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Nice pictures, but brings nothing new to the table.
on 1 August 2009
I bought this book because, like a surprisingly large number of people, I too had taken up Photography in my teens (back many years ago when it was film), but gave up a few years later due to never getting the knack of correctly exposing my shots.
Recently (scroll on 20years) however I decided to purchase a dSLR and soon realised the massive benefits with Digital Photography whereby one's exposure mistakes could be seen immediately. If a picture came out poorly exposed, no problem. Another shot, with different exposure settings could quickly be taken to try to resolve the problem.....
But that's kind of okay if you're working with static objects where you can take half a dozen shots all at differing exposures (and you've got all day) but even so still too hit and miss for my liking.
And where this luxury isn't available, to correctly expose a lot of my shots would boil down to luck most of the time. Which would not be good enough.
No, I knew I needed a book on Exposure.
After MUCH deliberation on Amazon, I boiled it down to 2, this one and "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.
I thought (judging by the reviews each one got) that this would be the one to go for......
I WAS WRONG !!
Yes, it's a nifty little size, and yes, in it the pictures are all very nice, BUT;
If your aim is to be able to correctly assess the lighting conditions, make your decisions based on your assessment of what's going on with that light and what your meter is telling you and to be able to choose your exposure and take a picture ONCE or TWICE at the most AND FOR IT TO BE CORRECTLY EXPOSED (not 10 or so pictures, all at differing Aperture/shutter/ISO settings hoping that one might turn out okay) then THIS IS NOT YOUR BOOK.
You'll be wanting "Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson".
Having said all that, this one didn't cost the earth so therefore it's not the end of the world, but I can't recommend it really. The level of the book is aimed way too low for those that KNOW that Exposure is their problem and needs to be solved.
The knowledge within this book is aimed at those who wouldn't know that exposure isn't the problem with their picturetaking.
Therefore, I can only imagine that where this book will be a hit, is as a Christmas or Birthday present for someone who has recently taken up Photography, bought themselves a dSLR and hasn't got a clue how to use it really. Oh, and the person buying/giving the book as the present would need to be wise enough about photography. A Photographer perhaps !
So, no Nuggets in this book, NOR any Ah-ha moments for me !