122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This knowledge will improve your photos
You can break down good photos into two aspects - the composition and the exposure. This is the best book I have read that covers the exposure. For composition, I highly recommend Michael Freeman's "The Photographers Eye". That book did more to improve my photos than anything I've read in the last 3 years.
Back to this book. So, you've learnt how to compose...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far too general for this photographer
This is an OK book, and if you are just starting out taking photos with a DSLR then it will give you the basics, but beyond that it came across to me as a book advertising Peterson's work. I bought the book hoping to learn about how to expose film properly, having bought an old TLR, but I found it didn't really help that much. For example Bryan is constantly extolling the...
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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This knowledge will improve your photos,
This review is from: Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (Paperback)You can break down good photos into two aspects - the composition and the exposure. This is the best book I have read that covers the exposure. For composition, I highly recommend Michael Freeman's "The Photographers Eye". That book did more to improve my photos than anything I've read in the last 3 years.
Back to this book. So, you've learnt how to compose the photo. You need to understand how to capture what you see, or to create something from what you see. This book works through the photographic triangle of aperture, shutter speed and ISO in clear language. The best thing is that every picture has the settings that the author has used. It is so frustrating that most other books don't do that. Sure, by experimentation you can learn the ideal settings yourself. But in my view you, armed with the knowledge of how the author achieves his effects (eg creamy waterfalls) helps put you in the right ball park for the settings while you are learning, which means you shouldn't be making basic mistakes while taking photos of stuff you really want to capture. Which, let's face it, is why we are taking the photos in the first place. The book encourages you to move away from using the auto settings and be more in control of the shot and acheive better outcomes.
I also have Michael Freeman's "Perfect Exposure". That is a significantly more technical book, going into details of dynamic ranges, histograms etc. In itself, it is an excellent book, but I'd recommend Peterson's book as a first step.
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy to read photography book for beginners,
This review is from: Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (Paperback)I have recently purchased this book, and although I have read some good reviews of it, I had my reservations. I thought to myself, here is yet another photography book with loads of information that will only overwhelm a potential photography beginner. I am happy to say I was completely wrong.
Understanding Exposure is a book written specifically to suit beginner photography level, and to explain the mechanics of photo taking process (exposure), in a simple, non-threatening way. Digital Photography at this day and age is very much technical, and given the amount of books, websites and other tutorials, both in writing and on the web can be very confusing and frustrating for a photography beginner. Therefore it is easy to forget the basics of photography, which are quite simple, and this is where Understanding Exposure book stands out above the rest. It keeps things simple. Many technical aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are simplified to the level that anyone can understand. I have especially liked the concept of "who cares" aperture (f/8.0 and f/11).
Bryan also encourages the reader to take control of his/her digital camera by using Manual recording mode, which at first seems to be a little backwards when comparing to what are most of the photography magazines suggesting, but it makes perfect sense. By consciously selecting aperture and shutter speed, and keeping track of camera's suggested settings for these parameters, the reader actively takes part in understanding exposure and how it works, which is the point of the book. Getting more consistent photo results than using automatic or semi-automatic recording modes (such as aperture priority, or shutter priority) is just a cherry on top.
The book features many inspiring photos which well illustrate the concepts being explained. Many of the photos are laid out in the format before and after the point being made is taken into account.
The appeal of this book is really for the novice to intermediate photographer. I can't think of any one subject about photography that Peterson doesn't present an explanation about. Beautiful photography, nice writing style, detailed but concise explanations makes this one a keeper. If you like the second edition you'll find the third edition invaluable.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i learned to love learning and playing with exposures!,
This review is from: Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (Paperback)As an enthusiast who wants to improve and move into more full manual control of my camera, I had been frustrated - until I picked up this book. It very usefully steps you through all the key components of creating exposure and also takes you beyond 'technically proper' exposures into 'creating' images. What I liked best was that it would demonstrate the point being made, and then explain to you how to demonstrate it to yourself (sitting there with camera in hand). Very inspiring and I feel much more confident!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to become the captain.....,
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposure Simplified - a great read and entertaining - bonus video clips also included,
Any one new to photography will find this book a godsend and more advanced amateurs will also find useful tips amongst the various techniques explained.
Nicely produced with big clear illustrations and a comfortable style of writing. The book is further enhanced with free online video clips from Bryan Peterson who comes across as a great guy, infectious trainer and highly motivated photographer.
A good investment for any photographer wanting to crack exposure.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Novice Should Read This.,
This review is from: Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition (Kindle Edition)If you buy one book when you get your DSLR then this should be it. It is well written, clear, concise and has all the information you need to understand your new purchase in an easily digested way. Primarily this book demystifies the arcane world of the camera. F-stop, aperture, exposure settings all move from being magical terms understood by only the most elevated exponents of photography and into the world of the novice.
There is a good reason for clearing up these technical mysteries. You need to understand fundamentally what you are messing with in order to take a good picture on a regular basis. Yes, we can all leave it in auto mode and snap away. Eventually by the laws of average you will get a picture worthy of mounting in a frame. However how much more satisfying it is when you understand what you are trying to achieve and then getting it. Modern DSLR's are all a technical tour de force that will allow a person to take a range of photographs from pure rubbish to middling to brilliant. Much depends upon your understanding of the fundamentals of photography and the machinery now as it always has.
Bryan Peterson conveys all the information you need to understand the tool you hold in your hands and to get the best out of it. It won't of course take the picture for you or give you an artistic eye, but it will enable you to learn how to achieve it.
And it's up to date. We all have to allow for a certain lag in help books compared to the latest equipment because the technology is advancing so fast. However this book has been updated and is easily near enough in time to what is on the market now to have proper relevance.
Put simply this is the best book on DSLR photography that I've read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one book buy this!,
Being a professional photographer I have read A LOT of books over the years about photography. And to everyone who asks me what the best book is to learn about exposure I have but one answer..."Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson".
I don't know about you but I've read books in the past where you read a page and can't remember what you just read 30 seconds ago cos it was so badly written.
Bryan's style of writing with clear and concise explanations, and lots of examples with actual camera settings, is simply a delight to read. He breaks down the components of exposure (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and how they interact with each other brilliantly.
It won't teach you about composition or the 'correct' exposure as these are completely subjective anyway, but what it will do is teach you how to understand what your camera is telling.
The view finder of a modern digital SLR can be very indimidating with numbers, letters and symbols all over the place. Bryan's book will teach you what these all mean and what adjustments you need to make to get the result you want, so eventually you move away from that 'P' setting to Av, Tv and eventually M! It worked for me!
For anyone new to DSLR photography I recommend this book without reservation.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposure Is Understood - A great reference and bed time read!!!,
I am fairly new to photography and after reading this book, it has made me realise that there is a lot more to taking a photo in Auto mode if you want to achieve great results. I have really enjoyed everything about the book and there are some great photos to give you inspiration.
I do not learn very easily from reading books, normally preferring to do something and learn from my mistakes along the way.................Well, I did exactly that but this book has helped me understand what my mistakes were and how to give myself the best opportunity to not replicate them in the future.
Easy to read and really enjoyable.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Bryan Peterson!,
There is no time wasting with explaining the obvious like so many other books on the market, and he uses the 'proper' terminology, which means you can cross reference with your camera manual.
Absolutely brilliant book and I am so thrilled that I have bought it. Just wish I'd checked that I had the most recent version now!
I heartily recommend this to anyone wanting to invest time and energy to understand the subject basics, and move onto using the 'manual' setting on their camera.
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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition by Bryan Peterson