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Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively and writes a photography column "Picture Points," for Popular Photography Magazine. His many photographic awards include the Communication Arts Photography Annual (eight times), Print Magazine's Design Annual (four times), and the New York Art Directors Gold Award. He lives in Seattle and Lyon, France.
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It covers all the basics, and explains them in a way anyone can understand. The author is very good at speaking to film users, digital SLR, and even point and shoot users at the same time. Even though this book doesn't have an attention grabbing title like "How to take amazing pictures!" or "999 Photo tips to make you rich!!", now you know why they say you can't judge a book by its cover.
Get this book and you'll pretty much have almost everything you need. Once you decide to get into a specialty area of photography (macro, landscape, portraits), you can get a more specific book, but for beginners, and even amateurs who kind of know what they are doing but could use some guidance - this is the one to get. You will not be disappointed.
Exposure is a concern for both film and digital cameras alike. A chapter titled "Film vs. Digital" helps to explain some of the differences. There are many inspiring color images showing both how your camera's metering is fooled, and the methods of correcting the exposure. Topics include filter options and exposing for low light, backlit, overcast weather and motion photography.
After reading "Understanding Exposure" from cover to cover I can say without doubt reading this book changed the way I comprehend exposure. Bryan Peterson has a simple and clear method of explaining exposure. I didn't really learn as much as I gained a deeper understanding and a fresh perspective of the subject. I also learned a few tricks along the way.
If you have mastered the subject, this book is not for you. However, if you are a beginner with no understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together, get this easy to understand book. If you already have a basic understanding, this book will help fill in the missing pieces.