I was a little disappointed after reading through this book the first time. While the author is an experienced photographer, many of the photographs and rooms he uses as examples, are less than inspiring. No doubt each of us has days when we shoot ordinary looking homes to pay the bills, but that's not really what I paid to learn about in this book.
That's not to say there aren't *some* compelling photographs and useful tips for professionals, but there is more filler than gems. This book doesn't really seem to have an obvious audience. It's not nearly deep enough in a technical sense to get beginners up and running, and it's not advanced enough to be of great help to those who already know photography well, but who want to take things to the next level. One example is that the section with lighting diagrams (which is brief), doesn't even use examples where the diagram matches the neighboring photo. Call me crazy but in order to see the benefit of a specific lighting set up on a specific room, it helps to see the actual photograph of that room afterward, otherwise you're not comparing apples to apples.
Also, it is clear his knowledge of digital technology and Photoshop is lagging behind his knowledge of film photography. Some of the references he makes to "digital quality" are quite simply off the mark in today's context (and the book is only a year old). Unless you're forced into a very dark shooting environment, nicely lit interiors are where professional DSLRs (or digital backs), combined with Photoshop, can yield seemless and beautiful results. I had hoped for some detailed examples and ideas of how to achieve such results, but no such luck.
One final bit that bugged me: the author takes a very commercial approach to shooting interiors, where apparently it's the norm in his world to be able to completely re-arrange furniture in a room, bring in decorations and paintings from the outside, etc etc. In effect, he's describing show-room photography in someone's home, instead of shooting the essence of what the home owner or designer has created. These are two very different things!
See how many luxury realtors or reputable designers are going to let you (or some art director) move their clients' furniture and artwork around all day while you search for "the perfect shot". Not going to happen. In essence, this book should more aptly be entitled "Tips for Shooting Commercial Interiors", where everything is fluid and you can make a room or office into whatever you want it to be. Shots for advertising, essentially.
While it's not a total loss (just seeing some of the photos can give you ideas for your own work, and there is some good advice on using reflectors and such), this book is far from an authoritative reference on the subject of shooting home interiors or interior designers' work. Not unless you know some designers who like to work on-the-fly and photograph it as they go....