Painting with Light

For the photographic technique, see Light paintingPainting with Light (ISBN 0-520-08949-9) by John Alton is the first book written on cinematography by a major cinematographer. The book was first published in 1949. The book's primary focus is on light and the many complex ways a camera crew can manipulate it for effect. Although much of the technical information is now obsolete, Alton, who worked on the films noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, The Amazing Mr. X, and The Big Combo, explains how lighting, shooting locations, and various camera techniques can be used to create a visual mood in film. It was reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement no. 4845, (1996): 18


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