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on 31 December 2014
Since the author is a professional photographer and teacher, and so many people rated this at 5 stars I was expecting great things. I was wrong.
The first point to make is that there is absolutely nothing in the book about exposure for indoor photography. Nothing on taking photos in historic churches etc, family gatherings, or studio stuff. The author admits that natural light photography is his thing, which means the info on using flash outdoors is pretty weak too. For example this section talks about second curtain sync, but doesnt explain why it is better than first curtain.
The book was originally written in 1990, ie pre digital, and although there are some updates (eg HDR), it is a bit hit and miss. No mention of using histograms, or RAW for example. And the section on ISO gives short shrift to using anything above 400 (better to lug a tripod), and after that this part of the exposure triangle is not mentioned again. In fact the core of the book is still giving advice that is going to be of most benefit to those using film. For example where to take the light meter reading when photographing sunsets, snow etc is useful advice if you won't know if you got the exposure right until the film is developed. But if you can look at the screen on the back of the camera and tell straight away, well it is not so useful.
I was puzzled why the cover talks about taking better photos "with any camera". It certainly needs to be a camera with manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Maybe the author means he is giving tips that are equally useful for film and digital.
Anyway, some nice pictures, but could be a lot better on the core subject. Have a look at the other critical reviews.