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Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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.
The book, in short, provides a large number of "hints" and advice regarding the use of shutter speeds in many different situations. Most of these are known to advanced photographers but there are quite a few that are not. Many are quite unique and innovative. Hence the learning experience and value of this book to even this group of photographers. To these just about the beginner stage the advice would be far more valuable. This reviewer wishes it was available when he was first starting out.