- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470453621
- ISBN-13: 978-0470453629
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Shutter Speed: Master the Art of Motion Capture 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Learn to unleash the power of every shutter speed
Shutter speed is an integral part of exposure. Learn to use it creatively, and you unlock the magic that transforms an ordinary subject into a work of art. From the blazing 1/8000 second that captures each feather in a hummingbird's wing to the lazy half-second that turns a fireworks display into a color-rich patchwork, shutter speed allows you to freeze time. Derek Doeffinger teaches you to harness the power that separates the amateur from the professional.
- Unleash the power of shutter speed from 1/8000 second to 8 hours
Learn creative techniques to transform your photos
Discover how to achieve different effects with various aperture/shutter speed combinations
Determine the effect of weather and lighting conditions
Use filters, lenses, tripods, and other tools to manipulate shutter speed
Explore stop-action and creative blur techniques
See how to reinforce your creative vision using Photoshop
View what you can achieve in stunning full-color examples
About the Author
Derek Doeffinger, a former writer/photographer for Kodak, has been writing about digital photography since the first dSLR was introduced over 15 years ago. He is the author or co-author of ten how-to photography books and three scenic photo books: Waterfalls and Gorges of the Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Splendor, and Waterfalls of the Adirondacks and Catskills.
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Such contents are still not bad, because novice photographers would appreciate the information. Unfortunately the book suffers from more serious drawbacks. With all due respect, the author spends a lot of text (one chapter is dedicated to this) on how he took each picture and gives readers information on the shutter speed and f-stop, but for some reason, he always leaves out the ISO settings. Also, the author seems to have a fetish about blurs. About a quarter to a third of all pictures in the book are blurred, either from panning or from camera shake. Maybe that is what he means by "creative" and thinks that these photos are "artistic", but given the large quantity of them in a book that is supposed to be for beginners, they just look more "gimmicky". Maybe it is just my personal taste because I prefer razor sharp photos.
[Added: okay, so the author actually gives his reason for picking blurred photos because after seeing so many razor sharp images, he grew tired of them and wanted to show something fresh. For a pro this may very well be the case, but I believe he forgot the fact that the book was written for beginners]
In summary, the only worthy part of the book is the first chapter. If you are completely new to photography and are looking for a starter's book, the ones from National Geographic or Kodak are much better.
I'm a SLR refugee from the 1960s, washed up on the digital shore, longingly thinking about how I need some new, simple ideas to rekindle my love affair with photography before I'm afraid to even think digital can't be for me. I want to fall in love with the experimenting I loved just out of college, in those psychedelic days, when my thinking was, anything could be a cool picture and my camera went everywhere with me like a reason to stare with a smile. Soon after starting Shutter Speed, I knew I had become bored with an interest I really hadn't understood as well as I thought. I knew about how to freeze the action of some object and put some "interesting blur" on speedy things, but it never occurred to me why my camera had so many shutter speeds. I had a ten-speed bike and, like my bike, I just skipped many of the gears dimly aware each might actually have a specific application. The shutter speed control never interested me much beyond, "OK. I think I know about that." I never really was creative with it at all. The piece,"Evaluating pictures as you take them," suddenly snapped me into the twenty first century. Derek continually, gently and with wry humor at times, reminds us about the great versatility of the equipment we have, and in my case, never thought about in terms of creativity literally instantly available and never used. I was looking out of my camera too much and not looking at my camera with understanding enough. It was always about the right image, not about working some simple adjustments to create art from any image. This is just what I needed and I expect a new generation of digital aficionados will concur.
Creative Shutter speed is the yellow brick road to follow to get me to the destination of happy romance with my camera. I am assured over and over again I do not travel alone and can take heart because I don't even need a highly evolved brain if I listen to Derek and laugh along with his coaching. I even thought that I could come away from this experience with some work that people would enjoy as well as personally learn much more about the camera I thought I knew and had grown bored with. This is a complete, detailed, precise step-by-step narration, including historical asides that have left me feeling a level of professional preparation I've not run into in a single book. The helpful glossary actually assisted me in understanding some of the necessary terms that are used. Like a carefully orchestrated stop action photo, each component of this shutter speed artistry is sharp, clear and you can't wait to get into motion with that camera. Yeah, I've made some exciting pictures and I'm in love.
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