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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Original edition (Aug. 18 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817432256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817432256
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, an internationally known instructor, and the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). He lives in Chicago.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gromit on April 20 2010
Format: Paperback
From the 3 or 4 books on photo i've bought, this is the best. In fact I was so pleased with his "understanding exposure" book, I bought this one instead of buying all the other ones.
It starts from the basics(aperture/ISO/shutter speed: I thought I had nothing extra to learn on these topics-I was wrong), explains the basics of combining them to get the best picture (not just a good, picture, but the best picture), and then covering more advanced topics and different situations, and important tips on composition. Not all the pros can understand why non-pros can't get the picture that good, but Peterson can and will help you correct that. And he won't do it using time-wasting Photoshop gizmos.

A MUST if you're anything between beginner to intermediate-advanced with a DSLR.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Mercier on March 7 2010
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Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide is a MUST if, like me, you enjoy (even on the go...) reading anectodes explaining ways by which a given professional photographer tackles various challenges regarding aperture / shutter speed / composition choices. It combines most of its previous masterpieces in one without compromising anything in picture or text qualities. Equally amazing for its wealth of information within a dense yet clear format, don't forget to take a serious look at Daniel Lezano's wonderful Photography Bible (New Edition)!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Michael Greig on April 12 2010
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I learned more reading this book than I've learned in over 35 years of taking photographs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Oliver P. Ancheta on March 9 2011
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The title it self speak for it self, What you'll gonna learn from this book is the very basic that every photographer should master first, Understanding how the camera works and arts!. This book is the summary of Bryan's popular books like Understanding exposure, Understanding shutter speed, understanding close-up photography, learning to see creatively etc.. etc. Stay away from torrents for the difference between the book it self and the scanned PDF is like night and day. The pictures are stunning, the book it self is very well made so it will naturally spark your interest to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Birnie on May 22 2013
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I purchased this field guide after reading another one of Bryan Peterson's books "Understanding Exposure". I thought I would be a good reference item to pack along with my camera gear. I am pleased with this condensation of information which is handy and easy to understand. I would recommend this book for photographers who want to improve their skills and the super non-technical experience of taking good shots every time based on the tips in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginette Brosseau on Sept. 3 2013
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I'm not a beginner in photography but I found this book to be a great guide; in fact, Bryan Peterson goes over a few points concerning composition, exposure and technique which I found were very helpful. His no-nonsense guide is to the point, supplemented by examples and a must for every photographer, whether of skill level. Thank you Bryan I'll be buying more of your books!
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I found the print to be a bit small to make it easy reading, especially when trying to understand and learn from the information. Also the layout wasn't as easy to navigate as some of the other photography books I have purchased. I have to admit, I did not read the entire book because of this, and skimmed it, picking out some things that caught my eye. So in all fairness, my rating is based on its readability, more than its content. The book itself is physically larger than I would have expected for a field guide, but then I pack light, so it isn't something I would take with me, especially with the small print, as I like a field guide to be easy to read when I am using it for reference.
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By Dave on Sept. 20 2013
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as a relative newcomer to photography, this book provided a comprehensive introduction to all aspects both technical and artistic. Peterson does a great job of giving you insight into his thought process for each of the dozens of photos used to illustrate points throughout the book
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