“The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today – Volume 1” – A book review

The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 1, Front CoverThe World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 1‘ ©  2007 is the first of this currently 4 volume series.

Like its sisters, ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 1‘  displays examples of the worlds most diverse and best contemporary erotic art.

As with the other three volumes, this lead off volume is the pace setter.

It is resplendent with superb images of the finest in juried erotic art by artists from around the globe.

hot blonde, big boobs, big breasts, naked, Car Wash, Nude Pin up, Pinup, washing car, soap suds, soapy, big blonde, Cadillac tail fins, red Cadillac, classic red convertible Cadillac, naked blond sitting on red convertible Cadillac, 'An American Classic' Dave Nestler, Acrylic on board, Fine Art, The worlds greatest erotic art volume 1
'An American Classic' Dave Nestler, Acrylic on board, Fine Art

 

Volume 1 contains erotic art separated into and representing four broad categories:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Sculpture

The quality of images have to be seen to be appreciated, or believed.

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“Lighting for Nude Photography” – by Rod Ashford – A book review

Lighting for Nude Photography, three rim lights, soft boxes, black and white fine art nude profilePublished in 2002,  ‘Lighting for Nude Photography‘ is a timeless treatment of how to light the nude by some of the finest fine art nude photographers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

159 pages in paperback, at 10.75 x 9 x 0.5 inches, is about the size of a magazine.

The first 20 pages or so are general how tos and definitions and such … for example:

What is a Scrim?

“Any kind of material placed in front of a light to reduce its intensity.”

Also in these pages are some glancing references to Continue reading “Lighting for Nude Photography” – by Rod Ashford – A book review

‘Superbeauty’ by Photographer J. Stephen Hicks – Book Review

Superbeauty, J Stephen Hicks, Front Cover, Brunette Nude Profile ‘Superbeauty‘ by J. Stephen Hicks is a 160 page hardcover volume of photographs of beautiful nude women.

If you have ever seen some of Stephen’s video of his photo demonstrations, he is a master of outdoor lighting setups for a kind of editorial Playboy Magazine style of look.

The first 10 pages are in English and German and give a little bit of bio information on Hicks.  With regards to his methods, little beyond the fact that he was shooting exclusively digital in the last 5 years, book is © 2010, is to be learned.

This is  Continue reading ‘Superbeauty’ by Photographer J. Stephen Hicks – Book Review

“Lighting Notebook, 101 Lighting styles and setups for Digital Photographers” by Photographer Kevin Kubota – Book Review

Lighting Notebook, Kevin Kubota, 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital PhotogaphersIf you photograph women, “Lighting Notebook, 101 Lighting styles and setups for Digital Photographers” by photographer Kevin Kubota is a great book choice to learn about lighting.

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.

To preview some of the instructional editing videos Kevin has produced, explore the  7-day free trial to lynda.com for a complementary taste of the many excellent Photoshop video instructionals available on Lynda.

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.

Fresh off the presses © 2011, there are two main sections to this modest sized 9.25 x 7.5 x 0.75 inch paperback book.

The first section is a how to of Continue reading “Lighting Notebook, 101 Lighting styles and setups for Digital Photographers” by Photographer Kevin Kubota – Book Review

‘Karsh Portraits’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

Karsh Portraits, Yousuf Karsh, front cover, Ernest Hemingway, Jacques CousteauFor aficionados of Karsh’s portraits, ‘Karsh Portraits‘ by Yousuf Karsh is the must own volume.

We have also reviewed ‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective‘, which is far more biographical, click here to see review.  If you wish to know more about Karsh’s life, ‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective‘ is the volume to buy.

To know more about Karsh’s style and to see better representation of his best work Continue reading ‘Karsh Portraits’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

‘Alvarado’s Classic Modern Pin-ups’ by Photographer Robert Alvarado – Book Review

Robert Alvarado, Ashalynn, Girl in Pink and Black Striped hose, top hat, squatting, Alvarado's Classic Modern Pin-ups, front coverAlvarado’s Classic Modern Pin-ups‘ just arrived in my mail and it’s cover to cover a collection of Alvarado’s modern take on the classic Pin-up theme.

I have long been a huge fan of Robert Alvarado’s work.  In fact, Robert was our lead off photographer profiled on GlamourPhotography.co  on January 1, 2011.

Robert has a highly recognizable stylized form of modern pin-up photography.

We photographers learn from each other.

Alvarado’s style is one which photography blogs are often talking about trying, as photographers oft do, to reverse engineer the Alvarado signature process.

I have heard him say in interviews that it takes him Continue reading ‘Alvarado’s Classic Modern Pin-ups’ by Photographer Robert Alvarado – Book Review

‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

Karsh, A fifty year retrospective, Yousuf Karsh, Sophia Loren, red hat, sofa, color

Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective‘ © 1988 is part a who’s who in portraits of movers and shakers and part autobiography, all courtesy of Yousuf Karsh.

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.

George Bernard Shaw, Karsh, Pipe, Broad Lighting, Open Loop Lighting
George Bernard Shaw 1943

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.

Why?

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.

His portrait lighting style is for today perhaps appropriate only to those subjects confident in their Continue reading ‘Karsh, A Fifty Year Retrospective’ by Yousuf Karsh – Book Review

‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 3 – Book Review

Ballet Dancer Nude, World's Greatest Erotic ArtThe World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Volume 3‘,  is 272 pages of the most fabulous, according to some, erotic art of 2009.

Volume 3 is very much like Volume 2 and Volume 1 … not a how to book.

This is a display of some of the finest erotic art available from some of the most talented artists of our time circa the copyright of 2009.

These are images of art to enjoy and inspire.

Over 200 pages are devoted to Continue reading ‘The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today’ – Volume 3 – Book Review

‘The Portrait’ by Glenn Rand and Tim Meyers – Book Review

The Portrait, Glenn Rand, Tim MeyersThe Portrait‘ by Rand and Meyers is a soft covered book chock full of technical information for aspiring portrait photographers.

While many subjects are covered, at 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches and with 200 pages, this book is loaded with detailed information which seems to keep drifting back to lighting portraits.

Where are lights positioned?  What is Rembrandt Lighting?

What was the arrangement of light in Rembrandt’s studio?

What is the color of light?

What happens to shadows on a face as lighting is made harder, softer, moved up/down around ….???

There is a Continue reading ‘The Portrait’ by Glenn Rand and Tim Meyers – Book Review

“Painting Pretty Pictures” by Photographer Rankin – Book Review

Lily Cole, Nude, Sofa, Painted Backdrop, Cover, Painting Pretty Pictures, RankinPainting Pretty Pictures” © 2010 by Photographer Rankin is a thematic photo book with 18 images.

We have reviewed several of Rankins books here on GlamourPhotography.co, see below for a list and links.

The cover image of lovely Lily Cole is repeated in the book interior, sans the title printing across her pretty middle bits.

A thin book, “Painting Pretty Pictures” is less than half an inch thick.

Each interior image has a very high glossy coating.  About the highest quality finish you might find for an in book print.

With the Continue reading “Painting Pretty Pictures” by Photographer Rankin – Book Review

“The Digital Female Nude” by Photographer Peter Adams – Book Review

Digital Female Nude, Peter Adams, Front Cover What first grabs you in “The Digital Female Nude” is the great nudes.

Peter Adams is an Australian photographer extraordinaire of the female nude form.

The Digital Female Nude” is a 176 pages bound in paperback with half half mix of words and photos.

It’s fairly thin book, about 0.5 inches thick and 10 x 7 inches is sized a bit smaller than a page of printer paper.

This is a book of art nudes of women.  The images mainly range from superb to Continue reading “The Digital Female Nude” by Photographer Peter Adams – Book Review

“Ellie Vayo’s Guide to Boudoir Photography” – Book Review

Guide to Boudoir Photography, front coverOn 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.

Ellie view of the business of photography is icing on the cake baked in Jeff Smith’s excellent “Posing for Portrait Photography” – to read review click here.

While the photos in “Guide to Boudoir Photography” are often of a quality that I personally would be Continue reading “Ellie Vayo’s Guide to Boudoir Photography” – Book Review