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Writing with Light

Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe

A New eBook from Light Stalking

When Light Stalking approached me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a new ebook that they were getting ready to release I was intrigued. They stated that this new ebook provided great insight into the photographic process of a travel photographer by Mitchell Kanashkevich.

The first thing that struck me when I received the book were the images. They started to tell me a story right away, that of a talented photographer who engages his subjects in order to exude a sense of familiarity and serenity in his subjects. How else could he capture such personal and enthralling images of his subjects.

As I read the book I quickly realized that this was much more than just the technical side of the photographic process (although that it is) it also lays out, in detail, the thought process of a photographer as he defines his objectives of what the final portrait is to convey.

The book is comprised of 10 images  and for each image Mitchell Kanashkevich out lines the following: 

  • background information of how he selected his subject and where he shot
  • Objectives
  • Lighting which is modeled with a detailed lighting map
  • Composition
  • Equipment used and camera setting
  • Challenges & he overcame them
  • The “what” and “why” of post processing

I really felt that I was along for the ride on this photo shoot. It helped demystify how these images were taken. I’ve always found it intimidating shooting portraits when I’m travelling and Mitchell has created a guide that answers all those questions that you’ve ever asked as a photographer. To me the most useful part was understanding his thought process, how he lit his subjects and his post processing work….yes these images didn’t come straight out of the camera looking like this.

Kanashkevich is a travel and documentary photographer who’s written for Digital Photography School and Craft & Vision. His work is used by Getty and Corbis and has been seen on the cover of Geographical magazine and Digital SLR Photographer as well as in many other magazines. He has visited exotic locations such as Indonesia, India and Ethiopia to further his photographic experience and travel photography portfolio.

Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe is available for download for the special Christmas release price of $19.95 when you apply the special launch discount code “HAPPYXMAS” until Dec 25th. Click Here to get the ebook.

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8 responses

  1. Looks fantastic! I think 20 bucks for an ebook is a bit steep, but it looks like a fantastic read! That’s pretty cool you got asked to review it! I want you to review my first book 🙂

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    December 21, 2011 at 2:43 am

  2. That looks great! And great review too. I’d love to have this in book form.

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    December 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    • Thanks Katie. It’s a terrific book. I really took a lot away after reading it.

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      December 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  3. I will look for that book! Txs for the post!

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    January 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

  4. BoJo Photo

    Great review and ebook!

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    January 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

  5. Hi Edith! wanted to thank you for coming by my blog, i really enjoy this post! i’m very new to the world of photography and this is awesome 🙂

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    January 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

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