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Digital Exposure Handbook Paperback – 1 Nov 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Photographers' Institute Press (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861085338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861085337
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ross Hoddinott is a professional photographer specialising in nature photography. He regularly contributes to photography magazines including Outdoor Photography. Rosss previous books for Photographers Institute Press include Digital Macro Photography (9781861085306) and he lives in Bude, Cornwall. His website is: www.rosshoddinott.co.uk

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By S. WRIGHT on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
OVERVIEW
This book is truly superb! Having been badly 'burned' by believing reviews and purchasing Michael Freeman's 'Digital SLR Handbook' which has *no detail* on exposure at all I took a lot of time and care to select a good book on exposure - as this is the 'beating heart' of potography.

As it lacks the 'look inside' feature of it's two main rivals I'll start with an overview of content and then move on to comparative reviews with these two 'rival' publications:

BOOK CONTENTS
Quite small sized, well bound and sturdy cover.

Introduction (clear, simple, 5 pages)
1 - The Baics Of Exposure (explains the triangle, good tips and clear explanations) p13-68
2 - Exposure In Practice (different scenarios with tips and help e.g. architecture, people, close-up) p69-100
3 - Ambient Light (Direction, silhouette, white balance) p101-120
4 - Flash Light (different settings, front-and-rear curtain etc) p121-144
5 - Filters (short and good into to key filters e.g. ND and polarising) p145-163
6 - Exposure in Digital Darkrooms (Brief photoshop tools overview and usage e.g. curves, dodge-and-burn, HDR intro and printing) p163-167
Glossary
Useful Websites
Index

That's the summary of contents - all of which is laid out in clear double-page speads with lcear text, helpful tips and lots of (but not too many) photos illustrating each point.

IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER BOOKS ON EXPOSURE
Having taken time to read and look at its two main rivals - Bryan Peterson's 'Understanding Exposure' and Peter Cope's 'Digital Photographer's Guide to Exposure' I feel I can compare this book to them with some confidence.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Colin Cadle on 29 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been taking photographs since the 1960's and have always had a lot of questions I should have asked years ago about 'exposure' and everything it relates to. I picked this book up in Waterstones Exeter (sorry Amazon) a couple of days before Christmas and by Boxing Day I had read it and 'mopped up' on all the niggly bits which I'd never quite understood before - so basic but so essential. I would recommend that anyone starting out in digital photography treats this great and so easily understood book as a definite 'must read'. I have just ordered one for my nephew Tom who is just starting on his own photographic journey - I know it will do him well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
At first glance, this might seem a little pricey for a small paperback. However, the flap and thick card cover give this book a sturdy feel and once you really get inside, the knowledge is worth its weight in gold. The author has a wonderful way of putting his message across and is a very effective teacher. I have certainly learned an awful lot in this book that I hope to put into practice. I have struggled with the concept of exposure, so I am one of the target audience readers for this book.

Ross states that exposure sorts the hobby photographer from the professional. Knowing that even some enthusiasts find difficulty with what seems like a complex subject, Ross has tackled exposure step by step to unravel the mysteries.

Ross enables the reader to understand the basics and how to apply them to achieve creative results. Each chapter is well illustrated with examples. He shows how lifeless a wrong exposure can look and how to bring your photos to life by getting the exposure right. He looks at under and over exposure and their effects, uses and how to correct them.

He shows you how to work with light and how to use flash effectively. He also demonstrates the use of digital filters and polarizers. He finishes by showing how to enhance your photos in software programs. Ross Hoddinott says exposure is 'the heartbeat of photography' and Ross certainly has his finger on the pulse. These professional hints and tips from are easy to understand. This is a handy, practical and invaluable guide to digital exposure.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Bolkey on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
I only purchased this book a few days ago, and I have to say it's an excellent read. Unlike other books of this style there are no wasted pages on personal satire, just brief two and at times three page chapters on subjects from picture styles to metering from dynamic ranges to exposure compensation. It is impossible in this review to list every chapter but this is the perfect handbook for any digital SLR owner, whether a beginner or a professional. Bang up to date and in every day language that most DSLR owners will understand. Ross Hoddinott is without doubt a superb photographer and anyone already familiar with his photographs, critiques and explanations from some of the monthly Photography magazine publications will recognise his style is replicated within this book. Having met Ross recently on a photographic workshop I know his integrity and attention to detail is second to none within the profession and this is reflected within this book. A very practical sized hand book which fits snuggly into my camera bag, it will not be too big to fit in the glove box of the car either. A very useful reference book to draw on for years to come. It cuts to the chase and is not an excuse to show off personal pictures,(although they are good) the pictures merely demonstrate the subject of each chapter and are totally relevant to the text. I have wasted twice the purchase fees on lesser books and regretted it. But not this one, this is top drawer!
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