By Kirk Tuck
Amherst Media, Inc., $34.95, 160 pages
If you are a professional photographer who is open to branching out of your comfort zone where lighting is concerned, this book will help you do just that. ||Corporate advertising photographer Kirk Tuck champions his preferred method of lighting in his latest book, LED Lighting: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers. Geared towards already proficient photographers, Tuck offers very compelling arguments in favor of using LED panels used by filmmakers. He features the pros and cons, (advantages include continuous light, less heat, less power draw) five easy steps to begin using your LED panels, and how to diffuse, filter and manipulate your lighting in settings ranging from studio portraiture to commercial photography. In his closing statements, he addresses the need for photographers to move forward, as technology advances art. He asserts that today’s clients want more than headshots. Some may also want a short video made for their website. If you’re already comfortable using continuous lighting versus traditional flash, you’ll have that edge in a competitive market. If LED is indeed the lighting of the future, Tuck’s enlightening and informative book is a great introduction.
Reviewed by Alicea Swett