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4.0 out of 5 stars Does not quite hit the target, 14 July 2012
This review is from: The Low Light Photography Field Guide (Photographer's Field Guide) (Paperback)
'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. There are several alternate titles on this subject, some of which are a little better. As with several photography titles, this may be one of those books that you will want to peruse before committing to a purchase.
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