‘In Character: Actors Acting’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – A Book Review

Book Review, Foreward by Roger Ebert, Howard Schatz, Howard Schatz Photographer, In Character: Actors Acting, Robert Klein, Kelsey Grammer, Don Cheadle, Edie Falco, Rosie Perez, Stage Actors, Screen Actors, Hollywood Actors, Front Cover In Character: Actors Acting” © 2006 by Photographer Howard Schatz is a great book of some technically very poor photography…

How great is this book?

If you are a photographer of people, if you don’t own this book, you should consider at least reading it at your local library.

Why read a book on photography of technically very poor photography?

First of all, Schatz is a Continue reading ‘In Character: Actors Acting’ by Photographer Howard Schatz – A Book Review

“Shooting in Sh*tty ‘Shitty’ Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them” Book Review

How to shoot in Shitty Light, How to shoot in sh*tty light; book reviewThe just out in paperback “Shooting in Sh*tty ‘Shitty’ Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them” by Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind is one of the finest, easiest to comprehend books on shooting in available light I have seen.

Just so you know up front, it is pretty much only directly applicable to shooting of people as subjects … If you are shooting landscapes or macro, etc, this is Continue reading “Shooting in Sh*tty ‘Shitty’ Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them” Book Review

“Sorayama Masterworks” by Hajime Sorayama – Book Review

Sorayama, erotic art, glamour

Sorayama Masterworks” by fine artist Hajime Sorayama is a showcase work of extraordinary erotic art.

© 2010, this is a 448 page tomb.

Full of images, which depict the horrific, in an erotic detail and joy … which keep the viewer engaged.

Clearly, Sorayama  is a prodigious and prolific talent.

The Smithsonian and MOMA both are homes to permanent collections of his work …

The imagination, skill and sheer volume his of work boggle the mind.

His images mix pleasure with Continue reading “Sorayama Masterworks” by Hajime Sorayama – Book Review

“Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” by Mark A. Vieira – Book Review

Hurrell's Hollwood Portraits, front cover, by Mark A Vieira, George Hurrell, Joan CrawfordHurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” © 1997 by photographer Mark A. Vieira is a 223 page hard cover out of print must have.

If you are a student of or an aficionados of the Hollywood glamour style of lighting and photography of the studio Golden Era publicity portraits.

Hurrell is one of the eras most well know practitioners of the style, which included Rembrandtesque lighting, accomplished with moody hot movie studio fresnel spot lights.

What is Rembrandtesque lighting?  For one, Rembrandt lighting casts Continue reading “Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” by Mark A. Vieira – Book Review

“BEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez – Book Review

Beyond the Glamour Photograph, how to get started and be successful as a Boudoir, Glamour and Swimsuit Photographer, Andy McFarland, Jack Watson, hot blonde with lear get, hot blonde with G4, Gulf Streem Jet with hot blondeBEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD,” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez,”  this book has a long title… Let’s trim that down to “Beyond the Glamour Photograph,” okay?

Jack Watson and Andy McFarland have cooperated on this book together.  Most of the writing is by Jack, who shots a great deal using studio lights and with flash on location.

Andy, by contrast, shoots almost entirely using daylight along with lighting modifiers and has quite a success photographing bathing suits and with on-line download for fee sites…

While markets and technologies change, written in 2009, the advise still seems fairly timely.

Of widely differing styles, both these photographers have some excellent skills as demonstrated by the many glamour illustrations Continue reading “BEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez – Book Review

“Pin up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” by Alain Aslan – Book Review

Pin-up 2, coulours et mines de plomb, Alain Aslan, Nude fine art Pin-up, book, front coverPin-up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” © 2011 is a compilation of earlier pinup art, with airbrush feel, by French artist Alain Aslan.

Pin-up2” is largely a book of paintings, as such its language is primarily the universally recognized langauge of images.  Like “Pin-up,” also by Aslan, “Pin-up2” has very few Continue reading “Pin up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” by Alain Aslan – Book Review

“Let Them Eat Cheesecake, The Art of Olivia” by Olivia De Berardinis – Book Review

"Let Them Eat Cheesecake, The Art of Olivia" by Olivia De Berardinis - Book Review, Front cover, Black opera gloves, blonde, pearls, pin-upIf you like artfully done, photo realistic art pieces of lovely lovely women wearing comely smiles and revealing lingerie in a modern pin-upish style, then “Let Them Eat Cheesecake, The Art of Olivia” by Olivia De Berardinis © 1993 is 108 pages of joy between two hard cardboard covers created just for the likes of you.

I have long enjoyed Olivia’s works, which have appeared in often in Playboy.

Over the years, her look has served both to Continue reading “Let Them Eat Cheesecake, The Art of Olivia” by Olivia De Berardinis – Book Review

“Professional Digital Techniques for Nude & Glamour Photography” by Bill Lemon – Book Review

Bill Lemon, Professional Digital Techniques for Nude & Glamour Photography, Front Cover, Woman in concrete tube, naked, nude, implied nudeProfessional Digital Techniques for Nude & Glamour Photography” © 2006 by Bill Lemon is a volume I picked up after having read and been so very impressed, i.e. learned a lot about textures and black and white nudes, from Bill’s © 2009 “Light, Shadow & Skin Tone: The Complete Guide to Shooting Black & White Glamour Photography Both Digitally and on Film.”

Nude & Glamour Photography” may be a book Bill went to school on for writing books.

I find  Continue reading “Professional Digital Techniques for Nude & Glamour Photography” by Bill Lemon – Book Review

“Pin-up” by Alain Aslan – Book Review

Aslan, Alain Aslan, Pin-up, Front Cover, AsPam, AsPan, As Lan, As Pan, As Pam, As Lam, Brown Hair, Long Brown Hair, Seated Nude, Grass, High Key
Alain Aslan's 'Pin-up'

Pin-up” © 2010 is a compilation of earlier pinup art, with airbrush feel, by French artist Alain Aslan.

Though of very very few words, what words there are in “Pin-up” are written in French.

Unless you speak French, you’ll have to content yourself with the paintings.  Easily done.

Lucky for us, this is primarily a book of many many excellent examples of Aslan’s pin up paintings.

Born 1930 in Bordeaux, France, Aslan is sculptor, painter and most importantly for me, a pinup artist.

His color pin-ups are much in the style, medium and material wise, as those of Olivia De Berardinis and Alberto Vargas.

In the 70’s and 80’s, Olivia’s and Vargas’ works were often Continue reading “Pin-up” by Alain Aslan – Book Review

‘Body Painting’ by Doug Mitchel – A book review

Red Corset, Body Painting, Doug Mitchel, Red HeadBody Painting‘ ©  2008 by photographer Doug Mitchel is a kind of how to book of body painting.

The method used in ‘Body Painting‘ is to capture in 144 pages production photos of the works of 10 body painters while they paint a girl.

The production photos start with the model coming into the studio from the street, and on to the finished work.

Each production image has a caption explaining the step the artist is working on.

Then there are images of the finished piece, artists’ Continue reading ‘Body Painting’ by Doug Mitchel – A book review

‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 4 – Book Review

The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 4, Oceana, Jeff Wack, Digital Artist, Front cover, Two Nude Women, Mermaids, Swimming in kelp beds, underwater nudes, brunette
Master Winner 'Oceana' Digital Art by Jeff Wack on Front Cover

The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 4‘ © 2011 is the latest currently available volume to this most excellent 4 volume series of examples of the worlds finest erotic art.

Volume 4 contains erotic art separated into and representing five broad categories:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture

What the 4th volume brings to the table is a world wide sampling of today’s best in erotic art.

And, its the best volume yet.  JMHO

Vagina Sculpture in Conch shell, white pearl clitoris, 'Princess of Pearls'  Surrealerotik, Ceramic Sculpture, The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 4-1346
'Princess of Pearls' Surrealerotik, Ceramic Sculpture

Why is Volume 4 better than Volume 1, 2 or 3?

For the same reason that the Continue reading ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 4 – Book Review

‘Culo’ by Raphael Mazzucco – A book review

Red Body Painted nude woman's posterior, 'Culo' by Raphael Mazzucco
'Culo' Front Cover, Red Body Paint

Culo‘ ©  2011 by photographer Raphael Mazzucco, paraphrasing is a tribute to “derriere, tush, rear end, booty, or just plain culo.”

Photo books are the easiest to review.  You open, you look, you flip.  There are like almost no pages with words.  ‘Culo‘ is like child hood for adults.  The photos are good.  Fine quality art photos of beautiful women’s posteriors, 248 pages pretty much cover to cover.

Culo‘ is not a how-to book.  It is very much a large coffee table book of images of beautiful women’s tushes.

Mazzucco feels that female posterior Continue reading ‘Culo’ by Raphael Mazzucco – A book review

“Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash” by Joe McNally – A Book Review

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash‘ © 2011 by Joe McNally is one of those 432 page books I’m reading cover to cover.

McNally starts off Chapter 1 with one redheaded model, on seamless white background.

Mose's Like Man lit with 1x3 foot Strip Soft Box and Quadra, Sketching Light, Illustrated Possiblities of Flash, Joe McNally
Lit with a 1'x3' Strip Softbox from the bed of a pickup truck

Chapter 1 demonstrates in words and pictures how different light modifiers, like beauty dishes, soft boxes and umbrellas create different effects, based on which modifier is used and where the modifier is placed in relation to this subject.

With regards to lighting with flash of people as subjects, ‘Sketching Light‘ is exactly the kind of book I’ve been searching for.

There are books we pick up and put down.  Books we like for the images and books we learn from.

For shooting people on location and in studio, ‘Sketching Light‘ is one of the books we learn from about how to use Continue reading “Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash” by Joe McNally – A Book Review