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Painting with Light

Painting 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 most of the technical information is now dated, writer John Alton, who worked on the films noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, explains how lighting, shooting locations and various camera techniques can be used to create a visual mood in film.

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