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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; REV edition (Aug. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817463003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817463007
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively and writes a photography column "Picture Points," for Popular Photography Magazine. His many photographic awards include the Communication Arts Photography Annual (eight times), Print Magazine's Design Annual (four times), and the New York Art Directors Gold Award. He lives in Seattle and Lyon, France.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on July 7 2006
Format: Paperback
If I had to credit one single book to developing my photography skills the most, it would be this one by a long shot. This book taught me how to get out of Auto mode on my rebel xt and into Manual mode where I have much more creative control.

Learning to shoot in Manual (M) mode can be a long a drawn out progression for the beginner/amateur photographer but this book teaches you how to do it very simply, quickly and effectively. It is an easy read and very well presented. I could notice huge differences within a few days of reading it, and this is after doing photography for a year.

See for yourself:
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There are over a hundred full color photos inside the book where each shot tells you the camera's setting so you can go out and try it yourself.

I would reccommend this book to anyone from the creative "point and shoot" users to the advanced professionals.

Enough talk,
Just go buy it.

Bill
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2009
Format: Paperback
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.

NM
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Novice Shutterbug on Jan. 11 2005
Format: Paperback
Although this book may at first be intimidating for someone who has never handled a SLR Camera, it is actually a thorough beginner's book. It is not overly "technical", although any book on exposure will be full of numbers when talking of aperture, shutter speeds, ISO settings, etc. Once you begin to get a grasp of these concepts, the reading is easy and enlightening. (no pun intended)
For those with a little experience, this book will clear up many of the exposure mysteries that you may have faced. I think it is a "must read" for beginner to intermediate shutterbugs.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on Oct. 16 2005
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I just got this book for my birthday and over the last few days I have read it cover to cover. I learned so much that I had thought I knew but really didnt. This book helped me to become more confident in my abilities to not only correctly expose a photograph, but to 'creatively' and correctly expose a photograph. The pictures were very inspiring. This book is a must have for anyone who is a photographer. The book is easy to understand, yet detailed enough to give you the real picture. The exercises are very helpful. I will definately read this book again and refer back to it for a very long time to come, if I ever have questions about exposure!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan Cheng on March 27 2007
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I didn't given any thought to photography since high school, where I took it as one of my bird courses. I remember I had a lot of fun exploring the world through the viewfinder. So 20 years later, I finally picked up a dslr to remind myself just how much fun it was.

It didn't take long for me to realize that I was lost at trying to figure out the exposure settings with the light I had let alone the complexity of exposure settings that make the shot interesting. The internet is a good resource, but there's nothing like having a tangible book in hand.

Since you're reading this, you already know that this book has great ratings. Actually, it's invaluable for beginners and intermediate photographers.

I found this book at a large chain book store in Toronto, only to discover that it was half the price on Amazon. Thanks Amazon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judy Ann VanHaaster on April 9 2007
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This is an amazing book, I have 4 of Bryans Books and I have also taken 2 of Bryan's online classes with Perfect Picture School of Photography (PPSOP), he is an wonderfull writer and a super fun and creative online photography instructor. This is a must have book for all those of you how are just starting out in photography. He is very imaginative. Check out [...] online for more of Bryan's stuff, you won't be sorry.
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