Ross Lowell's Matter of Light & Depth

Called "essentially practical & practically essential", Lowel Light founder Ross Lowell's critically acclaimed Matters of Light & Depth is published by Lowel-Light. Filled with illustrations, photographs, and decades of real world experience, the book has become a valuable resource for all those interested in expanding their knowledge of lighting.

Choosing the right lighting equipment is only half the battle. The craft of lighting is an art that can be pursued for a lifetime, and even the most successful professionals are continually striving to learn more. Originally begun as a little pamphlet on lighting tips based on Ross' years of experience in film making & photography (the same experience he called upon when inventing many Lowel lighting fixtures). That little pamphlet grew until it finally resulted in this full sized book. ross lowel's matter of light and depth With something to offer any lighting professional, from novice to seasoned veteran, including thoughtful essays and lighting exercises in each chapter, it's certain to help you grow and develop your own approach to this creative art.

The book is available from Lowel dealers,

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The Range of the Book

The Details of the Book

The author is a multi-award-winning cinematographer and Academy Award-winning lighting equipment inventor who has taught photographic lighting to both students and pros. In addition to his own techniques, photos, and "light philosophy," Ross Lowell interweaves the insights and images of distinguished lighting directors, photographers, filmmakers and classic painters.

Some of the subjects explored include:
  • Color Temperature Matters
  • Hearing the Light
  • Lighting Planes
  • Lighting People
  • Meter Matters
  • Finessing the Light
  • Motivating the Light
  • Two-Light Techniques
  • The One-Light Approach
  • Setting Up a Small Studio
  • Superior Exterior Lighting
  • The Art & Craft of Lighting Craft & Art
  • Best Ways to Achieve the Worst Lighting
Code: BL-10
Size: 9" x 9"
Cover: Coated cover stock
Pages: 224, two-color throughout
Subject: Video, film and still lighting and composition
US List Price: $41.00
Glossary: Approximately 500 entries
Full color pages-26



The two hard reflectors that redirected sun through the far window solved the problem of how to light the long corridor dramatically and quickly while maintaining the anonymity of resident juvenile prisoners.

A brilliantly effective teaching tool witty, beautifully designed plus it's user friendly

Tom McDonough, cinematographer and author,
"Light Years"

Ross has squeezed a lifetime of lighting experience and insight into one inspiring volumeS While it focuses on the inexperienced reader, it also helps those of us who have been lighting for decades to understand why we do it the way we do it.

Gill McDowell,
lighting director/gaffer

I am still citing Ross Lowell as the sensitive character who knew what light and movement were all about. This book confirms it.

Peter Jennings,
anchorman, ABC News

Ross Lowell has spent his life learning and teaching about light...[This book] should be owned by everyone who has any kind of cameras The reward for reading just a few chapters...will surely be better pictures...Mr. Lowell's writingS has a lyrical and spiritual dimension that is inspiring...

John Durniak,
"Valuable Lessons from a Master of Light,"
The New York Times

"As a teacher, I particularly value several chapters, such as Lighting by Numbers, In Broad Daylight, Dynamic Lighting of Static Subjects, Shedding Light, and Lights-On Lessons. These sections are teeming with the kind of applied wisdom that students are starving for. I enjoyed reading it; better yet, I learned a lot from it."

Charles Merzbacher,
professor, New York University,
Dept. of Film & TV

The book also includes an fully updated & expanded Glossary of lighting definitions called "Terms of Enlightenment". It is based on an original 500 item glossary that appears in our catalog.

To view the catalog Glossary, click here.