Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure: The Professional's Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs

Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure: The Professional's Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs

by Michael Freeman
     
 

Clear, direct and guaranteed, the perfect exposure method looks at the way professionals work, and lays out the decisions and sequences with absolute clarity, while incorporating the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Chosing the exposure for a photograph is infinitely complex and one of photography's most absorbing paradoxes because it affects everything

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Clear, direct and guaranteed, the perfect exposure method looks at the way professionals work, and lays out the decisions and sequences with absolute clarity, while incorporating the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Chosing the exposure for a photograph is infinitely complex and one of photography's most absorbing paradoxes because it affects everything in the image and its effect on the viewer. Understanding how and why exposure works is essential, not only because it helps you to decide what is instinctively "right," but this book will give you confidence in that decision—an invaluable skill for every single photographer. Full of beautiful photographs taken by Michael Freeman, this book will arm you with the tools you need for perfect exposure of your photographs.

Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240811710
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
720,811
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Chapter 1: fast-track and foolproof
The basic method
The key decisions
Decision flow
Think brightness, exposure
Case study 1
Case study 2
Case study 3

Chapter 2: Technical Basics
Light on the sensor
Exposure terms
Exposure and noise
Sensor dynamic range
Highlight clipping and roll-off
Camera performance
Scene dynamic range
Contrast, high and low
Metering modes-basic and weighted
Metering modes-smart and predictive
Metering adjustments
Objectively correct
Handheld meter
Gray card
Key tones, key concept
Scene priorities
Exposure and color
Exposing for color
Bracketing

Chapter 3: The Twelve
First group (the range fits)
* Range fits-average key tones average
* Range fits-bright key tones bright
* Range fits-dark key tones bright
Second group (low range)
* Low-average average
* Low-bright bright
* Low-dark dark
Third group (high range)
* High-key average key tones average

Chapter 4: Style
Mood, not information
Personalized exposure
Memory tones
Envision
The zone system
What zones mean
Zone thinking
Exposing for black-and-white
High key
Light and bright
Flare
Highlight glow
Low key
In praise of shadows
Deep shadow choices
Another kind of low key
Silhouette
Irrelevant highlights and shadows
Brightness and attention

Chapter 5: post-processing
Choosing exposure later
Exposure, brightness, and lightness
Selective exposure
Post exposure control
HDR imaging
Exposure blending
Blending by hand

Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

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