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The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering (The Confused Photographer's Guide to . . . Series) Paperback – 1 Mar 1998
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Farzad's book a provides a practical and simplified application of the zone system, a topic that sends most tyro photographers running. So Farzad never mentions the "z" word. Instead, he provides a simple explanation of how photographic exposure systems work (regardless of camera type). He follows this with a simplified methodology to employ with an on-camera spotmeter (found on many popular cameras today) to ensure proper exposure. The system is based on science but with use becomes intuitive. "Cheat sheets" for popular cameras incorporating spotmeters are included to facilitate application of the principles applied.
This is a well-produced self-published book, wiht lots of simple graphics to illustrate the concepts conveyed. Farzad himslef is an accomplished amateur photographer and photographic instructor; examples of his work can be found on his website. If you are Ansel Adams, this book is not for you. If you want to begin to approach Adams' technical style, start here.
You can have all the camera technology money can buy but if you don't know the basics.......why bother.
Don't get me wrong...I am not Ansel Adams. But I do know how to take photos in Manual mode, spot meter and make correct exposure decisions all because I read these books.