With Kevin Kubota as author, it’s not a great surprise “Lighting Notebook” is a high quality learning resource for lighting. Personally, I have experienced Kubota as an excellent teacher of Photoshop CS5 on Lynda. Much of what I learned about photo editing, I learned from Kevin’s clear, concise and well organized instructional videos.
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While the title does not say so, “Lighting Notebook” is really a book about lighting for photographing women.
Be it nude, dressed, fashion, glamour, commercial, editorial, etc. Kubota’s “Lighting Notebook” is about lighting women.
Yousuf Karsh is the photographer whose portraits etched in our minds the character of the mid 20th century’s iconic personalities.
Is there a photo stuck in your mind from this period that screams character, like Winston Churchill, Jacques Cousteau, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Einstein?
If yes, there is an excellent chance that the portrait was taken by Karsh.
Karsh was born in 1908 in Armenia. A boy during the turmoil of World War I, Karsh lived through, though not all of his family survived the atrocities. Thankfully, by 16 he had managed his way to safe refuge in Ottawa, Canada.
It was 1941 in Canada where Karsh first photographed the soon to be iconic portrait of Winston Churchill.
Before this succeed with Churchill, Karsh shares how his first sitting with the rich and famous family members of a friend resulted in a bit of fumbling and ended rather poorly.
Luckily for him, the same subjects gave him a second, more successful opportunity for a sitting.
These beginnings lead eventually to the opportunity with Churchill.
Success with Churchill flowed rather more quickly into work with the famous and powerful movers and shakers among the Allies during World War II.
After the war and decades thereafter, for people of character, whether rich, powerful or famous, a portrait by Karsh was a hallmark symbol of passage.
Aside from just the fact that success breeds success, Karsh’s images have a way of dripping with character. His lighting is often hard, showing textures, lines, tones … character.
On first look, “Guide to Boudoir Photography” by professional Boudoir Photographer Ellie Vayo of Mentor, Ohio looks like some pretty poor piece of work…
Then, if you take the time, you look beneath this initial layer, and see that business sense, that knowledge of her customers and market, that marketing genius, which Ellie shares, and which savvy has made boudoir a successful part of her overall portraiture business in little ole Mentor, OH for decades.