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Perfect balance of study and reference material,
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This review is from: The Photographer's Exposure Field Guide: The Essential Guide to Getting the Perfect Exposure; Any Subject, Anywhere (Photographer's Field Guide) (Paperback)
Michael Freeman's published photography works are world reknowned and reproduced in varying formats for the simple reason that his skill in photography is matched by his ability to write and teach. This book is a perfect example of that, so I'll focus a little more on the presentation of it.
Choosing a publication and format can be a bit of a mine field since the industry standards in this area are flexible to say the least. Take Field Guides for example. By definition they contain information presented in a compact format, primarily for reference purposes, but I had one for a camera that was a struggle to fit into a backpack! Yet Ilex (and others) tend to come in for critcism because their range tend to be more pocket sized.
Ilex take publications and condense them into a compact size and the seller makes reference to this, though it would be easy to miss the fact that it's not the first publication of the material.
However, book dimensions are clearly stated and a preview option is included. My eyesight is good and I don't (currently) require optical aids and I had no issues with the font size. It is small, but I didn't find it uncomfortably so and would suggest that checking the dimensions and printing the preview would be a good step if you have any concerns before purchasing.
The content provides exactly what the title suggests. There are sections on fundamentals you can read through and plenty of situational sections that you can revise on before you plan a shoot and refer to while you're out there.
Freeman has a full range of photography books and I'd suggest that reviewing the range (and others) and thinking carefully about the content and whether they will help you work through them in a logical order. For example, this is a guide to exposure for photographers, so it won't give a beginners' guide to every technical aspect it refers to. (You'd never fit it in your bag if it did)!
If you are a beginner, you might find it useful to start with introductory guides (both for your camera and photography). That said, you would certainly benefit from this guide and as with any book, if you encounter something you don't understand, doing a little reference work will aid your development (e.g. understanding histograms).
I've considered previous reviews and comments (and respect them) and have tried to provide a well balanced review based on this and the information provided by the seller, publisher and author. To that end, I've awarded it 5 stars.