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Kirk Tuck

Kirk Tuck



Kirk Tuck is a portrait photographer who is also at home photographing food, commerce and technology. He works with state of the art tools and newly introduced LED lights. He works for clients like IBM, Dell, Motorola, Freescale and Time Warner, as well as smaller, locally headquartered businesses and advertising agencies, in Austin, Texas. His photographs been published in two best selling cookbooks, numerous magazines and countless ads. He is also an acknowledged photographic technology expert and the writer (and illustrator) of five bestselling books on the subject. His fifth book, on LED lighting for Photographers, comes out in the first quarter of 2012. His books are published by Amherst Media, one of the largest publishers of books on Photography in English. Kirk is based in Austin, Texas where he shoots portraits, headshots, food, events, ad campaigns and fun stuff, just for his own joy. He teaches workshops about lighting, portraiture and street photography and he welcomes clients of all sizes and from all categories. He loves to shoot portraits in the studio and out on location. Kirk is on the advisory board of the Photographic Department of the Austin Community Colleges and taught as a Specialist Lecturer in Photography at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts. Thanks!
  • Hasselblad, Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Holga.
  • Sony a77
  • LED lights of many sizes and shapes.
  • 1,000 element LED panels.

Creating fun images is easier if you have a sto...

Published September 10th, 2012

When I work with a model or portrait subject I try to think of a story that helps move my abstract thoughts about making images into a story telling mode. The story may provide only a narrative emotion or vague story line but it gives me the momentum to start and it gives me and the subject a common theme to pursue.

Jana and I were working with the theme of a woman who's come to town to meet a boyfriend. He doesn't show up for their rendezvous at a local coffee house. She waits and then she goes out to look for him. That's the whole story. But it got us out and shooting and provided emotional cues for the photographs.

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Concrete Man.

Published July 13th, 2012

This is one of my favorite images from the 2010 Annual Report for the CTRMA. A hot, sweaty, nasty day when everything just came together perfectly. We were illustrating the positive impact of "Shovel Ready" projects that were underway in Central Texas. It was one of those days that makes people thank God for air conditioning. Almost every day that week went the same way. It started out hot and humid and the temperature would climb into the high 90's or the low hundreds with monster humidity. Then thunderheads would roll in, the wind would pick up and the lightning would just bash around like crazy.

When we got to this roadway job site we were afraid of two things: First, that we wouldn't get set up and get the shot before buckets of rain crashed down and second, we were far "off road" and worried that we might be able to get the Honda Element into the giant mud pit but we might not get it back out.

The art director and I lined up the shot, pulled our guy over and started shoo ...

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We had the studio set up for an advertising shoot.  We were taking portraits of doctors in white coats and nurses in scrubs. Belinda was the art director on the project.  Before the subjects came to the studio we tested the look of the light.  While the project was slated to be in color I also popped a roll of black and white film into the film magazine of my medium format Hasselblad camera.  When I saw the image on the contact sheet I made sure to make a print on fiber paper in my darkroom.  I\'ve had a print hanging over my desk for the last 14 years.  It makes me happy when I look at it.

What is the core of my photography business and...

Published March 26th, 2012

It's all about taking photographs of people. Portraits. Studies. I love the interaction and the sharing. I love making images that showcase what is best about the person in front of the camera.

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Save the date? Why not?

Published February 1st, 2012

A change in plans. We're having a little launch party, demo, speech, book signing all crammed into one on Mon. February 27th from 5-7pm at Precision Camera, here in Austin, Texas. I'm launching my new book, LED Lighting: Techniques for digital photographers, published by Amherst Media. We'll have coffee and cookies unless someone also chips in for the beer :-)

This book is my fifth book about photography and may be the only one in the universe dedicated to the subject. It's heady stuff.

There's no charge to attend and you don't have to buy a darn thing. Not even a book.

But I'd love to see all my Austin and Central Texas Photo Buddies there. It would be cozy.

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I'm heading out to shoot portraits of people.

Published January 30th, 2012

I've written too much lately and now I have to go out and recharge my brain and fill it with images. I'm taking a camera that shoots in the square format and I'm setting it to black and white. I've got errands and meetings and I'll take it with me everywhere. With a little luck I'll come back with a "keeper" or two.

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