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Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography Paperback – April 1, 2009
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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
"This guide has it all, from studio portraits to product shots and beyond." 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
"[Minimalist Lighting] is what you need to get you started." sacramentoreviewofbooks.com
About the Author
Kirk Tuck is an award-winning advertising photographer whose clients include Dell, Elle magazine, IBM, and Motorola. He is the author of Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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The thing that makes these books (The Minimalist Light Series) fun for me is the way they are written. Kirk has a way with words that makes the whole subject of lighting easy to understand. There are no "carved in stone" formulas or rules. His example photos are not formulaic. The range of different things he lights and talks about makes it more interesting.
To sum up: If you liked his first book you'll really like his second book. If you didn't read the first book don't worry, it's not necessary. You'll quickly learn with this one.
It's fun to find a writer who isn't always serious.
While I have owned a DSLR for two years now, I spent over a year just taking snap shots, and not getting into the real potential of my camera. I found David Hobby's blog online, I started with the strobist approach to using my camera, Kirk's first book about location photography was an early purchase. What he showed in that book made sense and really helped me up the quality of my photos.
The this year I bought a small studio set up and a month later this book came out. The information he provides makes sense and really helps me for comfortable using the gear. Again, I am not a pro, nor do I know Kirk. This is just a hobby for me and he helps make it more fun. My kids also appreciate it as I do not take as long to get the shot I am wanting.
The best part is how easy it is to read and how it is easy to relate the information to just doing it.
Great Book for someone new to the field, easy to read, and for the price it will not break the wallet.
I highly recommend this for students and people who are just getting into photography.
Get this book!!!
The 250W "work light" is about as minimalist as I've seen in a live studio...
Kirk does an excellent job of working through various scenarios from "minimalist on the cheap," using items from the local grocery and hardware stores, on up into working with the "real lights" of a studio photographer, and explains the reasons for them at every turn.
This is an excellent sequel. I hope there's more coming.
Sometimes we think we need more to do more and here are examples of how to do more with alot less. One of the best things about Kirk's book, is the explanations. I read this book and a group of us got together and recreated the shots. Now the others had go buy their own copy.
Get the book TRY the stuff right out of the box, don't wait and then do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found many good tips in this book! The writing is easy to understand and he helps you get going without spending mountains of cash on gear. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Churchill
It is so refreshing to read a book by an experienced photographer who is so down to earth and knowledgeable about his craft that he can educate & inform with such ease. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Nancy Lemon
Great book for a budding photographer on a budget. Many prctical DIY lighting accesories outlined plus many valuable hints and tips. Clearly written easy to follow instructions.Published on September 19, 2012 by Oldreader
The product description states "Photographers learn how to create amazing photography with this simple, basic, money-saving approach to working in the studio". Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Van Guard
This book is very scarce when it comes to any amount of information that would be useful. The photographs appear to be taken in the mid 1990s with lighting techniques learned in... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by timothy
At first I was disappointed with this book, i thought it would be the end all be all for macguyver types to hand make cheap studio lighting. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Jeff A.