When I heard Kirk was working on a book about LED lighting, I knew it was going to be good.
What I didn't know was that it was going to be THIS good.
Kirk and I are similar in a lot of ways - we shoot a wide variety of stuff, we like appropriately lit photos, we like predictable results, and we are criss-crossing the ever-shrinking digital divide between photo and video.
Kirk's book on LED lighting is perfectly timed with the explosion in LED lighting options, from small to large, from inexpensive to "sell off your first-born child" costly. He cuts through the marketing flak, and tells us what we (as photographers and videographers) really need to know - "How do these things behave on a real life shoot, and how do I tweak them to get the best results?"
He explains theory, then practice, then shows real-life situations (complete with lighting diagrams and behind-the-scenes photos) where he walks the talk. He shares the good, the bad, and the ugly.
And there isn't much ugly - because he's found the flaws in the system of using LEDs for lighting, and found how to fix them.
Thank you, Mr. Tuck, for saving me hours and hours of trial and error, and hours and hours of frustration and hair-pulling (and client apologizing) so I can get great, repeatable results, with these new lights. I was actually considering "gearing up" with CFLs - but after reading the books, I'm instead shopping for LEDs.
If you're at all interested in using that video feature in your snazzy new HD-DSLR, you need this book. If you're interested in calmer, quieter portrait shoots - you need this book. If you need less intrusive still photos in editorial situations - you need this book.