Kirk Tuck

Kirk Tuck

Lives in United States austin, TX, United States
Works as a Photographer/Writer
Joined on Aug 31, 2004
About me:

Austin Portrait and Advertising Photographer and writer of four popular books on photographic lighting and one book about the business of commercial photography. And now one novel about photography called, The Lisbon Portfolio.
Book one: Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography
Book two: Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography.
Book (Three) on the business of photography: Commercial Photography Handbook.
Book Four is the Guide to Lighting Equipment.
Book Five is the LED Lighting Book. The only one of its kind in the world.
The novel is about a photographer in Lisbon Portugal at a trade show at the turn of the last century.

I am now an instructor for Craftsy.com and have three video tutorials live on their site. It's a new learning platform for popular arts and crafts.

I've shot advertising photography for IBM, Dell, Motorola, AMD, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Polycom, Time Warner, and countless regional businesses, hospitals and medical practices.

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Not too sure about the XAVC codec versus the Panasonic GH4's more professional codecs. Seems like the GH4 might have a lot more information flowing through its files. A lot more useful information, that is. And, for most smaller production companies I think not being able to output 4K to an internal card will be a deal killer. The final stake through the heart for video production is that really lousy battery.

I have no doubt though that the sensor will be a real breakthrough with tons of dynamic range and very low noise. Kinda like the Canon C500...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 02:43 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Kirk Tuck: The RX10 (which I have owned for several months) is a very, very good video camera. The still images are good but the video is great and the ability to have a lens that's par focal (that doesn't change focus as you zoom) and constant aperture (doesn't change aperture as you zoom) means that you can use this camera for serious video production.

It's different than all those cameras listed below because it doesn't do line skipping in video it reads out the whole frame. This makes its final video output much sharper and more detailed than any of those. It's worth the cash IF you do video with it. Zebras, focus peaking, audio control. It's just a nearly perfect budget video machine. That's why people buy it.

Yes. It makes my a99 look like mush in the video department. It's a bit more competitive in still shooting...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On Zeiss announces Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens article (62 comments in total)

Funny that people complain when state of the art (and very expensive) lenses are showcased on this site but avidly suck up reviews of Aston Martins and Bentleys in the car mags and on the car web sites.

I would think that people would be curious about the kinds of tools that sit at the top of the hierarchy, even if they can't afford them.

These are aimed at people who do TV, corporate video and narrative film production but this is no longer just a "photography" site since every camera reviewed gets a video review section as well.

"Rich kids?" They don't buy production tools. Just D4's and Canon 5D3's. With a sprinkling of Leica M. The Zeiss lenses for video are not for poseurs. They are for working stiffs. And many won't buy them but need to know about them so they can rent the lenses from rental houses...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 14:11 UTC as 4th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)

The RX10 (which I have owned for several months) is a very, very good video camera. The still images are good but the video is great and the ability to have a lens that's par focal (that doesn't change focus as you zoom) and constant aperture (doesn't change aperture as you zoom) means that you can use this camera for serious video production.

It's different than all those cameras listed below because it doesn't do line skipping in video it reads out the whole frame. This makes its final video output much sharper and more detailed than any of those. It's worth the cash IF you do video with it. Zebras, focus peaking, audio control. It's just a nearly perfect budget video machine. That's why people buy it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 16:07 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)

Wow. People with multiple axes to grind. The spite is so thick it makes it impossible to see that the GH4 is a great camera with great codecs and lots to recommend it at a bargain price. As to the design of the XLR add on machine---for the 1,000 who will actually buy it and use it in a cage with attached rails, follow focus, etc. the value is in what it does not how it looks. To people who actually work in the video production field it will be a sought after accessory. To all the tire kickers and people who shoot test videos it will be "too expensive and too ugly." To appreciate the value you have to know what side of the fence you are really on.

The value to me, right now, will be the improvement in 1080p and in stills. The value also extends to things like zebras, focus peaking, faster top shutter speeds, faster sync speeds and improvements is focus tracking and focus lock on. No, it's not the holy grail. But no, it's not $28,000 like a Cine Alta F55. Codec? Let's wait and see.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 02:51 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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plevyadophy: Good and bad thing
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The Good:

From a business perspective this may make sense as it means you do not have a bunch of staff on the payroll sitting idle, because instead you hire as and when needed. It also means a reduction in costs associated with things such as pension schemes and other employer provided benefits.

The Bad:

It could be used, and I strongly suspect it will be used, as a way of driving down prices the very bottom. If you have a staff of photographers they will all know the going rate for the job. However, if you call one freelancer and don't like the price, or likely, don't want to pay the price becasue you are a disrespectful cheapstake company, you will simply hang-up and call another photographer who charges peanuts; and then once you have got your job done at that stupidly low price, for your next assignment you can tell the photographer you call that you can/have got the job done before at $x and before long this low price becomes the "going rate".

There are very few "lucrative jobs elsewhere..."

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 18:38 UTC
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)

So, the handling is great, the images are great, the video is great, the feature set is great, it leads its category....but it only earns a "silver"? Wow. Must have been a big party weekend to get that screwed up.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 01:48 UTC as 77th comment | 13 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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Kirk Tuck: Just used the a99 for a three day conference here in Austin. The EVF was perfect for "pre-chimping" in mixed lighting for stage shots, etc. The 3200 and 6400 were very clean and the body and controls felt just right in my medium sized hands. I think it's a remarkably good camera for any professional who does not shoot fast moving sports stuff. Don't underestimate the appeal to working professionals of the EVF. It's a great addition for me. And the front dial on the camera, set to exposure compensation, means you never have to take your finger off the shutter to mess with EC when actively shooting speeches, etc.

Bonus, the EVF is much better than OVF under very low light.

Thing I thought I would never used that came in handy? The Smart Teleconverter.

I think DP Review's rating is just right. You buy this camera for the sensor and the EVF. If you are dropping $3000 you know why your are buying it and those features outweigh all the anti-fanboy rhetoric.

Yikes. Now I'm not even a real professional photographer (according to someone I've never met). I'm late getting back to the thread, I was busy photographing a former U.S. president with my Sony SLT camera in exchange for money...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2012 at 21:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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Kirk Tuck: Just used the a99 for a three day conference here in Austin. The EVF was perfect for "pre-chimping" in mixed lighting for stage shots, etc. The 3200 and 6400 were very clean and the body and controls felt just right in my medium sized hands. I think it's a remarkably good camera for any professional who does not shoot fast moving sports stuff. Don't underestimate the appeal to working professionals of the EVF. It's a great addition for me. And the front dial on the camera, set to exposure compensation, means you never have to take your finger off the shutter to mess with EC when actively shooting speeches, etc.

Bonus, the EVF is much better than OVF under very low light.

Thing I thought I would never used that came in handy? The Smart Teleconverter.

I think DP Review's rating is just right. You buy this camera for the sensor and the EVF. If you are dropping $3000 you know why your are buying it and those features outweigh all the anti-fanboy rhetoric.

And by the way, they seem to be flying off the shelves at my local Sony dealer. But Austin's always been ahead of the curve on the adoption of new technologies.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 20:43 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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Kirk Tuck: Just used the a99 for a three day conference here in Austin. The EVF was perfect for "pre-chimping" in mixed lighting for stage shots, etc. The 3200 and 6400 were very clean and the body and controls felt just right in my medium sized hands. I think it's a remarkably good camera for any professional who does not shoot fast moving sports stuff. Don't underestimate the appeal to working professionals of the EVF. It's a great addition for me. And the front dial on the camera, set to exposure compensation, means you never have to take your finger off the shutter to mess with EC when actively shooting speeches, etc.

Bonus, the EVF is much better than OVF under very low light.

Thing I thought I would never used that came in handy? The Smart Teleconverter.

I think DP Review's rating is just right. You buy this camera for the sensor and the EVF. If you are dropping $3000 you know why your are buying it and those features outweigh all the anti-fanboy rhetoric.

Hi Barry, you are very funny. In fact I spent some time yesterday with a couple teams of working photographers and all were interested in seeing the a99. When I showed them the EVF features they were, to a person, impressed. I may be an anomaly. I don't think many real professionals actually frequent DPReview because of all the contentious behavior here. And self-righteous hobbyists who have no clue what professionals use or how they really choose their gear. There will always be some drivers who love the clutch and the gear shift lever. The other 90% will understand that automatic transition makes driving easier.

Why would you categorize what I said as "a famous EVF speech?" I am a working professional and it was my real and accurate observation of my use of this camera in a real, three day job. For a real client. Why all the bile over an equipment choice? Do you own stock in Nikon or Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 20:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)

Just used the a99 for a three day conference here in Austin. The EVF was perfect for "pre-chimping" in mixed lighting for stage shots, etc. The 3200 and 6400 were very clean and the body and controls felt just right in my medium sized hands. I think it's a remarkably good camera for any professional who does not shoot fast moving sports stuff. Don't underestimate the appeal to working professionals of the EVF. It's a great addition for me. And the front dial on the camera, set to exposure compensation, means you never have to take your finger off the shutter to mess with EC when actively shooting speeches, etc.

Bonus, the EVF is much better than OVF under very low light.

Thing I thought I would never used that came in handy? The Smart Teleconverter.

I think DP Review's rating is just right. You buy this camera for the sensor and the EVF. If you are dropping $3000 you know why your are buying it and those features outweigh all the anti-fanboy rhetoric.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 18:40 UTC as 19th comment | 31 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 review article (235 comments in total)
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EmmanuelStarchild: Are Sony cameras overpriced like their TV's? Just askin'

No. I've shot with the a57 since it came out and as a still camera it is definitely worth what I paid for it. My son shoots video with one as well and finds it to be a great camera for the price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 19:21 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 review article (235 comments in total)
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Mannypr: Just one thing...can somebody tell me how can you give a gold award to a camera that has subpar JPG's ? Maybe a silver award , but gold ?

The Jpegs are only "sub par" if you are too lazy to go into the menus and customize them for the way you'd like them to look. Same as the Panasonic GH2. Not everything needs to be served up like baby food.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 19:19 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 review article (235 comments in total)

This is a great camera for the price. I added two of them to my two Sony a77's as low light shooting cameras for live theater and other available light uses. I'm pleased to see that many of the things I thought about it were verified by this review. It's a wonderful low light camera and it does everything else well too.

And by the way, I mostly shoot raw.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 19:17 UTC as 21st comment

Cheap compared to a used Leica M series 75mm, that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 14:55 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies

Looks like a great lens at a good price. Light gathering??? It's a 2.8 lens. Just like all other 2.8 lenses. Don't listen to the silly people. If you shoot m4:3 it's a lens you might find to be very, very good. So far I haven't gotten any lenses that weren't good performers from Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 12:41 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies

Gorgeous camera and, compared to a Leica M9, it's a downright bargain. I'm amazed that people think all cameras are interchangeable and should all be priced the same...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 22:42 UTC as 214th comment | 2 replies
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (875 comments in total)

No EVF and no socket for an external EVF? Hmmm. I don't like that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 17:45 UTC as 206th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 review article (442 comments in total)
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magneto shot: nothing new :-) as expected, quality loses to the current 4/3rds . folks, please remember, physical rules = reality. image sensor size = rocks.

according to this review the V1 is better at ISO's 1600 and 3200 than the m4:3rds. I don't have dog in the hunt since I own both..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 18:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 review article (442 comments in total)

In actual use the V1 is a very, very good camera. And the video is excellent. Even compared to the GH2 and the Canon 5Dmk2. It's in the same league. I find it easy to use, fast to focus, generally always on the mark for exposure and possessed of more than enough nice, sharp pixels. If you don't "get it" you probably haven't tried shooting one. It's like trying to explain the taste of chocolate to someone who's never had chocolate.

The camera can be set to increase contrast, sharpness and saturation in the Jpegs. It just takes the same practice to come to grips with settings as every other camera out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 18:23 UTC as 58th comment | 8 replies
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