principles
Chapter 2 : Light Direction
Chapter 3 : Natural Light
Chapter 4 : Indoor & Artificial Light
Chapter 5 : Shadows
Chapter 6 : Surfaces
Chapter 7 : Diffuse Reflection
Chapter 8 : Direct Reflection
Chapter 9 : Translucency & Transparency
Chapter 10 : Light & Colour

Part 2 : Lighting People & Places
Chapter 11 : Light & People
Chapter 12 : Light in the Environment

Part 3 : Creative Lighting
Chapter 13 : Composition & Staging
Chapter 14 : Mood & Symbolism
Chapter 15 : Time, Location & Story

As for preview, the content in the tutorial on my site is the first four chapters and should give you a good idea of the rest of the book.

05 May 2011, 01:14 PM
placed my order.

05 May 2011, 04:25 PM
Just bought a copy too. Looks like great book. Congrats man!!

05 May 2011, 04:37 PM
Ordered it too, but amazon tells me it won't be available for another month. :hmm:

05 May 2011, 04:57 PM
Ordered it too, but amazon tells me it won't be available for another month. :hmm:

That's weird, and Amazon UK both list it as being in stock. Sorry if you have to wait, maybe it's a glitch.

05 May 2011, 06:24 PM
Looks amazing, congratulations for the book. I'll place an order tonight when I get home.

05 May 2011, 09:13 PM
I am somewhat biased, but I've had the book for a few weeks now and I can't say enough good things about it.

Highly recommended!

05 May 2011, 10:22 PM
If Brian likes it, then i'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation B!


05 May 2011, 11:12 PM
havn't even seen the book, but +1 just based on your awesome lighting tutes, there always a great reference when your stuck

05 May 2011, 03:13 AM
Congrats on your book! I've been looking for something like this so I'll be placing an order. I mostly use 3DS Max with mental ray so understanding lights and lighting more will give me better results. Thanks!

05 May 2011, 02:45 AM
i've ordered a copy

05 May 2011, 10:10 AM
That's weird, and Amazon UK both list it as being in stock. Sorry if you have to wait, maybe it's a glitch.

I just got a mail telling me the book will be available before the expected date, seems like it really was a glitch! :beer:

05 May 2011, 04:11 PM
I bought this because your online tutorials were so well written, and the book is even better. Thanks for writing it, I'll be recommending it to my lighting class for next semester.

05 May 2011, 02:05 PM
I'm going to buy it just because your online tutorials have helped me so much in the past, I've learned from them, so thank you for that and for the book.

Best wishes!

05 May 2011, 09:52 AM
this looks really fine, Ill try it :)

05 May 2011, 11:12 AM
Thanks for all the positive feedback, I really appreciate it!

For anyone who likes the tutorial it's worth noting that the book does go into a lot more depth, and that the sections on the creative use of lighting (for composition and story-telling) add a whole new dimension to the subject.

05 May 2011, 12:19 AM
Just ordered my copy :). Your lighting tutorial is the best intro to lighting primer I've ever read and instantly classic- so I know the book will be awesome.

05 May 2011, 01:06 AM
Just received my copy today.
The first impression is excellent! I showed it to some of my lighter colleagues and they're going to order it as well.
And considering this was only 31$ including shipping from the US, this is truely value for money. Great job Richard!

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