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This book does exactly what is says on the tin but there is a downside. It is written by an American author and each photographic example (of which there are many) is precursorsed by an annoying prologue that gives you the story behind each photograph. It is very schmaltzy, you find out he has two daughters, who his wife is, and numerous other things that although is nice it really has no place in a book of this type. It is very American, which can grate after a while. Contrast this with books written by the likes of Michael Freeman, highly informative and entertaining without being annoying at the same time

The good news is that if you can stomach the style there are some good tips in here. The sections on fast shutter speed hold no surprises, there is very little that can be said on that subject. Peterson makes a good job of exploring slower shutter speed and demonstrates how different levels of blur can be achieved. He does this in a jargon free manner that does inspire confidence to try out some of his techniques, he makes them sound easy and achievable. To his credit he does seem to have an ability to explain techniques and inspire yo to try them out.

There is a filler chapter regarding composition at the end which feels a bit tacked on. Also, I feel that he could have tackled really long exposures, he seems frightened to go beyond 15 seconds, I guess this is due to the limitations of digital at long exposures but there must be something he could explore at these extended shutter speed. Even something like using body caps for making digital pinhole cameras would have been welcome.

I feel this book is a solid grounding in the craft of shutter speed selection but there could have been a lot more said about the subject.
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on 7 July 2010
A good read but not as good as his Learning to see creatively book, there is also a repeat of some of his images from this book.
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on 25 March 2014
Having several of Bryan Petersons books already I decided to explore this title. Well up to his usual standard & layout. Informative & useful. Some pictures can be found in other volumes but Bryan covers the subject in more detail with this book. Worth the read.
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on 14 March 2013
Long winded sometimes but an excellent guide to understanding shutter speed. I also have Understanding Exposure (also by the same author) and have used the online resources to greatly improve my ability to photograph creatively.
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on 27 January 2012
The book is a very good approach to use different shutter speeds in creative photograph. The only downside is for each picture, the author described the story behind it, and sometimes the stories are a bit too long or too personal (i.e. one could deduct from the book that his wife has an open mind towards plastic surgery.)

His other book Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera avoid the same pitfall and the content overlaps a bit.
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on 21 January 2015
A beautiful book, but a bit technical for me. Full of fabulous photos which alas are all taken in USA and many of the shots would not be possible here. But never the less it is still a useful book to have and as my photography and understanding improves I'm sure this book will become more and more useful.
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on 30 April 2015
Rubbish book

Full of repetition, similar types of images, poor constructed advice , wasted my money

Really do not like the style of writing either, very casual, not focused enough.
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on 17 May 2014
I believe he is the best author for photography books. It was shipped on time and in good shape. I re-read his books after highlighting and find his inspiration as a photographer is off the charts
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on 8 July 2014
Excellent book, shares lots of practical tips about photo techniques and everything is explained in simple terms. The photos illustrate perfectly well the points tackled in the various chapters
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on 3 November 2014
What a great book, was bought as a birthday present for me and its really informative. Quite new to photography and learning all the time so this book is just what I needed.
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