A fantastic reference point to those wanting to advance their studio photography


Title: The Studio Photographer’s Lighting Bible

Author: Calvey Taylor-Haw

ISBN: 2940378231

Publisher: Roto Vision


Review: With more than 30 years of advertising and still-life photography under his belt and more than 30 cookery book credits to his name, Calvey Taylor-Haw sure knows a thing or two about studio lighting and photography. A client list including L’Oréal, Unilever and Yves Saint Laurent show that he’s also well-respected within the business.

Taylor-Haw’s guide is separated into two sections – ‘Subjects and Genres’ and ‘Key Considerations’. Within each section are a series of sub-sections consisting of both a short explanation and an example image, accompanied by a technique box-out describing the shot and the equipment used, alongside a 3D graphic of where the lighting was placed on the shot. This graphic is fantastic as it allows the reader to visualise how exactly the lighting was used, rather then just read the list of equipment. As a complete guide from an experienced photographer, this book is a fantastic introduction for beginners and reference point to those wanting to advance their studio photography.

What Digital Camera Score: 87%