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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ilex Press (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579790
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.4 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with 135 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has been consolidated as one of the leading reportage photographers. Of his many books, which have sold 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture, and he is the world's leading author on photographic practice. Having been for many years responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts, Freeman now runs a monthly online Photography Foundation Course at http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/michael-freemans-the-photographers-eye/

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages, and are available on all other Amazon international sites.

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About the Author

ichael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with over 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career. Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has been consolidated as one of the leading reportage photographers. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture, and he is the world's leading author on photographic practice. Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages, and are available on all other Amazon international sites.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
For decades one of the best writers on photography and photographic technique, Michael Freeman, has a fine new introduction to low light photography, "The Low Light Photography Field Guide". While the vanishing breed of film-based photographers - including yours truly - may not find this as useful a text, there is still much in Freeman's new book that could apply easily to film photography of all formats, from 35mm to large. However, this book is aimed primarily at digital photography. Freeman delves into the nuts and bolts of working in Photoshop and other, similar, software in adjusting image contrast, depending upon different lighting conditions and subject matter. He also devotes time to recommendations for various kinds of lenses, not only the latest autofocusing image stabilizer zooms of the kinds offered by Canon and Nikon, but even fast prime lenses like those currently made by Zeiss in Canon and Nikon mount. There is also an excellent section on camera support, including discussions of tripods and tripod heads. Without a doubt, Freeman has written a most insightful guide that will be useful to most photographers, not only novices, but also those who regard themselves as serious amateurs and even, professionals too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2012
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Michael Freeman is a brilliant writer on photography, putting complex theory into simple, understandable pieces that are easy to digest.

I was drawn to his writing after purchasing the very successful 'The Photographer's Eye' which is an essential tome on creating photographs.

This little field guide is genuinely useful and mixes hard, technical information, with quality info on shooting strategies when working in low light.

One example of his thinking that caught my eye was elegant and simple, creating handheld HDRI images in low light. Sounds like an impossible challenge but he suggests setting your camera to exposure bracketing (+/- 2 stops) setting the shooting mode to hi-speed continuous and rattling off three frames. A brilliant idea and one that has been genuinely useful to me.

Freeman offers good post-processing advice too, suggesting taking a single raw, reprocessing it a couple of times to favour lighter or darker areas of the shot then blending them together, again another simple yet useful tip.

The book is full of these and, as a person drawn to shooting at dusk and night time, I have been dipping into this book a lot prior to going out on a shoot.

A simply essential guide to anyone looking to shoot in reduced light or less than ideal conditions (so, basically anyone into photography) and the small size is definitely no indication of the amount of helpful tips in here.

Heartily recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 22 Feb. 2012
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Despite the low rating I believe that the author, Michael Freeman, has done a very good job at writing a readable and informative book on the topic. It is also refreshing in that it treats both shooting and post-processing together as a part of the photographic process rather than keeping them separate. There are many useful lessons here and I'm sure there's something that photographers of all levels of experience can take from it.

There is a down side though, and that is down to the publishing rather than the writing. To make it into a "field guide" the book has been crammed into a 12cm X 15.5cm format which means that the text is so tiny and would be a struggle to read in anything but perfect conditions. Worse still is that many of the images are no bigger than a postage stamp. Consequently it is impossible to really tell from looking at them the extent to which Freeman's lessons hold true. We just have to take his (very small) word for it, as there's no way that we can see for ourself. It may have been possible to give both pictures and text more space, by cutting out some of the text, as some of it though great at giving comprehensive coverage is surely superfluous in a field guide. Alternatively, and my preferred option, would have been to publish everything scaled up in a larger volume so that it is easier to read and a joy to look at. Sadly the publishers have done neither of those two things.

In short, if you've got 20/20 vision and want a book that gives lots of suggestions on how to improve your low light photography that you will read in perfect conditions, this could be the one for you. If you are looking for something to use in the field in low light conditions, you might prefer to look elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christian T on 9 Jan. 2012
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i also purchaised the exposure feild guid a few months back and hav enjoyed useing it and am now half way through this book both are great and the perfect size 2 fit in my camera bag id definatly recomend this
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Another excellent book from Michael Freeman. Covers the subject well and is packed with useful information. However, I must agree with some of the other reviewers in that I believe they have made the book a little too compact. It appears to be a larger book scaled down to a smaller size rather than formatted with readability in mind for a book of this size. Many of the font sizes and pictures are too small. Ideally the publisher should have used a larger font with either a larger page size or spread across more pages.

I have since purchased the kindle version as I have found it more readable (font size is configurable and it can also be read on multiple devices - smartphone, tablet, kindle and PC). The fact that it is on my phone makes it even more portable.

5 stars for the content, 1 star off for readability.

Update - have since acquired 'The Flash Photography' Field Guide and can confirm that the publishers have used a slightly more readable font size. Still room for improvement though.
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