on July 26, 2015
The topic of this book is one that should really be tackled by those who are already well beyond the beginner stage as photographers. The photo topics are really challenging, even for those well beyond the beginner stage. Yet the book is written from the perspective of the beginner. There are basic chapters, for example, on ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, etc. Simultaneously, there are comments and discussions that only a photographer well beyond the beginner would appreciate or understand. For example, the author comments that black and white may be better than color for high ISO shots because in B&W the higher noise from using high ISO may be less noticeable. The author also comments that in high ISO and long exposure shots the use of film, as opposed to digital media, may be preferable because the resulting “noise” in film tends to be consistent throughout the photograph (i.e., in the form of grain) while in digital media “noise” much more likely may take on the form of “artifacts” that usually stick out more and are extremely heterogeneous in terms of their locations in the photograph. These observations are very useful, as are many similar ones throughout the book, but the question is how much would a beginner understand or appreciate them relative to someone who is over and beyond this level? Is this not a topic that should instead, as a result, be more geared to the intermediate to serious photographer? This is the weakness of the book.
Not really a tutorial type of book, more to inspire the imagination, but that's fine. Some good ideas probably more valuable to the intermediate photographer looking to try something new. There are some good tips sprinkled throughout of value to anyone. I hope this doesn't come off as a negative review, because its not, in fact I would purchase it again and recommend it to anyone looking to try something new and exotic.
on December 27, 2011
While this book covers a lot of photography basics, I have found lots of useful and interesting information nuggets sprinkled through the text. There are a lot of good ideas about ways to create different styles of photos using techniques that, for most people, are outside the box. Well written, excellent photos, up to date information.
on April 26, 2011
I bought this on a whim and it has been enjoyable to look through. Mostly just a collection of interesting photos, most with interesting exposures. Some were rather boring and really rather plain, but other examples are technically very nice. Not much in the way of explanations but gives enough info to inspire and lead you in the right direction.
on November 24, 2010
One of the most important aspects of taking great photos is, of course, exposure. (Many would argue that it's the most important thing.) For those who understand the basics, a next great step is "Extreme Exposure" by David Nightingale from Amphoto Books. Nightingale's examples are indeed extreme as he shows you how to create photos that defy the naked eye. Working with time exposures, the use of ultra long and short shutter speeds and both ultra wide and small apertures, show the user how to obtain the virtually impossible shots in low light or those that require an extreme dynamic range. The results will amaze the average user.