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LED Lighting: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers Paperback – 9 Feb 2012
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Although I haven't as yet sat down and studied the book fully, I did, immediately on receipt of the publication, peruse the contents to get a feel for what the book is like and I have to say I am very pleased with the purchase.
With the plethora of LED lighting systems on the market today, this book is a very good reference point because the author has been using and experimenting with these types of light long before it became trendy to do so and therefore can advise you as to the differences between the diffrent types of LED light, thus saving you the massive learning curve.
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I never could have done it without this book. It's allowing me to do in minutes what used to take hours, and the quality is consistent. It's honestly the most useful photography book I've ever read.
If you're struggling with lighting, get this book, get some LED lights, get a gray card (this is important) and prepare to be amazed.
Kirk's writing style is very good, it reads in a matter of fact way, like you are having a conversation with a friend who just happens to know loads about portrait photography. In this book he takes us through the technology and gives lots of useful examples and tips on where and how to use LED lighting, and what it's strong points and weak points are. This makes it a good read for anyone sitting on the fence trying to decide which way to go.
The only nit pick I have with this is book is; as I don't do photography for a living, I choose to only shoot film. While Kirk shoots film for his personal projects, this book had no tips for film shooters, especially when it comes to managing colour balance.
He has convinced me that LED lighting is now a mature enough technology to be practical.
This book is an easy 5 stars if you are new to photography, or off camera lighting in general. If you've been lighting a set since I was a gleam in pappie's eye, well, you're really not going to find much content here in the last half of the book. For you the value is in reading the first half and saving yourself some guess and check time purchasing lights and experimenting. I'd rate it 3 stars for long time veterans of off camera lighting.
Additionally, if you're a reader of Kirk's blog, at least half of the book has been pulled from blog posts, but there is value in having it edited and co-located in an easy to find location. I do not regret buying this book one bit, even if I have been playing with LED light panels for the last 12 months sporadically.