- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press (1 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240817745
- ISBN-13: 978-0240817743
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.4 x 15.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,456,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Exposure Field Guide: The essential handbook to getting the perfect exposure in photography; any subject, anywhere (The Field Guide Series) Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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"Focal Press is launching a new book series this spring. The Field Guide series is collection of pocket-sized how-to books that can easily slip into a photographer's camera bag. International photog Michael Freeman is the author of the first three books: The Photographer's Eye Field Guide, The DSLR Field Guide and The Exposure Field Guide. The first two are out; the third is coming soon. They will be followed by birding, wedding and landscape Field Guides later this summer and fall. This will increase your ability to get better photos through skill rather than luck."--press release posted on Adorama.com
"I'm reading Michael Freeman's The Exposure Field Guide for a review I will be posting soon. Initially, I was thinking that I could not imagine an entire book, even a relatively small one, on the subject of "exposure," especially since it deals with digital photography. How much could there be to say about the methods of getting good exposure when you can check the screen to see if there are red and blue areas blinking to tell you, generally, if you need to give a little more or less exposure. Well, as it turns out, there is plenty to say and Freeman is saying it well and a book I thought I would be skimming is being read rather carefully. Part of this is that he not only goes into the "how-tos" but also the "why-fors." I will save the rest of my comments on that until the review.g"--BetterinBlackandWhite.com
"The Exposure Field Guide is written all about lighting and getting a good exposure. It covers topics like using a gray card, using a handheld meter, exposing for color, metering modes, and lots of lighting scenarios. It includes lots of beautiful photographs as examples throughout the book. It is technical to be sure. However, I learned several new things while reading this book. This would be a good read for someone who is feeling comfortable with their camera, but wants some in-depth information about exposure."--MomandCamera.com
"Would make fantastic Christmas gifts for the photographer in your life"--review in Kimberlygauthier.com
About the Author
Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.
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I picked this up on a whim, I have several Michael Freeman books and he writes with clarity, authority and an everyman voice that is very personable.
The Exposure Field Guide, at first glance, does not appear to be an essential tome. We all know about exposure, right? Let your camera decide on the exposure of the image, maybe dial in a wee bit of +/- EV to tweak the look. That's it, yeah?
Well, no. Freeman basically explodes the casing of this rigid way of shooting most of us adhere to. Whilst he concedes that most cameras give a perfectly acceptable average reading of a scene, he moves beyond that and offers up ideas and solutions for carving the look that we want from a scene before us.
A few pages in and suddenly the concept of exposure switches from being a rigidly constrained part of the shooting process to something malleable, controllable and another tool in our armory.
I highly recommend this book for any serious photographer looking for genuine insight into this often overlooked but hugely important area of photography. Suddenly you go beyond an average (dare I say, boring?) rendering of a scene and can start making decisions about which tones you want to bring out, if you want subjects silhouetted, how deep you want your shadows, the kind of key you want the shot to be in. In short, a world of possibility opens up.
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.Read more ›
The book is small - maybe half a normal book, itll fit in a camera bag but if you need to carry this with you on shoots you have more time than me in your life! Anyway, the size does make it a bit tricky to see finer points in the examples.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book but if you are new to photography buy Understanding Exposure 3rd Edition by Bryan Peterson first then progress to this after you have gained some experience. Read morePublished 15 months ago by zen rockman
This product although it states a guide book fails to mention that you need a magnifying glass to read anything as the print is so flipping small. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pink-777
Excellent book handy size so can be easily carried and reffered to, not for the absolute beginner but with a little bit of knowledge.Published 21 months ago by coedarian
If you want to understand why and how to take control of exposure, this book is for you. Also, dispels some myths about the possibilities for corrections in RAW post-processing.Published on 2 Oct. 2014 by Anon. (Yorkshire, England)
I found this book explains his methods very well.
His methods may not gel with all but for me the approach is right. Read more
I ordered this thinking it would be a good source for learning about exposure. Instead I found it disappointing. First, the size (6" x 4. Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by CJ Hakes
An ideal reminder of what is required to make a accurate exposure. Chapters are broken down to easy to understand chunks. Making it easy to remember and put in practice.Published on 6 May 2014 by mikecurrie
This book is basically extremely portable and it does help understand exposure and working with light, which are basic things to understand if you're ever serious moving beyond... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Cosmin
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