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Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"This is a quiet book full of information, but bubbling with the kind of energy that is created when you realize you can do what you thought you couldn't." Lighting Essentials.com
"Pure gold, showing real solutions to real lighting situations and along the way creating some of the most natural-looking on-location portraits." Shutterbug
"I wanted to do a shoot using just the sunlight outside my studio. No electronic flashes, no multiple light sources, and no large studio flashes." Kirk Tuck, Studio Photography
"Richly illuminated with location portraits and a few still lifes, and written in a clean down-to-earth style." ppmag.com
"The beauty of this book is how much information is packed into 122 pages of content. And yet the information and explanations are deep enough to give the reader an understanding of the subject in order to start experimenting with it." robmalgieri.com
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Minimalist Lighting covers both the "why" and "how" of location photographic lighting using small strobes off-camera. The first half of the book takes you through the basic gear choices you'll need to make and the fundamental techniques of off-camera small-strobe lighting. In the second part of the book, Kirk takes apart 14 of his own shoots, showing how he approached lighting them, the decisions he made, and the final results.
If you're already comfortable using small strobes off-camera, the first half of the book will be largely review material, and you'll likely skim over to the case studies, from which I gleaned several techniques I'm already putting to good use. If you're a newcomer to the world of minimalist lighting, you'll probably read the whole thing several times, learning new things on each pass through.
Either way, if you want to learn to light better with less cost, less money and less weight, this book definitely belongs on your bookshelf.
After brief discussions of the history of artificial photographic lights, and the nature of light, the author begins an explanation of four systems for triggering multiple speedlights: radio slave; built in wireless systems; optical slaves; and off-camera cords. He then describes a number of pieces of equipment useful to setting up multi-flash systems, including speedlights, triggers; light stands, adapters, and gels for altering white balance. He illustrates how to use this equipment, including umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes to take portraits. He finishes up with a series of examples, showing how and why he placed and controlled his lights.
All of this information is useful, and occasionally I learned a few tricks (for the Nikon CLS system, using the SU 800 rather than an SB 800 avoids the pre-flashes that occasionally make people squint). But more often then not, I wanted more information. Some of it I found elsewhere (what do you call that thing that holds a reflector on a light stand?-a reflector holder- duh!) But other unanswered questions were more difficult. What mode should one shoot in for best results? Why did the author use manual flash adjustments rather then TTL (through-the-lens)? How did he decide which flashes to put on which channels?
Another problem I found was that all of the pictures were portraits, and all of the portraits had the same look.Read more ›
It does require some brain power to understand, so its not just cookbook full of ready recipies, but its a really good read. This takes place on my shelf and wont leave it for a while, as it will be re-read many times.
Very rarely i would give photography books thumbs up, but this is occasion were i do. It covers some really interesting bits, that you wouldnt ever find anywhere else, even in online resources, on how to place lights and WHY you may want to do that.
Unfortunately my D200 just doesn't cut it in low light, so I bought an SB600 and reluctantly started using it for indoor shots. My pictures have been awful... I simply did not know what I was doing.
Recently, during a family wedding, I took another stab at using the flash and the results were complete crap. I decided to buy this book on a lark before throwing in the towel. I am glad I did!
This book is concise, full of information, and it all makes sense. The pace and progression of information is right on. Everything you need to know about using a modern flash is here. It is technical without being boring or patronizing. I want to thank the author for producing such an intelligent and usable guide to using my camera as it was meant to be used.
I now have the confidence to set up a small studio to help out with a local fashion business. Instead of fearing my flash, I am now empowered to really embrace artificial light.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful purchase.
I revisited it a couple of times after the initial read, so a good reference book.
Great Book, I would recommend this with "Going Fast with Flash",it is for location shots... even though it is old the information is still cutting edge. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was published in 2008, so most of the equipment information is far out of date. For instance, the book discusses the Nikon SB-800,which was NIkon's top-of-the-line... Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Russ Lewis
The book is 128 pages long, and only about 32 of them give any actual info on lighting techniques. The other 75% of the book could be titled 'Introduction to Flashes and Related... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Dwerp
If you are looking for help with the lighting of your photography get this book it will help you quite a bit.Published on July 25, 2013 by Rod
After reading this edition, I ordered the rest of Kirk's books. He is straight forward, delivers useful information, and writes clearly. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by T C Knight
First of, I purchased this book because I handle marketing at an industrial company. We really need product photos, but lack the time and big budget to ship our product to a... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by K. Porter
I was looking for a book I could skim and glean information as needed and this is the book! It tells you what to buy and cheaper alternatives and great pictures to show you how to... Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by shosho27