Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film Or Digital Camera Paperback – Aug 1 2004
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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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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:
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.
Just go buy it.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A very good book for all levels of photographers. unfortunately I already have a copy of this.Published 8 months ago by Cameron Wood
This book has become a resource/reference book for as I encounter different photographic situations. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2014 by David Cuthbertson
I really like this book. It has certainly help me understand exposure and has greatly improved my photos. Well worth the read and purchase. Read morePublished on April 6 2013 by S. Fung
I am only two chapters in so far and already feel completely comfortable with shooting in manual mode all the time. Topics I thought were confusing now seem so easy to understand. Read morePublished on May 4 2010 by Greg Pike
I love photography. However, up to a few months ago I have really been shooting in automatic and "P" priority mode; even though I used a digital SLR. Read morePublished on March 25 2010 by G. Papanikolaou
very nice deals on most stuff related to the subject (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture)... Good examples illustrated un photographs (some have a lot of grain in them but you can still... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2010 by Louis M. Carriere
You need this book whether you use a film camera or a digital camera. In either case your success in photography depends on manipulating light. That's what this book is all about. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2009 by Doral Hemm
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