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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera Paperback – August 10, 2010
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About the Author
BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). He lives in Chicago.
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One reservation - Peterson avoids explaining how a camera works (for example, what an aperture really is, or depth of field works). This makes some of the book feel convoluted, but this is a small thing.
Turns out, there is probably a dozen ways to take the same "properly exposed" photo, by varying ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Which is the right one? Well, that's for you to decide, and that's what this book is about.
The author does a great job of explaining all the complex machinery in simple terms. The book covers aperture, shutter speed, how to adjust your shooting in different light situations (backlight, sidelight, front light, etc.), and more. There is minimal technical jargon and lots of examples and illustrations to help you follow along -- this combination is what makes the book work because you can see what effect the author is describing.
In short, a great investment for any photographer. Shooting in manual is like driving a manual car: challenging at first, but once you get a hang of it, it's hard to let go of the control and the satisfaction.
p.s. yes, the book is very much focused on "getting it right in the camera", but even if you always shoot in raw, there are still plenty of great tips here for how to think about light, composition, and the effect that you're after.
I did however feel like I should write a short review on this book.
I have bought many books on photography and I have never enjoyed one more than this book. Bryan is straight forward and very to the point. I have been enlightened by this book and understand now what were/are confusing areas of photography for me and I believe many more of you.
It is easy to read and understand and has more examples created just for the subject than any I've read. Many before and after shots of the exact same subject which illustrate his point.
You won't regret this purchase, I sure didn't.
I'm pretty frustrated with the quality of the site but I still love the book itself.
- AMAZING book. I knew next to nothing about photography before someone recommended this book to me. I just finished it today and I now feel like I have a really strong grasp of the fundamentals. I plan to read it again now that I have the basic idea to see if I can absorb even more.
used many of the principles with my Nikon D3200. but the author explains well about all brands and how to use them.