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Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography
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Packed with incredible images and step-by-step techniques, this book is a must have for commercial, wedding, and portrait photographers working on location who want to maximize their time behind the camera and minimize their time spent hauling cumbersome lighting equipment. The tips show how to select easily portable and versatile equipment for location shoots, cutting down on the packing and porting of expensive equipment. With techniques and information on the latest technology—including battery-powered flashes and accessories—this reference shows photographers how to work with smaller and lighter-weight lighting equipment without sacrificing quality. Whether shooting portraits, landscapes, or interiors, whether indoors or out, photographers will embrace the portable approach offered in this valuable resource.

Customer Reviews:

  • Just right!
    As a hobbyist attempting to learn off-camera creative flash techniques, Kirk Tuck's Minimalist Lighting was just right for me. The book presents a good mix of equipment and technique. The equipment used and discussed is specific and varied in nature, size and cost. The techniques and setups range from simple to somewhat complex. This was a useful reference and a good read for me. It's obvious why Kirk Tuck's book is widely and highly recommended....more info
  • Strobist made easy....
    While I have owned a DSLR for almost 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 book was a nice addition to learning that approach.

    Kirk lays out the information in a way that is easy to understand and includes very nice examples. I really thought the stories of his real life experiences, in relation to what he was covering in each chapter, helped put the whole thing together for me.

    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. ...more info
  • One of the best lighting books I've found
    I thought Minimalist Lighting was a great read. The information is bountiful and easy to understand. I don't get some of the reviews that talk about Tuck's approach not being Minimalist. He clearly shows how to do more with much less. I have friends who use traditional studio black boxes and heads and it is obvious that his approach gives you the control you want at a much lower cost and weight.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to go beyond using a light stuck right on top of their camera. It's amazing what can be done with one or two small lights if you also incorporate the existing light. This is something that Tuck does very well....more info
  • Minimalist Lighting
    Finally a book that not tells you but shows you with diagrams to match the photos. Real unbias info on portable strobes and gear. Kirk really embraces the portable approach with real people on real locations.Shot on location, not in a pro studio. If you want to bring the photograher to the subject this is how you do it.
    Info on what you need and don't need and a section on color correction filters that is worth the price of the book alone. I had a friend who is just starting with stobes and he saw it on the coffe table and ask to borrow it, after reading it he said "now that make sense" Thanks Kirk you saved me hours of helping him. Looking forward to the next one.
    Jim Mucklin...more info
  • Good as a starter/reference guide
    Since you are reading the reviews of this book, you are probably aware of the Strobist "movement"?
    Well, this book is using 88 out of 124 pages to explain what gear you need, how do you setup, snoots, receivers, gels, what are the pros and cons of using the minimalist-strobist way of lighting, etc.
    The author included just 36 pages (actually even less) for the "case studies" - how to light the particular subjects, what are the problems, etc. together with (useful) lighting diagrams.
    I expected a lot more. I mean, you have the first 88 pages for free on a Strobist site or elsewhere. The author acknowledged the Strobist and surely knows for David Hobby's work, he could at least try to add something new or to use 44 pages for introduction instead of 88.

    The other thing that I didn't quite like were the models/subjects he used for this book. Some were Dell/AMD CEOs, vice-presidents, employees, etc. Okay, no problem with that. But majority of portraits in this book are ordinary, cheesy, plain, nothing really stands out (with few exceptions though!). Actually the portraits on the cover are the most interesting (and no, you won't find the lady in the red dress inside).
    On the other hand, this can be a good thing: if you pursue a career of minimalist / on-location photographer, most of the time you'll meet with plain, dull and bored people that you have to photograph. I just expected a book to have more interesting people/portraits inside and ideas of how to use your flash in a creative way.

    All in all, this book is good as a starter guide, when you don't have [...] with you or when you simply want to hold the real thing and not to stare at your monitor. There are some good tips and how-to's, but don't expect anything ground-breaking....more info
  • Really Minimalist aproach - Hardware
    I was really anxious about this book whiile interested in minimalist scenarios for location and portraits. By the end, I got a feeling of good hardware book describing how to understand equipmets, brands, choosing and so. For those who is expeting Portraits techinics go for Master Lighting Guide for Portraits "Christopher Grey" - *****
    ...more info
  • Clear, Concise and Very Informative
    I have been shooting photos for the past many years. Recently I have become much more serious about my photography and wanted to learn about lighting.

    Minimalist Lighting takes a very organized look at what equipment and techniques produce professional quality photos yet incorporate only the bare essentials (a few strobes, a reflector and maybe an umbrella).

    The author, Kirk Tuck, takes the reader through an equipment primer where he explains the fundamentals of strobes, light stands, radio slaves, soft boxes, umbrellas etc.

    From there he explains how to use this equipment with fundamental lighting techniques for a classic portrait.

    He then moves through a dozen or so Case Studies where there are schematics of the shot along with a detailed explanation of why and how the shot was set up.

    I found the book to be very informative and an absolute pleasure to read and study from cover to cover.
    ...more info