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Digital Exposure Handbook (Revised Edition) Paperback – 7 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Ross Hoddinott is one of the UKs leading natural history and landscape photographers. He is the author of five photography books and a multi award winner. Ross has been working as a full time professional since 1997, supplying imagery and undertaking commissions for a wide range of publications and clients. Based in the South West of England, Ross is best known for his intimate close-up images of nature, and for evocative landscape photographs. He is a member of the 2020VISION photo team and co-runs Dawn 2 Dusk Photography. Ross has authored or co-authored five other books on photographic technique, including The Landscape Photography Workshop, The Wildlife Photography Workshop and Digital Macro Photography.
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Ross states that exposure sorts the hobby photographer from the professional. Knowing that even some enthusiasts find difficulty with what seems like a complex subject, Ross has tackled exposure step by step to unravel the mysteries.
Ross enables the reader to understand the basics and how to apply them to achieve creative results. Each chapter is well illustrated with examples. He shows how lifeless a wrong exposure can look and how to bring your photos to life by getting the exposure right. He looks at under and over exposure and their effects, uses and how to correct them.
He shows you how to work with light and how to use flash effectively. He also demonstrates the use of digital filters and polarizers. He finishes by showing how to enhance your photos in software programs. Ross Hoddinott says exposure is 'the heartbeat of photography' and Ross certainly has his finger on the pulse. These professional hints and tips from are easy to understand. This is a handy, practical and invaluable guide to digital exposure.
This book is truly superb! Having been badly 'burned' by believing reviews and purchasing Michael Freeman's 'Digital SLR Handbook' which has *no detail* on exposure at all I took a lot of time and care to select a good book on exposure - as this is the 'beating heart' of potography.
As it lacks the 'look inside' feature of it's two main rivals I'll start with an overview of content and then move on to comparative reviews with these two 'rival' publications:
Quite small sized, well bound and sturdy cover.
Introduction (clear, simple, 5 pages)
1 - The Baics Of Exposure (explains the triangle, good tips and clear explanations) p13-68
2 - Exposure In Practice (different scenarios with tips and help e.g. architecture, people, close-up) p69-100
3 - Ambient Light (Direction, silhouette, white balance) p101-120
4 - Flash Light (different settings, front-and-rear curtain etc) p121-144
5 - Filters (short and good into to key filters e.g. ND and polarising) p145-163
6 - Exposure in Digital Darkrooms (Brief photoshop tools overview and usage e.g. curves, dodge-and-burn, HDR intro and printing) p163-167
That's the summary of contents - all of which is laid out in clear double-page speads with lcear text, helpful tips and lots of (but not too many) photos illustrating each point.
IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER BOOKS ON EXPOSURE
Having taken time to read and look at its two main rivals - Bryan Peterson's 'Understanding Exposure' and Peter Cope's 'Digital Photographer's Guide to Exposure' I feel I can compare this book to them with some confidence.
By comparison with Peterson's book 'Understanding Exposure' this is much more up-to-date and focused on digital SLR's rather than a hybrid of film and digital. More importantly though Ross Hoddinott's style is clear, simple, warm and jargon-free which compares to the jarring jokes, 'humour' and patronisingly simplistic terms Peterson's uses.
By comparison with the (also-excellent) book by Peter Cope (Digital Photographer's Guide to Exposure) I think this book has a few key advantages. It's binding is sturdy and the size is better for carrying around with you in a camera bag. Also the photo's are by Ross, which limits the style and subject matter a little (though he still has great illustratons and examples for the in practice section) however the REAL advantage and differentiator is the amount of information included with each picture. Not only are all the details of exposure settings included for *every picture* but also there are a lot of very useful juxtapositons of the same subject with two different settings showing the different effects and illustrating the differences or at times really emphasising that these are *effects* not 'right and wrong'.
A great book and having taken a LONG time to coose a good exposure book I'm really happy with this one which is up-to-date, clear, jargon-free and has key advantages over its rivals. I'd highly recommend this book, mastering exposure is the 'beating heart' of digital photography and if you're a new DSLR owner I'd say it's a 'must buy' and for experienced DSLR users this book will have some useful information: most importantly it will inspire you to take pictures and learn.
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