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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814466
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,652 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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"I can't think of a better exposure guide to have on my shelf" (***** Review) -- Amateur Photographer Magazine, June 13th 2009

Unlock the secrets of taking properly exposed photographs using this in depth guide. Freeman uses clear examples from real photo assignments and accompanies them with explanations.
-- Digital Photo Magazine, September / October 2009

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Unlock the secrets of taking properly exposed photographs using this in depth guide. Freeman uses clear examples from real photo assignments and accompanies them with explanations.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaybird on 9 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
What I love about Michael Freeman is that he is passionate about his subject, and a gifted teacher. I am very much an amateur photographer but I have enjoyed Freeman's books before, particularly "The Photographer's Eye".

The book is well laid out, clearly written and beautifully illustrated, but there is no getting around the fact that this is a difficult topic and that makes this a difficult book to follow or to put into practice.

I like Freeman's approach, but, unless you are an experienced photography, expect it to take some time to get to grips using his ideas when taking photographs. That said, I do feel like it will be worth perservering.

Recommended
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mike Le Gray on 11 Feb 2010
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Let me start by saying that this is almost without a doubt, THE best book that I have bought about learning photography.

I own a considerable number of instructional photography books, including the extremely good Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera by Bryan Peterson, but this one has taught me more than probably all the others combined.

Some of it, especially the first chapter, can seem a little too technical and may be off-putting, but you don't need to completely understand everything said there, as he goes over it piecemeal as you progress through the book.

The most valuable lesson that I picked up was how to use spot metering correctly and it has resulted in a new lease of life in my photography. No longer do I have to accept the camera's albeit very good, matrix metering mode. I am now able to evaluate a scene or subject and be able to achieve the result that I desire.

I wouldn't recommend this for novices, but for those wishing to take their photography to the 'next level', I really can't recommend it enough.

Again, one of the best and most useful books I have bought, if not the best.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Hamilton on 8 Nov 2009
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I rarely leave reviews for items because most things are just average IMHO. This book,however, is exceptional. I had grown up shooting film and slides and actually never felt I had a problem with the photos that I took (well I didn't after reviewing them recently) but when I finally decided to make the move to a dSLR I found myself consistently disappointed with flat dull images that many times I could not get back to the original vision in Photoshop or Aperture. After reading book and digesting the information I had seen a huge leap forward in the quality of my shots at that point of taking the picture. Most often now post-processing involves minor tweaks and then changes to get a specific feel I am trying convey instead of time spent trying to recover a poorly exposed image. I am reading Freeman's 'The Complete Guide to Black & White Digital Photography' now and it is equally detailed and highly useful.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B on 10 Aug 2009
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This is the second Michael Freeman book I've read and this like the other is a fantastic read. It's quite involved so may not appeal to the casual photographer but defintely worthwhile for the serious photographer. After reading I have to admit that I thought I knew what correct exposure was but was way off the mark. I now have a much more detailed and richer understanding of what exposure means and it's had a direct impact on my photographs in subtle ways I wouldn't have appreciated before. Superbly illustrated with Michael's own photographs adds to the appeal of the book. This will be a book I will return to many times in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ghoti on 17 July 2012
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This book is not for outright beginners and assumes you know and understand the basics of exposure. If you don't yet understand how things like f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, metering etc contribute to exposure then you'll find a general photography book much more satisfying. However, for people who want to move on with their understanding of exposure this is an excellent text.
Freeman is a natural teacher and explains some reasonably advanced concepts in an extremely comprehensible way. In the book he explains the science and technology behind modern photography and how this can be exploited to produce more creative results (or sometimes just results that are more faithful to reality). The limitations of certain beginners' "rules of thumb" are explored, and ways to deal with these limitations are discussed. Techniques for creative expsosure, such as low-key, high-key and HDR, are also ably discussed.

All in all, a hugely enlightening and fascinating book, but one that assumes a certain level of knowledge. A must-read for people already comfortable with the basics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PH_CAT on 2 May 2010
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I've read one or two comments on the web that this book is too advanced or too wordy for beginners.
Well, it's not aimed at absolute beginners, and it does assume an intelligent and informed reader; but even a complete novice photographer could read this and find something useful -- and could then put in on the bookshelf to be dipped into again and again as their experience and skill increases.
It's beautifully produced and designed, and Michael Freeman writes in a simple lucid style that is inviting to read.
I really liked it, and it's helped me look at light with a different cast of mind already. I don't doubt that when I've absorbed the lessons Freeman is passing on, my photographs will improve and my photography be more enjoyable.
My only issue (one that might fox the unwary beginner I guess) is that the editing is occasionally sloppy in leaving some technical terms and abbreviations undefined in the text, glossary or index (e.g. "efl" is left to the reader to interpret, and I'm assuming Freeman means Effective Focal Length; there are a few other similar instances)
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