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ISBN-13: 978-0470453629 ISBN-10: 0470453621 Edition: 1st
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Learn to unleash the power of every shutter speed

Shutter speed is an integral part of exposure. Learn to use it creatively, and you unlock the magic that transforms an ordinary subject into a work of art. From the blazing 1/8000 second that captures each feather in a hummingbird's wing to the lazy half-second that turns a fireworks display into a color-rich patchwork, shutter speed allows you to freeze time. Derek Doeffinger teaches you to harness the power that separates the amateur from the professional.

  • Unleash the power of shutter speed from 1/8000 second to 8 hours
  • Learn creative techniques to transform your photos

  • Discover how to achieve different effects with various aperture/shutter speed combinations

  • Determine the effect of weather and lighting conditions

  • Use filters, lenses, tripods, and other tools to manipulate shutter speed

  • Explore stop-action and creative blur techniques

  • See how to reinforce your creative vision using Photoshop

  • View what you can achieve in stunning full-color examples

About the Author

Derek Doeffinger, a former writer/photographer for Kodak, has been writing about digital photography since the first dSLR was introduced over 15 years ago. He is the author or co-author of ten how-to photography books and three scenic photo books: Waterfalls and Gorges of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Splendor, and Waterfalls of the Adirondacks and Catskills.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470453621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470453629
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

From "The Art of Seeing" to "Ultimate Digital Photo Quality," Derek Doeffinger has written and edited over a dozen how-to photography books and three photo books about upstate New York.

He enjoys exploring the creative aspects of photography and has spent the past two years defining the many ways you can use shutter speed to create eye-grabbing pictures.

When he's not taking pictures, he's thinking about taking pictures. His favorite photo subjects include waterfalls and rodeos.

If you're out taking pictures and see a middle-aged guy taking a picture while running the street, give him a shout.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Benoit on August 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Beginning right on the cover, Creative Shutter Speed invites, instructs, entertains, and sets the stage for rapid progress with personal photography that can quickly assist almost any photographer to raise their level of satisfaction with exciting pictures and even might transform simple camera shots into art form. Derric Doeffinger is an accomplished, published, and engaging career instructor in maximizing the potential of cameras and photographers. Personal results come quickly from following the entertaining, sometimes humorous, always engagingly simple suggestions from an obvious master who liberally appoints his book with tremendous photos the reader is confidentially told and completely aware of exactly how the magic was created. Derek has a voice that is akin to your friendly next-door neighbor confessing his photography adventures and aspirations; yet he obviously has achieved success far beyond amateur experimentation. The pictures made me think, "I can do some of this! I might even develop some artistic scenes...easily, results right away!"

I'm a SLR refugee from the 1960s, washed up on the digital shore, longingly thinking about how I need some new, simple ideas to rekindle my love affair with photography before I'm afraid to even think digital can't be for me. I want to fall in love with the experimenting I loved just out of college, in those psychedelic days, when my thinking was, anything could be a cool picture and my camera went everywhere with me like a reason to stare with a smile. Soon after starting Shutter Speed, I knew I had become bored with an interest I really hadn't understood as well as I thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Albanese on August 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Here's a guide you'll want to keep in your camera bag; an essential companion for the professional photographer or casual shooter. Derek Doeffinger's 'CREATIVE SHUTTER SPEED', provides the reader with techniques which can be applied immediately using a digital SLR camera's most powerful tool - shutter speed.

'CREATIVE SHUTTER SPEED' is a technical book, clearly written in an enjoyable, humorous style. Specific techniques are supported with clarifying metaphors and superb photographic examples. Doeffinger takes you by the hand, and step by step teaches you how to get the most creative results from your camera. The book is filled with tips and tricks of the trade that professional photographers use each day to get wonderful pictures.

After photographing for over 30 years, I found the information in this book to be a refreshing reminder of techniques I learned long ago, but somehow neglected in the shuffle. Doeffinger's passion for his craft reinvigorated my own enthusiasm. After reading each chapter, I couldn't wait to pick up my camera and go out to revisit all the "fun stuff" again. Understanding shutter speed and exposure, blurring, panning, freezing motion, equipment, composition and lighting are some of the many subjects which are explored.

This is a book you won't regret buying. You will learn a ton and will have fun doing it!!!

S. Albanese
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlie B. on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has really improved my picture taking by showing me the right shutter speeds and creative techniques to use. Not only does it have a lot of good pictures demonstrating how to use shutter speed but it conveys a lot of information without being a dry technical manual - it's actually enjoyable to read. Best of all it shows how to take eye-grabbing photos of everyday situations and common events like parades, motocross races, or even the flowers blowing in your garden.

The book contains plenty of solid technical information for advanced camera enthusiasts striving to improve the quality of their photos and up their pictures' "wow" factor. I expect it will also appeal to point & shoot users interested in exerting more control over their picture-taking but who don't want to be overwhelmed with excessive technical jargon. The book is conveniently broken down into bite-sized sections, and the techniques are illustrated with photos. Over the years I have become weary of reading photo books, as many rehash the same material. And as a former film SLR user with a solid understanding of exposure & basic techniques I wasn't sure how much this book would offer. To my surprise it has refreshed, and expanded on, what I've learned over the years and has helped re-kindle my interest in photography and in trying some of the creative techniques.

It gives a mix of gorgeous photos, the kind we non-professionals strive for, with lots of in-depth, how-to-do it techniques. The first chapter covers almost every shutter speed on your camera, explaining the best uses for each shutter speed and the drawbacks. It's not just for action shooters. It covers a wide variety of situations, such as landscapes, cathedral interiors, waterfalls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Wignall VINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
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Before I review this book, a quick disclaimer: I am the author of a number of photo books myself and Derek Doeffinger has edited several of them. While that might seem to bias this review to a degree, in fact, it's from knowing Derek and having him play such a pivotal role in my own books that I can attest to the depth and accuracy of his knowledge.

Doeffinger is, above all else, a natural teacher and a very enjoyable writer. You can pretty much open this book to any page and learn something about shutter speed that will improve your photography. You'll find yourself (as I have) reading this book for the sheer pleasure of being in the hands of a fun writer (something pretty rare in photo books) and looking at a lot of very creative photos.

Also, while the book is very thorough, it really presupposes no previous knowledge and so regardless of where you are on the exposure learning curve, the book won't bore you and it won't leave you more confused than when you started the book. One of the worst things a writer can do is try to show off their knowledge rather than share it; Doeffinger shares his experience freely and if you read almost any two pages of this book, I think you'll agree.

One of the things I like most about it is its somewhat unexpected organization. Rather than start out explaining the purely technical side of shutter speed and exposure, he begins by showing examples of many different shutter speeds in use. Using photo examples shot at shutter speeds ranging from 1/8000 second down to eight hours, his photos demonstrate why shutter speed is such a fundamental creative tool. You'll see, for example, how a shutter speed of 1/1000 second can stop a horse going over a jump while a speed of 1/8 second can completely blur a carnival ride in motion.
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