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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579790
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.4 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 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 resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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

They are supported for readers by a regularly updated site, http://thefreemanview.com

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Low Light Photography Field Guide

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10 of 10 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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11 of 12 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 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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4 of 4 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon L on 6 Dec 2011
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This is a very well written book. Serious amateurs and I think professional ones too will find this book very useful. However, because the intention was to keep the book small enough to put it in the pocket, the fonts are too small for easy reading. The photographs presented could also be bigger.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2012
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'Field Guides' are an increasingly common phrase used in titles of books.

From a purely personal viewpoint, a Field Guide should contain whatever information is vital to the activity that comprises the remainder of its title. Low Light photography is a subject that has reared its head in others of Freeman's titles, but usually in a rather limited way. What he may have done is to assemble all those bits and brought them together is a more meaningful and complete way, adding whatever additional information that was required to fill-in any gaps. Freeman is usually a very safe author, but he does sometimes miss his target. This may be one such, but the miss is a narrow one.

A field guide should also be small enough either to fit into a pocket or in an available corner of a camera bag. At a little over 5x4 inches, this fits that bill and the number of its pages is just about at the limits of pocketability at 192, although fewer would have been better.

As some of Freeman's books pre-date the near-complete takeover by digital from film, some portions may have needed a rewrite. Digital imposes some limitations and a tripod may be needed as it was before. However, with digital being able to utilise ISO speeds way beyond those commonly found in film (200-400 was typical for many colour films, but there were few faster) and with a fast prime lens - possibly f/1.4-2.8 for the shorter focal lengths and f/2.8-4 for the longer ones - in combination with some of the higher ISO settings but not necessarily the very highest, hand-held photography may be possible at moderate exposures in some situations.

How much of this book you will find useful may depend on your personal experiences. It is pretty good, but I feel that it is somehow incomplete.
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