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Studio lighting offers portrait photographers unlimited creative control. Mastering its use requires a specific skill set, however. Fortunately, portrait photography legend Tony Corbell is up to the task of showing readers how to harness its full power. He sets a foundation for mastering the use of strobes and continuous lighting sources (LEDs, tungsten lights, and fluorescent sources), creating effective lighting setups (with the aid of detailed, yet simple-to-understand diagrams), metering and adjusting the light, correcting color imbalances, softening harsh shadows, and more. He also introduces readers to the proper use of standard photographic modifiers softboxes, umbrellas, octoboxes, beauty dishes, and other tools so that they can sculpt their every portrait subject with incredibly flattering light.
This book is filled with over 150 inspiring and instructive images from a true master of the craft. In these pages, readers will learn step-by-step instructions for mastering the many critical concepts one must understand to gain mastery over light. Armed with simple strategies for studio lighting, readers can repeatedly re-create Corbell’s award-winning portrait lighting looks with their own clients.
Tony Corbell has been a photographer, an educator, and an author. His photographic works have been featured in publications throughout the world. While he has worked for some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud of being acknowledged and included in more than twenty-five photographic books by other photographers. Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts.
Teaching almost exclusively about photographic lighting and imaging workflow, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops. He has spoken in 49 U.S. states and numerous countries throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Athens, Vancouver, Mexico City, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, France, Dubai, Trinidad/Tobago, Germany, Sweden, and Nova Scotia. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses as is the popular ik Software: CAPTURED he co-wrote with Josh Haftel.
He has written more than 150 articles in almost every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China. When asked what he is most known for, he says being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.” He lives in Little Elm, TX.