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Briefly noted: these are not hardware tips (like what memory card to buy), these are photographic ideas that will help you stretch your technique and help you create the photos you can see in your mind's eye.Top Ten Tips on Light and Exposure
| 1. Choose a wide-open aperture for low depth of field. |
Using aperture-preferred metering or manual exposure control, choose a wide-open aperture such as f/4.0. The resulting low depth of field, possibly combined with motion blur, will create a pleasing effect. (Pages 50-55.)
|2. Use a slow shutter speed to blur the motion of water. |
Fast shutter speeds capture moving water crisply, and slow shutter speeds show water in motion as a blur. To create a very pleasing diffuse blur effect with quickly moving water, try a very long exposure time, for example, about three minutes. (Pages 92-94.)
|3. Boost the IS0 to use noise creatively. |
|4. Don't worry about white balance. |
|5. Use a light box and overexposure to create a transparent effect. |
|6. To get your exposure right at night, try a test exposure at a high ISO. |
|7. Create a studio of your own. |
|8. Use the RAW data in a photo to extend the dynamic range of your images. |
|9. Transform your photos to black and white using color information in the photo. |
|10. Get your camera off automatic. |
When you use auto exposure, you are letting your camera make the important decisions about the exposure of your photos. Take back control! Getting your camera off automatic means learning to really understand exposures. Furthermore, once you know how to set manual exposures you may find that your exposure settings are better and more creative than those the camera would have picked. By using manual exposure, you'll also find out when it is appropriate to use an automatic or semi-automatic exposure mode.
Harold Davis is an author, photographer, and expert technologist. Harold's photographs have been widely published, exhibited, and collected. Many of Harold's fine art photography posters are well known, including some recent alternatively processed digital flower images published by New York Graphic Society.
Harold is the author of more than twenty books, and has written (and illustrated with his photographs) Digital Photography: Digital Field Guide (Wiley), The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite and the High Sierra (Countrymen/W.W.Norton), 100 Views of the Golden Gate (Wilderness Press). He is the lead author of a new series of books about digital photography from O'Reilly Digital Media. In addition, Harold has three popular websites (www.digitalfieldguide.com), (www.photoblog2.com), and (www.digitalnight.us) and blogs regularly for O'Reilly Media, Inc.
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I had seen Davis' videos on youTube, and was very impressed by him. I bought a couple of his books initially, and then several others so that I now have 9 of them. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by bearsfolks
A must have for any photographer's library. Explains in simple perms one of the most difficult fields of photography. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Jack H. Tasoff
This book is a treasure. As a novice photographer I first found this at the library, and I knew I had to have a copy for my own. The author keeps it fun and simple. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by JAYRON
I am a hobbyist photographer who took one class in high school,two classes in college, read Popular Photography for years, and have taken photos sporadically over the years. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by shaw evans
Practical Artistry for Digital Photographers is a good primer on the basics of exposure. Not neccessarily digital capture specific; which i was hoping for. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by Kathy Anderson
This book has lots of good information on taking great pictures and well as many photos to show what the author means.Published on March 23, 2010 by Teri Toelcke
Perhaps one of the best statements of the book is found in the author's introduction: "In recent years, the art and craft of photography has changed beyond recognition. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Jeremy Hall
A great book, especially for the beginner. It gives a good set of examples of situations and solutions. It is a lot of help and well written.Published on October 15, 2009 by Howard Barron