In common with the previous reviewer I purchased this book after it featured on David Hobby's excellent Strobist blog (www.strobist.blogspot.com)and had been eagerly awaiting it's arrival. On the way back from picking it up at the post office I had a quick flick through it and, to be honest, my first impressions mirrored those of Mr Olympus "OM2n".
However,once I had returned home and had a chance to have a closer look my opinions changed. Yes, there is a large section devoted to gear, but then that's as it should be. No, there aren't any of the fancy "jumping in the air" or "skateboarding" type of strobist images, but then why should there be? Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography sets out to be an introduction to "professional" (read commercial)on-location portrait photography using speedlights and the example images that Kirk Tuck provides, complete with (well crafted)descriptions and lighting diagrams fulfill the remit perfectly.
If you are looking for tips on how to create the aforementioned jumping-in-the-air pics then this isn't the book for you, if however, you are looking for an insight into how a pro employs strobist techniques to produce high-quality commercial portraits then it is well worth the money