Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs Hardcover – 1 Oct 1990
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About the Author
Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author's style is engaging and right from the start, I found myself reaching for my camera to try out his suggestions.
Not only is Peterson a great photographer, he is also a great teacher projecting his enthusiasm for photography onto the reader.
I found this book a more compelling read than any edge-of-our-seat thriller I ever read, only putting it down to go out and shoot some photographs.
After reading this book, I no longer let the camera make my exposure decisions - choice of Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO setting are now concious decisions with a particular effect in mind.
If you want to move from "point & shoot - unpredictable result" to "think, compose, point, shoot - expected result", this is a worthwhile investment.
and light metering. The author gives you a step by step guide
on exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He talks to you
in non technical language and gives fantastic photos to explain
the techniques involved. I couldn't put it down from once I
started reading it. This book says it all - Turn off your
automatic setting and start getting creative with aperture and
shutter speed. A really fantastic book and worth every cent.
As you'd expect, it runs through the main things you need to know about exposure: using aperture for depth of field, fast shutter speeds for movement and all that stuff that you already know.
Except he seems to add things that you didn't know, or hadn't thought of.
Remember, this is just about exposure, so it's not telling you how to frame shots, or what to take photos of, just how to get the exposure right.
He uses a lot of easily remembered terms, like 'story telling' or 'who cares?' apertures. Some of them seem a bit silly, but there's no doubt you know what he's talking about. Later on, it gets even sillier, when he talks about 'Brother Blue Sky' and Mr Green Jeans' for exposure of skies and green areas. And you think, hang on, I'm not twelve. But I can see the point. If he was very technical about it, you'd never remember, but this way, you're out with your camera, and you think, I'll use Brother Reflecting Sky. Just don't say it out loud.
So Peterson has a knack of putting things over in an easy to comprehend way that's actually useful when you're out taking shots. I tried a few of his techniques straightaway, and they work.
The book is nicely illustrated of course, with good examples to show how the techniques work. It's well written, and genuinely useful if you pretty much understand how to use manual exposure but want to go a step further.
PS: one nitpick - in his section on Aperture he explains about depth-of-field scales (absent from most modern cameras with zoom lenses) and that it's necessary to calculate this by distance setting instead. Only he didn't include a chart to say what the scales/distances were.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For beginners wanting to understand the basics of photography you can't go wrong. Really good book and excellent value for money.Published 5 months ago by Fish323
For all those aspiring photographers out there, it's a good source.Published 15 months ago by Ms. O. Martin
Great book for entry level photographers however expierienced ones can also find a lot of new stuff. Recommended (especially for beginners).Published 17 months ago by Peter
A great at go-to book for the novice to the experienced photographer because there's always something to learn. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James H