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Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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More than 100 vivid, graphic comparison pictures illustrate every point in this classic and can help any photographer maximize the creative impact of his or her exposure decisions. Peterson stresses the importance of metering the subject for a starting exposure and then explains how to use various exposure meters and different kinds of lighting. The book contains lessons on each element of the triangle and how it relates to the other two in terms of depth of field, freezing and blurring action, and shooting in low light or at night. A section on special techniques explores such options as deliberate under-and over-exposures, how to produce double exposures, bracketing, shooting the moon, and the use of filters. Understanding Exposure demonstrates that there are always creative choices about how to expose a picture - and that the decision is up to the photographer, not the camera.
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Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively
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I particularly like the way in which the book is laid out. A great deal of thought went into a design which allows readers to build on what has been covered so far as they progress through the work. Beginning with; Defining Exposure, the author devotes considerable time to each of the main headings which also include; Aperture, Shutter Speed, Light and penultimately; Special Techniques and Filters. Finally, there is a discussion on Film vs. Digital which might be useful for those photographers who are still not convinced by the new technology.
Speaking as a self-taught photographer whose own pictures have been widely published for over 30 years, this book has explained much that I did not previously understand as well as, perhaps, I should have.
Approx. A4 size, with one of the nicest dedications I have ever come across, there are 160 pages containing 150 colour illustrations which cover just about every spectrum of the subject. These include sport, natural history, portraits, people at work, landscapes, close up, mood shots - and a great deal more. As I said, something for just about everyone.
It also shows all of the settings for every photo in the book, and this was incredibly helpful for me. It allows you to replicate the situations within (as near as possible) and pinch the settings to use yourself. I found the info given on using the light meter very helpful (didn't know it existed before this book) and just the general explanations on exposure were really good when you want to develop your own style.
This might be a bit basic for people who already know their way around a camera, but I suspect most amateur photographers would benefit from a copy of this book.
With my camera by my side as I read within moments I was out testing the suggestions for manual mode, something I had never dared try before. Over the course of the evening I captured some of my best ever portraits of my children and was honestly astounded by how easy it was.
Bryan is obviously a very talented photographer and teacher and his photos and explanations are testament to this.
If you crave information on exposure and really want to try working on manual and feeling like a real pro this is one book not to miss. I know I'll certainly be returning to it time and time again.
You will learn to work your camera in full manual mode and enjoy the benefits.
I wish they would add a chapter for working with flash though.
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