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Exposure Photo Workshop: Develop Your Digital Photography Talent [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Wignall
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Book Description

Named One of Shutterbug Magazines Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008!

Capturing an image and getting the right exposure is critical and Jeff Wignall recognizes exposure as the secret for creating an image that captures a vision and shares it with the world. When you apply his techniques with patience, experimentation, and a focus on the outcome, you will begin creating images that reveal not only what you saw, but how you felt when you saw it. In fact according to Shutterbug magazine Exposure Photo Workshop “may be the best book yet written about exposure.” By learning to work with natural light as well as when to use flash you will confidently capture action, night scenes, rainbows, sunsets, and reflections like never before. With stunning images, Jeff Wignall shows you how to perfectly expose pictures in even the most challenging existing light conditions, including poor weather, using a flash, and even a section guiding you through using multiple wireless flash units.

Wignall starts by explaining the fundamentals of exposure and why it’s important. This leads into learning the basics of exposure controls. By the end of chapter 2, you will know how to control the exposure on your point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Chapter 3 walks readers through measuring light using just about any light meter and Chapter 4 delves into lens apertures and depth of field. The focus moves to shutter speed and subject motion. After Chapter 6, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to turn off your camera’s automatic settings and take manual control. Wignall then examines natural light exposures, discussing the intricacies of light quality, light direction, and time of day. As you approach more advanced exposure options, you’ll need the troubleshooting advice provided in Chapter 8, covering difficult situations such as metering challenges, handling contrast, and creating dramatic silhouettes. With more advanced techniques mastered, you can then approach night and low-light conditions and then examine special considerations such as the weather and natural phenomena. The book finishes strong with a comprehensive look at all things flash photography.

Editorial Reviews


This is another volume in Wiley’s Photo Workshop series and is the best of the bunch and may be the best book yet written about exposure. Nothing is more critical in capturing the image than getting the exposure right and Jeff Wignall has the photographic and writing chops to show readers how to capture perfectly exposed photographs. In these well-illustrated pages, he shows you how to deal with difficult existing light conditions, challenging weather, and even flash, including a section on using wireless multiple flash units that explains and never confuses. Each chapter ends with an assignment and you can upload your own images to a website to get input from others about how well you succeeded. It doesn’t get more interactive than that! (

From the Back Cover

Capture The Scene That Captured You

Exposure can be the nemesis of professional and hobbyist photographers alike. But Jeff Wignall recognizes exposure as the secret for creating an image that captures his vision and shares it with the world. Apply his techniques with patience, experimentation, and a focus on the outcome, and you will begin creating images that reveal not only what you saw, but how you felt when you saw it.

  • Discover light meters and learn how to use them and when to fool them

  • Master the critical elements of exposure—ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and white balance

  • Explore the creative power of depth of field

  • Capture action, night scenes, rainbows, sunsets, and reflections like never before

  • Learn to work with natural light and when to use flash

Product Details

  • File Size: 14499 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally useful book April 19, 2008
I've read many books on photography, but i must say this is the one book that explains exposure extremely well. The writing is very accessible and all the explanations are illustrated with actual photos. Photos in the book not only include the perfunctory exposure data, but the author uses the caption to reiterate what he explains in the book. Furthermore, I like how the author includes not only photos that came out well for him, but he also includes ones that didn't come out well and explains what he would have done deferent.

Even though I've been a professional photography for a little over three years, I'm constantly learning and deepening my understanding of the craft. This book will be one that I come back to again and again. I just might get another copy and re-read it again next year.

All I can say is that if you're really wanting to understand how to work with various lighting conditions in relationship to aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance controls, and flash, this book will help you. Assignments are included at the end of each chapter, and each page includes space to jot notes. Though technical language is used, the author does a good job of breaking down complicated terms.

I can't recommend this book enough for serious amateurs and emerging professional photographers.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First impressions March 15, 2008
By Hondo
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What a great book! Accessible and useful for beginning photographers or those who want to go beyond the programmed modes and take control of their photographs. Profusely illustrated with all sorts of great photos that are (mostly) the sort that anyone can take, not the type that most people will only sigh at because they cannot travel to exotic places and spend a fortune on equipment. All manner of useful tips and diagrams are here. For example: for those confused about aperture and what it means the author provides not just the numbers but scale diagrams making it clear what they represent physically-- a very nice touch. Just about everything I could think of made it into the book. Easily a 5-star recommendation. This is my 3rd book on exposure and I think this one is the best. I'll update this with a detailed review when I'm finished.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!!! March 24, 2008
By Ted
After just having bought the Nikon D300 (after a life using point-and-shoot cameras), I wanted a good overview and introduction into exposure. Wow, did this book deliver! I finished the entire book in a few days and bookmarked the parts I want to return to. Everything about the book from the organization, the pictures and examples is a testament to the author's knowledge and to his ability to teach! I can only hope the other books in the series are as good as this one!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Successful Last Resort September 9, 2010
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I'm long past due for the review of this book, especially considering that it's responsible for my continuing interest in photography. Had I not stumbled upon Jeff Wignall's book, I would have given up for the last time.

I studied film, slr's, web sites, photography forums and the most "popular" authors, and came to the conclusion that I must be too dense to ever be more than a point and shoot snapshot guy. Then as a last resort, I noticed a review of this book that seemed to indicate that this might help.

A few days later, and 4 chapters in, I could duplicate/imitate any shot in this book with a Panasonic FZ28 with no problem. Suddenly, everything made sense. Now I know what "they" are talking about. It may well be that Wignall's approach is much better suited to the point and shoot, and easier to relate to, but it has to apply better to a dslr also. Simple, straightforward, no trips to foreign lands and exotic locations. Just go into your backyard or down the dirt road, frame the subject, adjust exposure, set white balance and shoot. Like learning to ride a bicycle for the first time. Pedal, balance and steer. He'll give you a push, you can do it.

It's hard to explain or believe the difference this book has made in my photos and my understanding of how to take them, but without a doubt, Jeff Wignall and the Exposure Photo Workshop are responsible. If you "want" to learn, you "will". I finally did.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A difficult subject...beautifully explained! December 11, 2008
"Exposure Photo Workshop" is a WONDERFUL reference book to have available when you're determining how to handle any shooting situation. Exposure settings have always been hit and miss with me. Sometimes I will take the easy route of shooting in the Automatic mode, but it's more satisfying to be able to have more creative control over the results - and actually know what you're doing!

This book has numerous color photos with an explanation of the approach used leading up to each. The description of the final settings used accompanies each photo, i.e. - lens, shutter speed, f-stop, ISO and whether handheld or tripod. I found myself looking at each photo and trying to guess the settings used before I actually read them. I learned a lot from this and improved in my guessing as I progressed through the book!

In keeping with the "workshop" portion of the title, "Assignments" are located throughout this book to give you practice on what you've read. There is also a website you can access to share your photos with others and share comments.

It's safe to say I will be revisiting this book quite often.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I look for something that will help me make better exposures. This...
I have read several books on exposure, and as an experienced photographer (over 40 years) who goes back to the film days, I look for something that will help me make better... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Well written in a friendly way
Excellent! Well written in a friendly way.
Published 1 month ago by J. Aitken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice book
Published 8 months ago by Peythone
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of a unique series
Wiley's Photo Workshop series has earned shelf space in my library. The titles are all succinct and descriptive. Exposure; it says EVERYTHING, to quote James L Jackson. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SeniorGeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for exposure
Great book to learn more about exposure, explaining in terms that you can easily understand & use to increase your photography skills. Definitely recommend to others.
Published 12 months ago by Erynn Bauer
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Exposure learning tool ever.
I have read a number of books and publications on exposure topics and this is the bible. My photography has leaped ahead. Read edition 1 twice and 2nd ed twice as well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rob goldman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book you where looking for!
Great book and worth twice it's cost. Want to learn exposure in a fun way? Just click buy now an you will not regret it!
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newbies!
I got this book because I was curious on how this writer would explain exposure. Again speaking for myself, the book was good for me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Leni
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It is above and beyond what I expected; detailed and well written. I would highly recommend this book for all photographers.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Newer, 2011 edition available
Bought this and then returned it when I realized 2011 edition is available on Amazon. It showed me this one first due to higher ratings (or whatever). Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by typo_kign
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More About the Author

I am a photographer and writer and the author of many photography books and I'm lucky enough to have more than a million books in print. Probably the best known of the books I've written are the Joy of Photography and the Joy of Digital Photography. There is little that I love more than to travel and take pictures and I love to teach photography through my books. My father was a photographer and so I grew up in a house filled with cameras and books filled with great photography--it probably would have been difficult to not become a photographer. I credit my grammar school teachers with teaching me how to write a clear sentence and my high school typing teacher with giving me one of the greatest skills a writer can have: fast fingers. I live in Connecticut and, in winter, often work in a basement laboratory trying to find a solution to Global Colding.

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