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About the Author
Rosanne’s diverse photography background of 30 years ranges from newspaper and magazine photography to commercial jobs including ad campaigns for the New York City Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center and more. Her work has been featured in various publications including Photo District News, View Camera, Lens Work and Communication Arts, among others.
She has won numerous awards including nine times in Communication Arts annuals, more than a dozen times in Graphis Photo annuals and a 2013 PX3 award (Paris) for her newest fine art series, Rapture. She is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in New York and Iris Gallery in Boston and Aspen.
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And it is not a giant tome. Olson is so clear and easy to understand, it’s a pleasure to read.
The first chapter does an amazing job of getting a diverse audience on the same page, using the same terminology. I loved her inclusion of a system of naming, saving and archiving photos to you don’t get lost in a “wilderness of files” later on. Been there.
I also like the simple explanations she gives of technical choices, so you really understand, for example, why you want photograph RAW rather than jpeg files if possible. She says a RAW file is like an raw egg with the possibility of being made into a thousand different things from frittatas to soups, whereas a .jpeg is like a hard-boiled egg. The possibilities are much more limited. She did not mention the word pixel once, but I totally got it.
Chapter Two to has a wonderful, concise collection of composition tips. Good lighting can improve at badly composed photo, but it won’t fix a boring composition.
After setting the table, she starts the light banquet in Chapter 3, The Language of Light.
Once she helps you see the world differently, she goes into practical ways to create the lighting you want, using different light sources, angles, and modifiers. She always helps you see how light tells stories. But, once again, she makes it very easy to grasp. On one page, she compared lighting modifiers like grid, softbox and beauty dish on a billiard ball. So you can easily exactly how the modifier changes the shape of the catchlights and the softness of the shadows on a simple form. Then, she shows the same thing on a human with closeups of the eye.
She ends with practical ideas on managing photoshoots in the studio and outdoors. This includes solving some common lighting issues using multiple shots with different light settings for use inside Photoshop.
It’s a great little book. Not a long read, but one worth doing several times over. I am getting a second copy to hide out in the car as a quick reference until I can learn to speak “light” more fluently. I would recommend the paperback over the Kindle. I don't think you can see some of the details in the photos on a Kindle like you can in print.
Since it's gotten so many 5star reviews, I'm guessing those are beginning photographers - or friends/students. For me - someone whose been photographing for over 30 years - it was just okay. Didn't learn anything new. But it is a well put together book.