Hollywood Portraiture and Film Noir Photography By Mike Kubeisy

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Discover how to shoot outstanding Hollywood styled head shots using detailed lighting and posing techniques with celebrity photographer, Mike Kubeisy. Mike takes you from start to finish, setup to final image. Learn to shoot outdoor portraits, theatrical indoor head shots, dramatically lit 1930’s Film Noir style photography, and more. Mike shares his best tips and tricks of the trade, giving you the skills to achieve stunning Hollywood photographic effects!

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Choose the right background to flatter the photo with Mike as he tours a Florida park with model Skipper to find the best portrait location for dappled light and deep tonality.
Mike manipulates the ambience using quarter silks, china silks and poly silks to diffuse the light, and explores critical Hollywood model posing to obtain the best shot to sell the subject.
Mike re-stages the outdoor headshot with Skipper to demonstrate how to obtain an excellent outcome using strictly consumer equipment.
Join Mike and Skipper back in the studio to create interior shots with a theatrical effect using gradiated light effects offering detailed set-up tips.
Mike demonstrates how to create the perfect ambient setting for an old fashioned 1930's Film Noir shot with set using lighting and props and special posing for model Carolina.
Mike delves deeper into the technical side of Film Noir photography as he achieves pronouced harsh shadows and offers important aspects of Carolina's wardrobe and facial posing to achieve the perfect 1930's shot.
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Mike Kubeisy


Mike Kubeisy has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a Motion Picture and Television Stills Photographer. Mike is best known for his work on countless popular shows that are household names: CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, JAG, Boston Legal, Pretty Little Liars to name a few. His current projects are NCIS and NCIS: Lo...

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  1. Profile photo of JHanna1079@hotmail.com JHanna1079@hotmail.com

    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching both of Mike Kubeisy’s tutorials here on Kelby. It is clear he has a knowledge about his craft, but he also presents it in a way that is informative and entertaining. I would love to see more tutorials from him soon. Taking his knowledge and turning that in to a corporate headshot video would be amazing. I think it would give great results with a twist.

  2. Profile photo of raluck raluck

    I truly enjoyed this course. Seeing how different the sets looked compared to the final photos were inspiring! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of SergeAMH SergeAMH

    What an excellent course! I loved everything about it and the very last segment had this air of nostalgia that truly captured what he was teaching us. Thank you Mike and Kelby Training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of MrRoberts MrRoberts

    I really liked this course! Well done! Mr. Kubeisy’s personality really shows. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of AussieInLondonUK AussieInLondonUK

    Thanks so much for this short course. I really enjoyed it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of greenlife greenlife

    100% worth watching. I like the fact that the course is short and concise, nothing too much, but the most important. Learned about silk diffusers, sandbags, carpets, how to use the lighting meter with different type of light. And to evaluate one light at a time before shooting. Very nice basic course, thanks. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Speller Speller

    Some very fun and inspiration sections in this video, love going back in time. Great tutorial. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of capsix capsix

    Thanks for an excellent insight into hollywood lighting mike, hope we see more from you
    ian —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of emilnekem emilnekem

    Great presenter, very authentic. Very valuable info told in a relaxed way. Thank you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of ImageryByAstrid ImageryByAstrid

    I would love to see lots more from Mike Kubeisy. This course was not just very educational but also fun to watch. Mike is a great instructor. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of capsix capsix

    great tutorial, mike always takes the time to explain his thinking about the lighting etc —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Nancy Tillberg Nancy Tillberg

    Fabulous tutorial. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of mrcubanator73 mrcubanator73

    SUPER GREAT WICKED COOL —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of jilby jilby

    That was a very interesting and informative course Mike is easy to listen to and communicates so well I especially liked the outdoor lesson.

    Great stuff. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of John Foster John Foster

    I really enjoyed and got a lot out of this course. This is a course I will definitely re-watch. Iím looking forward to seeing more classes from Mike. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Charles Putnam Charles Putnam

    Excellent job, Mike! Really liked how you walked through each set up and showed how the addition of each defuser/reflector/light added to bringing the final image to fruition. Great job. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of myself-the-elf myself-the-elf

    that was so great! I’m inspired!! I can’t wait to try these techniques with my friends… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of xanthus1 xanthus1

    This course is concise, well-planned, and practical. I can’t image anyone not having success with the techniques involved. Additionally, the equipment set-ups are simplified and to the point. Nothing extraneous! Mike’s knowledge and style of teaching are true excellence! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Cburg136 Cburg136

    Fantastic Course, Easy lighting setups with alot of punch. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Stihlpro Stihlpro

    That was one of the best classes you ever posted on Kelby training. Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of tomdunlap@comcast.net tomdunlap@comcast.net

    wow! I really enjoyed this one. I almost didn’t look at it because, well, I’m not planning on taking Hollywood head shot pictures. I’m glad I started it, great tips on the outdoor backgrounds, and I loved the practical tips about safety —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of 776768 776768

    Excellent course Well presented and full of valuable information. I don’t shoot in a studio so I especially liked the outdoor work. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of James Maddox James Maddox

    Wow! This was such a great lesson… There is only one problem… I want more lessons from Mike Kubeisy…=) Great teacher, loved how everything flowed together. Made everything so easy to understand…. Makes me want to go out and take more pictures… Great stuff. What a great addition to the Kelby traing courses…. Would love to see more lesson with Mike Kubeisy… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Gregory Young Gregory Young

    Awesome coarse. Loved the tips on posing your model, background sets and modeling lights.

  25. Profile photo of chamberlin1227 chamberlin1227

    This was outstanding —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of Jim Greif Jim Greif

    He does an excellent job of explaining what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. Easy to follow and good suggestions for a very interesting look. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of fiennes fiennes

    Mike is a natural teacher, He clearly and concisely communicates his thought processes and techniques, plus there are some great practical studio equipment tips. More from Mike please. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    A really interesting presentation and a great explanation of silks. I was particularly inspired by the film noire section —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of Robert Kelly Robert Kelly

    This was a great video. I would also like to see this using a male model. Such as for a Lawyer or Banker. More for an executive portrait. Are there any videos from Kelby Training on professional male portraits? A. Lea —- Yes, please post my feedback

  30. Profile photo of vozogar vozogar

    Excellent Course. Excellent Instructor. Truly enjoyed. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  31. Profile photo of 1060436 1060436

    Brilliant – such excellence in producing head shots – much to learn from this.

  32. Profile photo of Cross_ Cross_

    When metering key & rim lights it would be really useful to hear the results of the measurement and what f-stop the camera is set at. There’s one instance where a lot emphasis is placed on proper metering and then it concludes with “now that’s the right amount of light”. Which to a viewer who can’t see the meter or camera is completely useless. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  33. Profile photo of Grat2001 Grat2001

    This is one of the best classes on lighting…But it is too short! More please!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  34. Profile photo of TRohman TRohman

    Mike did a great job of explaining every detail and step of what he did for these images. He is a great instructor who doesn’t talk down to his audience. He should teach more lessons at Photoshop World. The only draw back was that you let Vanelli sit around on the couch in the background instead of having him help Mike out with the shoot. It works though because they are both great individuals who are willing to share their knowledge with everyone they meet. Another great lesson from Kelbytraining, keep them coming it helps out alot for those of us still trying to learn this art style. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  35. Profile photo of sirwamz sirwamz

    Wow!!!! Mike was a superb instructor. His way of teaching was simple and straight forward and his photos did not disappoint. I think it would’ve been better if had been shown B&W pictures from the beginning of the Noir section instead of color so we could’ve seen the contrast he was trying to achieve a little better without the distraction of color. Well done!! Please bring him again.

  36. Profile photo of jahara cyleste jahara cyleste

    This was a super great lesson. Each segment was presented in a way that’s easily understandable for me. The studio session was great. But the on-location segment was the best for me. That said, it would be great to have more on on-location lessons by this wonderful photographer. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  37. Profile photo of kimyetta kimyetta

    I would like to see that setup with less depth of field like f4 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  38. Profile photo of Bryon Wiley Bryon Wiley

    Loved it. Lots of great information. The specific posing instruction was perfect. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  39. Profile photo of Doug Dillon Doug Dillon

    Thanks for this course!!! I’ve never tried this style of shooting and it really helped getting some ideas!!! Mike did a great job showing so many great ideas!!!! It’s so helpful seeing all the different styles and methods from different photographers. Each brings a unique style of which we can learn from and incorporate into our own photography. Great job Kelby Training!!!!!! It’s these type of things that keep me subscribing!!! Keep up the good work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  40. Profile photo of mnoble mnoble

    This was a great lesson. Particularly liked the studio session and would love to see more “Hollywood” type portrait work. Mike is a very good presenter. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  41. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Wow! Fantastic course. Mike Kubeisy is obviously a real professional and a great instructor as well. It was pitched perfectly with the right amount of information skilfully presented. I learned a lot, and loved it all. Can we have more from this fantastic photographer please? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  42. Profile photo of alwekelo alwekelo

    Mike Kubeisy is an excellent addition to the KelbyTraining program! Mike brings a fresh perspective with valuable pro shooting tips most all photographers can benefit from. Mike’s presentation has clarity and substance. Please do more training videos with Mike. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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