The Low Light Photography Field Guide (Photographer's Field Guide) Paperback – 7 Nov 2011
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Go beyond daylight to capture stunning low light images
About the Author
Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.
Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographershas been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.
Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.
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There is a down side though, and that is down to the publishing rather than the writing. To make it into a "field guide" the book has been crammed into a 12cm X 15.5cm format which means that the text is so tiny and would be a struggle to read in anything but perfect conditions. Worse still is that many of the images are no bigger than a postage stamp. Consequently it is impossible to really tell from looking at them the extent to which Freeman's lessons hold true. We just have to take his (very small) word for it, as there's no way that we can see for ourself. It may have been possible to give both pictures and text more space, by cutting out some of the text, as some of it though great at giving comprehensive coverage is surely superfluous in a field guide. Alternatively, and my preferred option, would have been to publish everything scaled up in a larger volume so that it is easier to read and a joy to look at. Sadly the publishers have done neither of those two things.
In short, if you've got 20/20 vision and want a book that gives lots of suggestions on how to improve your low light photography that you will read in perfect conditions, this could be the one for you. If you are looking for something to use in the field in low light conditions, you might prefer to look elsewhere.
I was drawn to his writing after purchasing the very successful 'The Photographer's Eye' which is an essential tome on creating photographs.
This little field guide is genuinely useful and mixes hard, technical information, with quality info on shooting strategies when working in low light.
One example of his thinking that caught my eye was elegant and simple, creating handheld HDRI images in low light. Sounds like an impossible challenge but he suggests setting your camera to exposure bracketing (+/- 2 stops) setting the shooting mode to hi-speed continuous and rattling off three frames. A brilliant idea and one that has been genuinely useful to me.
Freeman offers good post-processing advice too, suggesting taking a single raw, reprocessing it a couple of times to favour lighter or darker areas of the shot then blending them together, again another simple yet useful tip.
The book is full of these and, as a person drawn to shooting at dusk and night time, I have been dipping into this book a lot prior to going out on a shoot.
A simply essential guide to anyone looking to shoot in reduced light or less than ideal conditions (so, basically anyone into photography) and the small size is definitely no indication of the amount of helpful tips in here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Print is on the small side for those like myself with bad eyesight, but a helpfull guide none the less.Published 4 months ago by Donald Grant
IF i could give this book zero i would, i bought black and white field guide by mr freeman and this low light as well i should have learnt my lesson the print is so small i think... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve
A very good book which sets out the issues facing photographers when photographing in low light very well indeed. Easy to follow and very informative. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MSM
I agree with other reviewers; great content compressed into a small form factor. A larger version would be great, after all you dont read a low light field guide in the dark!Published 15 months ago by P
Excelent tips about overcomming difficult light conditions. Also features a nice description of noise, focus blur and motion blur related issues.Published 17 months ago by PEDRO MENDES DA SILVA
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