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Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer (Voices That Matter) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Clark
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Book Description

Photographer Michael Clark provides an inside look at the reality of working in extreme conditions to capture and process his breath-taking images. He offers start-to-finish details of some of his most demanding assignmentsrock climbing, big wave surfing, sky diving, and mountain bikingsharing his personal shooting expertise, on-the-fly problem solving skills, and photography post-processing techniques in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop (including Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6).

This gorgeous guide for intermediate to advanced DSLR shooters is packed with practical tips, detailed lighting setups, and behind-the-scenes stories from a variety of Clark’s most challenging adventure photography assignments. With an engaging writing style and cliffhanger details, the author allows you to tag along with him to improve your skills and find inspiration to create images instead of just taking them. He also covers the important business aspects of working as a professional shooter.

A DVD-ROM with 149-minutes of video shows the author’s post-processing workflow using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 for 16 of the images featured in the book. He also includes a how-to primer on these software programs, as well as provides a primer on color management. Clark’s valuable insights and tips will guide professional and aspiring photographers interested in turning their passion into a profession as well as amateur photographers looking to improve their skills.

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About the Author

Michael Clark is an internationally published photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, surfers, and mountain bikers pushing their abilities to the limit in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, and dramatic lighting to capture fleeting moments of passion and bravado in the outdoors. Balancing extreme action with subtle details, striking portraits and wild landscapes, Michael creates images for the editorial, advertising, and stock photography markets worldwide. His clients include Apple, Nike, Nikon, Red Bull, and Adobe. See his work and read his popular blog at

Product Details

  • File Size: 9189 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6KGYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't prepared for how good this book would be. It is, IMHO, a whole lot stronger than "Digital Masters: Adventure Photography: Capturing the World of Outdoor Sports (A Lark Photography Book)" which was the previous book by Michael Clark that I had read and liked (and reviewed here on Amazon).

Exposed is really three books in one. It is a book about the reality and business of becoming and working as a professional photographer with an emphasis on adventure photography. It is also a book on the techniques of adventure photography and lastly it is a book about post-processing. In addition, there is about 2.5 hours of video included on the accompanying DVD that shows you how Michael processed many of the images in the book in Lightroom and Photoshop. Exposed is strong in all of these areas (or as good as a book of only 288 pages could be). It is also well written in a very engaging style.

There are many photographers who write books aimed at other photographers. Some of these produce books that are good enough to inspire readers of their previous books to place pre-order's for their newest one even without seeing it first (as long as the topic of their newest book interests them). The current photographer/author that best comes to mind that fits this category is Joe McNally. Many people such as myself will enthusiastically pre-order a new book by him as long as the topic interests them. With Exposed, Michael Clark has entered this category for me. If the topic of his next book interests me then I will probably pre-order it based upon my experience with Exposed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I recently had the pleasure of reading this book. It was very unique in that it wasn't just a How-To photography techniques book. In fact the photo tips were really a side line to the positively fascinating stories of Michael's adventures as an action sports photographer. Have you ever looked at ridiculous adrenaline sports action shots and wondered how on earth they were photographed? Well, this book explains just that. If you have an interest in both photography and adventure sports, you will love this book. In fact, my husband (who is not a photographer) insisted that I read most of the book out loud because he was so interested in the adventure sports stories. These stories weren't just what equipment was used and how the lights were set up (although all of this information is also included at the end of each story) but Michael takes the time to really set the scene. And some of the scenes were nothing short of amazing.

Take for instance his coverage of the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race. This just happens to be the toughest race in the world, with only the most elite athletes participating. You can't even imagine what the photographers go through! As if getting the perfect shots isn't enough work, the amount of physical hardship that Michael had to endure was just unreal.

Each story explains the extreme conditions and how he managed to work within those conditions. From catching the monster waves during surfing competitions and creatively shooting Red Bull's base jumping, to only being given 2 minutes and 10 total shots to shoot a pro golfer, Michael explains what it's like to work under the extreme pressure of high paying and high profile clients.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a reprint September 17, 2012
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I was really prepared to embrace this book as I admire the effort Michael Clark puts into his photography, He's no couch potato. But unfortunately Clark, or to be more exact, his editors, must believe everyone has 20-10 vision based on the graphics of Lightroom in the book. They are unreadable.They are dark and the detail is miniscule, at least to my less than perfect eyes. The Photoshop graphics are better since they are lighter but still small. Clark's editors should be apprenticed to Martin Evening's editors immediately. While the explanations of doing the shoot are fascinating, the post production discussion leaves me reaching for some other books. They (i.e. Kelby, Aaland, Evening) at least use callouts to supplement their Lightroom screen shots and make their adjustments viewer-friendly.

Fortunately Clark's book comes with a CD so all is not lost. However, when he changes a slider from 0 to -2 without explaining precisely why, I ask myself, "why bother?" I like Clark, he knows his post-production but I know I could never buy another of his books from the same publisher without visually inspecting it first to gauge its viewability.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read January 25, 2013
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Nice review of the life of a pro photographer. Made me want to become one! Interesting story and technical tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Choice August 1, 2012
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This book by Michael Clark is an excellent refresher for anyone who uses Lightroom and Photoshop. Clark makes everything easily understood when it comes to work flow and bringing out the best in your photographs. It's also a well written and interesting journal on how he sets up his shoots and he gives you lots of adventure at the same time. All in all this is an excellent choice and you will enjoy all the information and technique!
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Michael Clark is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images from remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and dramatic lighting to capture fleeting moments of passion, gusto, flair and bravado in the outdoors. A sampling of his clients include: Apple, Nikon, Adobe, Red Bull, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal and Outdoor Photographer. See more of Michael's work at


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