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

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by Michael Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0240811712

ISBN-13: 9780240811710

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of 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


    • Light on the sensor
    • Exposure terms
    • Exposure and noise
    • New exposure strategy for high ISO
    • Sensor dynamic range
    • Highlight clipping and roll-off
    • Camera performance
    • Dynamic range: scene vs. camera
    • The exposure triangle updated
    • Contrast, high and low
    • Metering modes—basic and weighted
    • Metering modes—smart and predictive
    • Metering adjustments
    • Objectively correct
    • Handheld meters and gray cards
    • Key tones, key concept
    • Scene priorities
    • Exposure and color
    • Exposing for color
    • Bracketing

Chapter 3: The Twelve


    • First group (the range fits)
    • 1 Range fits—average
    • 2 Range fits—overall bright
    • 3 Range fits—overall dark
    • Second group (range easily fits)
    • 4 Range easily fits—average
    • 5 Range easily fits—overall bright
    • 6 Range easily fits—overall dark
    • Third group (out of range)
    • 7 Out of range—overall high contrast
    • 8 Out of range—large bright against dark
    • 9 Out of range—small bright against dark
    • 10 Out of range—edge-lit
    • 11 Out of range—large dark against bright
    • 12 Out of range—small dark against bright

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

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Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure: The Professional's Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Jeff10ct1 More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous reviews that there is a lot of good information in the book, but I do not agree that this is good for beginners - unless you're persuing photography in college. I have never been a fan of Freeman's style - it is very technical and dry. The beginning of the book is definitely full of good information, but I found myself wishing for the end of the book. So, if you don't mind a very dry technical style, then you will most likely love this book; however, if you are not a fan of very technical manuals, then this will most likely not appeal to you.
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well done for photo non beginners. When you get to the advanced photographer
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Scott_TX More than 1 year ago
I found this book extremely helpful as an amateur looking to better understand how to get good exposure. It gave good insight into the author's thought process for getting good exposures across the range of situations you may/will encounter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent photography book. It's quite involved so may not appeal to the casual photographer but defintely worthwhile for the serious photographer. After reading I have to admit that I thought I knew what correct exposure was but was way off the mark. I now have a much more detailed and richer understanding of what exposure means and it's had a direct impact on my photographs in subtle ways I wouldn't have appreciated before. Superbly illustrated with Michael's own photographs adds to the appeal of the book. This will be a book I will return to many times in the future.
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