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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media; 1st edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirk has a cool sense of humor. Apparently someone took him to task in a review of his first book for using expensive equipment in a book aimed at beginners. What does he do? He goes to a hardware store, buys a $12 work light and proceeds to do an entire demonstration about light qualities with that light and some tissue paper! The cool thing is that it works. Like a lot of other photographers I started learning about lighting with flashes on Strobist.com but everything is so geared to battery operated lights and "outdoor at twilight" kind of images. I really wanted a source of good information about the kinds of lights professionals use in studios. I found a lot of really good information here. Kirk covers every kind of light from florescent lights to expensive studio flashes. It's all good information because, even if I can't afford the best lights right now I can start planning for some of these things when my career blossoms.

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.
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So, before I get started, I have both of Kirk's book in this series of Minimalist Lighting. Not to mention I follow his work on Flickr, via the strobist group there, and his page is a reflection of the information he provides in his books.

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.
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I'm a contract copy editor (not a photographer) who had the great good fortune to land this manuscript in near final form for review. What an attractive, well-written, occasionally humorous tome. Nearly all the pictures were taken by the author, and there's not a clinker in the lot. Mr Tuck is a born educator, not a boring educator. He's made warm, wonderful use of friends, family and even fruit to demonstrate studio lighting approaches and outcomes from those approaches. He also tells how to select studio space and equipment. There is a ferocious amount of information here well organized, depicted and presented and based on a lot of high quality experience. Enjoy it!
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Aimed at a broad spectrum from somewhat knowledgeable amateurs to starting pro photographers this, along with Light, Science & Magic, is a must have book. I usually think that if I learn one good tip from a book it is worth the price. After shooting professionally for twenty years I came away with a number of tips. For the starting photographer I would judge the book is worth a million dollars by my scale. It is simply full of great tips and step by step primers on a variety of very useful and profitable scenarios.

Get this book!!!
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Following after the very useful Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography, "Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography" steps beyond the mindset of "Here's the light we have, let's shape it a bit, throw a little more here and there..." into "We start with no light and build it from scratch in the studio."

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.
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If you like doing a lot with less then you should really enjoy this book.
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.
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