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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817463011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817463014
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Peterson, a professional photographer, is the author of Understanding Exposure, Beyond Portraiture, Learning to See Creatively, and Understanding Digital Photography. A well-known instructor, he is the founder of the online school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). He lives in Chicago.

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Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and founder of www.PPSOP.com, The Perfect PIcture School of Photography. He is also the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively,Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture, and, most recently, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. His easy-to-understand writing and teaching style breaks down the complex and often confusing aspects of photography, translating them into what his students routinely describe as "aha" moments. In addition, he has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years, shooting annual reports for many Fortune 500 companies, and his trademark use of color and strong, graphic composition have garnered him many photographic awards, including the New York Art Director's Gold Award and honors from Communication Arts and Print magazine. He currently splits his time between Chicago and France.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for any beginner photographer!
M. Warriner
If you want to learn to take all those action filled shots that you thought only professionals can do, buy this book and discover that you can do it yourself!
Patricia M. Syquia
As with all of Bryan's books it is easy to read and understand.
K. Rosin

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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Stoller Jr. on July 7, 2008
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I first bought "Understanding Exposure" from this same author, and felt it was one of the best books I have ever read re: photography. A manual of sorts I still keep nearby. This edition focuses on the sub-point of shutter speed as it relates to exposure.

The Good:
Great color photography with good examples of how varying shutter speeds will affect an image. There are a number of tricks -- like you can shoot action coming directly at you at 1/250, but need 1/500 for lateral or vertical movement.

The Bad:
I felt the book had a lot more fluff than the author's other effort. Some of the images were re-used -- or at least came from the same shoot -- and it had a lot more creative examples which I personally didn't like. It was outside the box a bit in terms of how to use shutter speeds, my complaint is that the results, even if intended, were not desirable.

Overall:
I liked this book, and glad I have it as a supplement to my growing photo library; but, I would not buy this before having his other edition. Shop price on this. I wouldn't overpay. I would give this 3 1/2 stars if Amazon allowed it.
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91 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2008
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I've seen photography books on many subjects but this is the first one I've ever seen that claimed to limit itself to an understanding of shutter speed. How could I resist?

Bryan Peterson is the author of "Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition)", a very popular book with photographers just getting into using cameras that allow them to adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO for a proper exposure. This book might well have been entitled "More Understanding Exposure".

The book, which reads quickly and clearly, offers chapters covering the range of shutter speeds from 1/2000 of a second to several seconds and shows you when their use is appropriate. Peterson shows the reader how the use of different shutter speeds may be appropriate for the same subject, as when photographing action one might use a fast shutter speed to stop the action dead or a slow shutter speed to achieve deliberate blurs. Along the way, he scatters tips some of which are directly related to shutter speed, like shooting into the light in the rain at 1/60 of a second to get the best rain trails, and some only indirectly related, like using a Bogen Magic Arm attached to a broom to get a broom's eye view of sweeping. Occasionally the pictures offered in illustration are extremely striking, like the image of a cat making its way down a flight of purple stairs, and sometimes quite banal, like the pictures of his daughter running toward the camera. The final chapter of the book, a summary of the rules of composition, seemed more like an add-on to make sure the author had a book's worth of pages.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Warriner on April 3, 2008
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I have read and used the material presented in all of Mr. Peterson's books and I have found them all to be extremely helpful in my quest to learn photography. "Understanding Shutter Speed" is yet another fine example of his excellent teaching abilities simplifying even the most complex topics so beginners like me are able to "understand". This book like his others is full of beautiful sample photographs vividly illustrating the subject he is discussing. I highly recommend this book for any beginner photographer!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BBbeans on October 5, 2009
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I had read a lot of good things about this guy's books, most notably "Understanding Exposure".

So I went to the local photography store and bought this book. It is alright for people that really don't understand shutter-speed, but it is a little light on serious photography information for people who have some understanding of shutter-speed already.

A lot of space is devoted to his pictures, a lot of which really aren't very good. There is a picture of his daughter skiing that really looks like a 4 year old took it. He is also fond of talking about how great his life as a pro-photographer is, which is a bit annoying.

You could write a brief summary of this book as follows:

Fast shutterspeeds (1/250 and up) will freeze action.

Slow shutterspeeds (1/30 and below) will make your pictures look artistic.

It isn't a terrible book but given the reputation this guy has on here I thought I would take a moment and write my first book review ever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By clee on May 3, 2009
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Decided to purchase Peterson's book based on my previous purchase of his "Understanding Exposure." Truly enjoyed reading and learning from the first book however was not able to gain too much from this current book. Please do not let me discount the material itself, I did find it interesting since Peterson does a fine job of communicating his thoughts into words however I did not take away the same amount that I gained from his book regarding Exposure. Nevertheless, it will serve as a book of reference when I need to look something up about "Speed."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Moore on July 12, 2008
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I read Bryan's first book, "Understanding Exposure" and thought it was one of the best photography books writtens. Therefore, when he came out with this one I didn't buy it because I didn't want to be disappointed with rehashes of photos I already saw or he just added a few points to concepts already covered in other books.

I was on a photo safari when someone told me how much they enjoyed the book. Therefore, I decided to buy it. I was pleasantly surprised to see how he took something as basic as "shutter speed" and successfully held my interest for the entire book.

Bryan categorizes the book based on the shutter speed. These range from the speeds that freeze action (1/1000, 1/500, 1/250), to the slower ones that emphasize motion.

The books value is in the use of the slower speeds. There is not much to learn about taking images at the faster speeds that freeze action.

I give credit because he didn't just provide a bunch of pictures of the cliche slow shutter images (i.e., waterfalls and people walking). Instead, he shows you how to allow the moving subjects to paint the picture. My favorites examples are the boats in the water and the fields of grass. In these examples, he shows the typical image taken a faster speeds. Next, he shows how slowing the shutter speed allows the objects to move slightly thus producing very interesting photos.

I've taken photos of flowers in the past. I used to get upset because I couldn't use a fast enough shutter speed when I increased my aperture for greater depth of focus without increasing my ISO. In retrospect, I could've used a slower shutter speed to emphasize the motion and create more colorful images. This only works if one dares to try something different.

In conclusion, Bryan does an excellent job of showing you how to creatively use what you already know.
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