One of my favorite types of photography books to read is the lighting book. There are a handful that I can highly recommend (Light and Shoot 50 Fashion Photos and Christopher Grey’s Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers), and there are websites such as Strobox.com and the Profoto Blog that have many useful lighting diagrams and breakdowns.
The Profoto Blog in particular is especially great because it tends to feature unique, high-quality studio lighting work by highly-regarded professional photographers like Matthew Jordan Smith and Jeremy Cowart.
The Profoto Blog Lighting Tutorials Flipbook
So if you are into lighting and free guides, Profoto has just released their free 125-page digital flipbook on lighting tailormade for tablets and smartphones. There are quite a bit of tutorials on how to light people and products with studio strobes. Granted, everything is lit with Profoto lights, but you can adapt the look with your own preferred lighting solution. Additionally, if you ever wonder what do all of those Profoto equipment are used for, this is also a good introduction to their lighting gear.
Above is the Table of Content to give you an idea of what is available in this flipbook. There are articles on lighting scenarios as well as overviews of different lighting modifiers to explain what kind of light they produce and how they are used. Because this is a digital flipbook, there are also short video clips embedded into some of the pages which help to enhance the overall content.
Here are a couple of sample pages from the flipbook. The first is a behind-the-scenes on a highly stylized studio series using a model covered in licorice (shown below), flour, and cocoa. It is a fascinating look into creating textures through the use of food ingredients. The second sample is a tutorial on how to create a studio fashion shoot one softbox at a time. The third sample page is a section on how to create different looks with different softboxes.
Finally, you can download the entire flipbook as a PDF file if you would like to have an offline copy. Of course, this flipbook is best viewed on a computer screen or a tablet.
The only wish I have for this flipbook is to have even more content or to release it more often. Luckily, you can always learn more about light from the articles on the Profoto blog!
To access the free Profoto lighting flipbook, you can visit their Profoto blog article.