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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ilex Press; 01 edition (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907579796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907579790
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.4 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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For decades one of the best writers on photography and photographic technique, Michael Freeman, has a fine new introduction to low light photography, "The Low Light Photography Field Guide". While the vanishing breed of film-based photographers - including yours truly - may not find this as useful a text, there is still much in Freeman's new book that could apply easily to film photography of all formats, from 35mm to large. However, this book is aimed primarily at digital photography. Freeman delves into the nuts and bolts of working in Photoshop and other, similar, software in adjusting image contrast, depending upon different lighting conditions and subject matter. He also devotes time to recommendations for various kinds of lenses, not only the latest autofocusing image stabilizer zooms of the kinds offered by Canon and Nikon, but even fast prime lenses like those currently made by Zeiss in Canon and Nikon mount. There is also an excellent section on camera support, including discussions of tripods and tripod heads. Without a doubt, Freeman has written a most insightful guide that will be useful to most photographers, not only novices, but also those who regard themselves as serious amateurs and even, professionals too.
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Despite the low rating I believe that the author, Michael Freeman, has done a very good job at writing a readable and informative book on the topic. It is also refreshing in that it treats both shooting and post-processing together as a part of the photographic process rather than keeping them separate. There are many useful lessons here and I'm sure there's something that photographers of all levels of experience can take from it.

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.
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i also purchaised the exposure feild guid a few months back and hav enjoyed useing it and am now half way through this book both are great and the perfect size 2 fit in my camera bag id definatly recomend this
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By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2012
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Michael Freeman is a brilliant writer on photography, putting complex theory into simple, understandable pieces that are easy to digest.

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.

Heartily recommended.
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Extremely disappointed. Photos in it are not motivating but terrible looking snapshots and it really doesn't focus on how to take great night or low light photos but almost exclusively on identifying problems in photos like blur, notice, chroma, wrong white balance etc. all of these things he talks about how to fix in Photoshop in few examples you can hardly see in this super small pocket book. It makes no sense that this book is a pocket book since the information isn't delivered in a way where you would use it in the field. It's not a book of techniques but just focus on issues in photos. The information in the book looks messy and it's just a lot of random topics.
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