Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers

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Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers

From flashlights and top-of-the-line studio electronic flashes to light stands and battery/inverter packs, this all-encompassing survey evaluates the vast array of lighting and equipment options available to professional photographers. Beginning with a basic history of the role of lighting equipment and the interplay between advances in capture and lighting technologies, the emphasis then shifts to advances made within the past five years that have enabled photographers to consider more low-powe

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  1. P. Street says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    About Time!!!, April 14, 2010
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    P. Street (Austin, TX USA) –
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    This review is from: Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers (Paperback)

    When I first started photography professionally twenty years ago one of the first books I found was Adventures in Location Lighting by Jon Falk. This book introduced me to scissor clamps, inverters, putty knifes, and a plethora of other lighting devices. Along with that were diagrams of basic lighting situations. It introduced me to Dynalites which I still use. It was an invaluable book to help a starting photographer. Since then I had not found a single book as useful as that one until now. Kirk’s book is a worthy descendant of that book. If I had one book to suggest to young photographers starting out and looking for advice on lighting equipment it would be this one. Stop getting endless conflicting opinions on internet forums from mostly anonymous people and get this book. I found not one suggestion I disagreed with. Kirk scores again!! Every one of his books are worthy of buying!

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  2. Bill "Bill M" says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
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    I wish it were longer, but what would he say?, June 3, 2010
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    Bill “Bill M” (Frederick, Moldova, Republic of) –
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    This review is from: Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers (Paperback)

    Kirk Tuck’s newest book, Photographic Lighting Equipment, takes the reader through a smorgasbord of solutions for the photographer’s age-old challenge of “what I see in front of me is not the light I need to make this picture happen.”

    Tuck was first a writer, then a photographer; this shows through in his elegant writing. Instead of squarely marching from point A to B to C, he instead weaves a gentle path, urging the reader along.

    What I found best in this book was that he did not present the lighting equipment as just ingredients to a recipe. Instead, the end-goal of the actual photograph is considered – where are you, who/what are you photographing, and how do you want it to look?

    The book covers all of the various types of lighting equipment, and outlines the pros and cons of each, along with modifiers, reflectors, and more.

    I especially enjoyed the “war stories” that were in the book. They serve as both lessons of guidance, and as a way for the reader to get to know Tuck. With knowledge, comes trust. Instead of the “sage on the stage” feeling of a professor lecturing to his students, the tone of the book is more of a (slightly) older friend, sharing tips and stories over a light lunch at a streetside cafe. You look forward to the next meeting!

    When the book was completed, I found myself disappointed – not in the content itself, but that there was no more to the story. And therein lies the true skill of the writer – enough to tell the story, but don’t bore the reader.

    I highly recommend this book, and ALL of his others – they hold a place of honor on my bookshelf. They are in the category of “I show these to my photographer friends, but I do NOT loan them.” (Less critical and less-liked books get loaned and lost.)

    For those that love the stories behind the wisdowm, and want more of Kirk’s photographic and personal musings, you can get your fix over at: […]

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  3. Mike Wong "www.blindmike.com" says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Yay for smart buys, May 11, 2010
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    This review is from: Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers (Paperback)

    If you’re stuck asking “what lights do I buy?” then you should read this book. Kirk does a great job covering what’s available and what appeals to photographers unfamiliar with the vast choices they’re inundated with. From Briese and Profoto to flashlights and CCFLS, from 20′ scrims and beauty dishes to apple boxes and clothespins, everything is demystified and made approachable. And contrary to the wishes of the manufacturers and the rest of the mindless noise, Kirk is consistently pragmatic and grounded – discerning buyers will appreciate being given the type of information they need to make educated purchases rather than preached into buying it all. Thanks for keeping it real =)

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