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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera [Paperback]

Bryan Peterson
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Book Description

Aug. 10 2010

With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations. You’ll learn:

• Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it 
• Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone 
• Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity 
• How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion 
• Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk


With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

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BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect Nov. 2 2010
I've been wanting a digital SLR camera for a while and finally bought myself one as a gift. Obviously, I wanted to learn how to be a better photographer with my new toy, so I ordered a couple of books to learn more. Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure is the best I read by far. It is exactly what I wanted and needed: a clearly-written, concise and beautifully imaged book that taught me how to use my potential as a photographer. Now, I shoot only in Manual mode and know how to deliver perfect exposures everytime. If you're like me and want to go from point-and-shoot to dSLR and learn how to take advantage of what your camera can do for you, this is the book to get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the amateur Sept. 4 2010
For the amateur photographer there is no better inspiration than knowing that the questions you have are at your fingertips along with a plethora of creative ideas and that's what this book provides. Highly recommended as both a motivational tool to go out and shoot as well as a good reference. And remember, the best exposure is the correct exposure!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any new photographer May 3 2011
This has to be one of the best books I have read and I would highly recommend it for any new photographer who wants to understand the entire process of picture taking. This book explains in easy to understand terms what your camera is doing the moment you press the shutter button as well as how to adjust your camera settings for better pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you'll ever need June 23 2012
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I've been an amateur photographer since 1993 and I've read endless books about the subject and I took some courses while in University. Even though I already " know" photography and all it's techniques, I'm always looking for "the" book that will make me reach tha point of understanding between theory and practice. This book will give you the aha moment you've been waiting for. I would say that if you start reading thi book without any knowledge of photography, by the time you finish you will not only know the basic theory and abc's of photography but you will also know how to apply it when you're out there in the field with your camera. All in simple words. basically YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO. That simple.
I can safely say that this has to be the bible for all people who are into photography regardless of your level of understanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers a greater understanding of Exposure. Oct. 26 2013
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
There are those photographers who understand exposure and those who do not. Whatever your own level of experience with either (or both) digital or film camera, this book will, at one of the scale, teach the novice a great deal about the subject. At the other end, there will be few professional or highly competent amateur photographers who could fail to learn something from this excellent work. In short, there is something for everyone in this book and, even a brief flick through the pages, is enough to generate ideas.

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Exposure Dec 30 2011
Very informative. Recommend to anyone looking to advance and learn. Great Photographs, and opportunity to test your knowledge with questions and tests.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bryan Peterson is amazingly clear in his explanations. As if he were there at your side.
This book really improved my photography skills and understanding.
Full of inspiring photographs.
If you want to improve your photography, buy this book today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Exposure Sept. 7 2011
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A very good book. Delivered quickly in excellent condition. No issues. Vendor delivered as promisied. Very happy overall with purchase.
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Excellent book for beginners looking to migrate away from shooting auto.
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I first learned of this book while reading photography forums, it was highly recommended. A great book, with lots of easy to understand information. Read more
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This book is great for a new photographer starting out. It is very descriptive and the pictures are great since they show visually what the author is saying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion
This is an excellent guide to photography and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends who are interested in photography. Bryan Peterson's books always satisfy.
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if you are struggling with exposure-this is the best book to learn about it! Not only you will understand the basic principles of setting correct exposure but you will notice a... Read more
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