The Lighting Notebook app is a companion to the bestselling printed book by Kevin Kubota, "Kevin Kubota's Lighting Notebook: 101 Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers", published by Wiley. The book was given Amazon's Top Book's of 2011 award in the Arts & Photography category and PPA recognized it with a 2012 Hot One Award for Best Photography Book. This app is geared towards portrait photographers looking to learn and improve their location lighting skills, and will be highly educational to professional, serious amateur, or emerging photographers as well. The complete printed book is available from Amazon or as a digital ebook on iBooks. Autographed copies are available from

**Download this free version of the app and see how beautiful and educational it is! It includes 5 complete sample setups with photos and videos, and previews of all 101 setups. It also allows you to preview the first of the 5 chapters covering Learn About Lighting. If you like it, purchase the complete collection of images, photos, videos, and educational content via an in-app purchase.

Q: How is the app different from the book?
A: Video and search! The app contains all 101 photos from the book, including behind-the-scenes photos of each setup, a graphic lighting diagram, and details of all equipment used in the shoot. The app includes easily searchable keywords to make finding the inspirational setup you need fast and easy. The app also adds behind-the-scenes videos for each one of the setups! The app does not include the complete text of the book covering lighting history, overview of equipment, lighting technique, terminology, and post-processing. The app does contain a condensed version of this educational background info. broken up in to 5 chapters.

Features of the Lighting Notebook App:
• 101 inspirational photos from award-winning photographer and educator, Kevin Kubota
• Background information, equipment used, post-processing tools used, and setup photos and diagrams for all images
• Online links directly to all equipment used for easy research, comparison, and purchasing
• Quick search of every setup by keyword, price, subject matter, difficulty, kind of equipment used, and more!
• Save favorite setups and flag setups for research or use on your next shoot
• Social links to share your favorite setups via Facebook and Twitter
• Email yourself, or a friend, setup information complete with links to all equipment used for easy online research and shopping

***Video streaming requires an internet connection, for best results please connect to WiFi. Streaming videos (instead of embedding them in the app) reduces the overall app size and download time***

Thank you to our supporters for helping to make this app possible!
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The Lighting Notebook is an educational product from Kevin Kubota and Kubota Image Tools, providers of world-class image enhancing tools and training for photographers using Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom®. Kubota Image Tools is a division of Kubota PhotoDesign Inc. For more information and product support, visit:

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

****App works perfectly with iOS 8
***PLEASE NOTE: When you get a window saying you will be charged for the app and you have already purchased the app, you will NOT be charged again. If you need to re-download the app, you can delete it and re-download, including any paid content upgrades you made via in-app purchase. You will NOT be charged twice. Thanks!
***Updated video server for faster streaming. A wifi connection is still recommended for best video streaming.
**fixed some incorrect links.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
Duds98 ,

Videos don't play

The content is good (bought this instead of the book), but me of the videos will play. They attempt to load, but the video window quickly closes. I forgot to look at the last update date before buying and am now beginning to wonder if this app has been abandoned...


App needs to be rewritten

I have had problems with this app from day 1! It has valuable material and some awesome pics/video if u can get the app to work right! This is the highest priced app I've ever purchased and disappointed it doesn't work properly!

Pblome ,

Lighting notebook

This app doesn't work that well on my iPad. I get everything with it on my iPhone but only about 5 chapters with my iPad. It's asking me to pay again. They need to fix this app or else give a refund.


Kubota Photo-Design, Inc.
72.5 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2012 Kubota Photo-Design inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Kubota Lighting Notebook – full version $14.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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