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A beginner's set of diagrams for photo studio lighting
by Kim M. Hill, Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved

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This book contains:

  • 42 pages of text and images;
  • 13 lighting scenarios with diagrams, pull-back images and resulting image;
  • How to choose a set of strobes for your new studio;
  • An overview of various light modifiers;
  • An overview of backdrop stands and backdrops;
  • Brief explanation of the inverse square law;
  • How to use a hand-held light meter;
  • Frequently asked questions; and
  • It is spiral bound which allows it to lie flat for convenience.
  • Complimentary Bonus Items:

  • Color photo reference prints;
  • Business forms for portrait services, weddings, and second shooters in MS Word format


    The book is shipped within 14 days via USPS priority mail. Depending on how many books I have on hand, you may receive it much sooner than that. The price includes priority shipping for all United States residents.

    If you live outside the USA, please contact me for an international shipping estimate before placing an order for the book. That way, you can decide if you still wish to proceed with the purchase.


    This book was first published in 2010 by Kim M. Hill. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, nor redistributed, nor used in any form or by any means – graphic, electronic, or mechanical including photocopies, recordings, or informational storage and retrieval systems without prior written consent of the author and publisher, Kim M. Hill.


    The lighting scenarios shown in this book are ones that I use in my own studio on a regular basis including the commonly known lighting styles such as high-key, butterfly light, feathering the light, and more. Even though I majored in photography back in the mid-1980's, the work contained in this book I learned on my own through trial and error in recent years. I decided to write this book because every day I receive emails and private messages from new photographers asking me: “Where do I begin with studio lights?” and “What should I buy to get started” and “How do you do high-key lighting?”. These questions are exactly what I was wondering when I first started out with studio lighting. I only wish I had this type of tool available back then as I believe it would have been a lot easier and faster for me to learn.

    This book is meant for photographers who are new to studio lighting. If you are an established studio photographer, then this book is most likely not going to be of additional benefit to you.

    SPECIAL NOTE: This book is not available to anyone within 100 miles of my own coverage area of zip code 13039. Anyone who falls within that zone will automatically be refunded their money and will not receive a copy of this book. I am doing this because I do not want to have several new studios popping up within my region as the competition is already tough. If you live in New York State and wish to see if you are outside the restricted zone, visit the Rand-McNally website and input my zip code as 13039 in Field A and then enter your zip code in Field B and click Get Mileage. Additionally, use of this book for teaching or mentoring others is prohibited.

    Payments are made through PayPal only. You do not have to open a PayPal account to purchase this book. PayPal will allow you to use your major credit card whether you have an account with PayPal or not. Credit cards accepted are Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

    Due to the custom nature of this book, all sales are final. Before purchasing the book, you will need to have sufficient understanding of how to use your camera in manual mode.


    Traci T. ~ Kentucky
    Kim's Studio 101 book is something I have been needing for the last few years. There are plenty of workshops and knowledgable people for natural light, but finding someone that knows studio lighting is hard to find. In Kim's book, she explains how to use a simple setup with only one light and a reflector. Additionally, she covers more advanced setups using multiple lights. I love how she describes different lights and the modifiers that you can use. Need to know how to use a light meter? Kim teaches you how to use it, too. This book is excellent for beginner photographers just learning studio lighting as well as those of us who have had a studio for some time but are adding to our light collection. Studio 101 also comes with reference prints of the pull back images so that you can see the final product. I also appreciate her sharing her business forms. Studio 101 is a must have for anyone that wants to start learning studio lighting.

    Stephanie T. ~ Kentucky
    I just wanted to tell you how much your book has helped improve my studio lighting. I get so wound up in my vision when I shoot that I forget the basics. This helps me calm down and remember what I need to do to achieve what I see in my head. I love you!

    Jessica L. ~ Utah
    Thank you for such an easy to follow guide. I put it on the floor in my new studio area and was able to get my lights set up quickly following the diagrams. Your explanation for how to use the light meter was also very helpful. I'm no longer afraid to use it!!

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