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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding exposure in plain English, 24 Jan 2005
This review is from: Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Paperback)
Thankyou Bryan Peterson. You are a saviour! I'd recently purchased myself a Nikon F55 plus a few extras in the January sales, and had read a book I already had on photography. As I continued to read, my heart sank lower and lower. Nobody told me you had to have a PhD in Nuclear Physics to learn photography! What were all those tables, and charts and calculations??Enter Bryan. Discovered in an Amazon search, persuaded by other favourable reviews, he already sounded like the man I needed to put me back on track. And boy was I not disappointed. This man makes you feel like anyone could be a professional. His prose is chatty, avuncular but never patronising. Yes, some (frankly humourless) people may get annoyed with his little mantras that he's devised over the years to guide him through metering problems. But to me they're more memorable than a sea of numbers. And once you've read it the first night you get it (which you will), it suddenly all becomes so clear. He tells you where to meter, illustrates clearly each effect he's tried to achieve- in laymans language, it all sounds so much less daunting and far simpler than you were ever led to believe - and you just know he is absolutely passionate about what he does. This shows in his beautiful pictures. So if you're a beginner or intermediate - this is the Book for you.
PS: one nitpick - in his section on Aperture he explains about depth-of-field scales (absent from most modern cameras with zoom lenses) and that it's necessary to calculate this by distance setting instead. Only he didn't include a chart to say what the scales/distances were.
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