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on 23 July 2017
What an be said about Michael Freeman that hasn't already been said. As a field guide it is small enough to carry in your kit bag. I have referred to it many times when on a shoot. Guides you through the low light approach to photography. I would recommend to any one.
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on 16 September 2017
I like Michael Freemans stuff but in my opinion this is not a field guide, more like part of one of his study books.
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on 9 January 2012
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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on 18 December 2011
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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on 22 February 2012
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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'Field Guides' are an increasingly common phrase used in titles of books.

From a purely personal viewpoint, a Field Guide should contain whatever information is vital to the activity that comprises the remainder of its title. Low Light photography is a subject that has reared its head in others of Freeman's titles, but usually in a rather limited way. What he may have done is to assemble all those bits and brought them together is a more meaningful and complete way, adding whatever additional information that was required to fill-in any gaps. Freeman is usually a very safe author, but he does sometimes miss his target. This may be one such, but the miss is a narrow one.

A field guide should also be small enough either to fit into a pocket or in an available corner of a camera bag. At a little over 5x4 inches, this fits that bill and the number of its pages is just about at the limits of pocketability at 192, although fewer would have been better.

As some of Freeman's books pre-date the near-complete takeover by digital from film, some portions may have needed a rewrite. Digital imposes some limitations and a tripod may be needed as it was before. However, with digital being able to utilise ISO speeds way beyond those commonly found in film (200-400 was typical for many colour films, but there were few faster) and with a fast prime lens - possibly f/1.4-2.8 for the shorter focal lengths and f/2.8-4 for the longer ones - in combination with some of the higher ISO settings but not necessarily the very highest, hand-held photography may be possible at moderate exposures in some situations.

How much of this book you will find useful may depend on your personal experiences. It is pretty good, but I feel that it is somehow incomplete. There are several alternate titles on this subject, some of which are a little better. As with several photography titles, this may be one of those books that you will want to peruse before committing to a purchase.
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on 20 September 2015
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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on 6 December 2011
This is a very well written book. Serious amateurs and I think professional ones too will find this book very useful. However, because the intention was to keep the book small enough to put it in the pocket, the fonts are too small for easy reading. The photographs presented could also be bigger.
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on 1 April 2014
I hesitate to criticise one of Freeman's books as the ones I've bought so far have been informative and well presented. Much of the content of this book is excellent but it's severely disadvantaged by the 'field guide' (=tiny) format of 12x15.5cm. There are good but short chapters about using equipment, also about colour blending and RAW editing so much of the content is there to be read and learned before and after you struggle with your low light photography, not being carried in your pocket during a shoot. The very small print is difficult to read unless brightly lit, the guide would be hopeless to have in a low light field!
What a pity - such a good book with such a handicap. It is however inexpensive so even two or three good tips come cheap compared with the price of expensive equipment.
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on 3 February 2013
I chose this because of it's subject matter and in particular because of the Author..
Michael Freeman has a wealth of experience and he manages to impart it in a very understandable way.
Where Photography is concerned, low light is a particularly neglected subject matter and for anyone wishing to cope with this and the difficulties that it can produce then this is the book for you.
The format of the guide means it is truly a 'Field guide' and can be used for reference when tackling those tricky light situations..
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