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

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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: 3/31/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 681,741
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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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 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

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
The zone system
What zones mean
Zone thinking
Exposing for black-and-white
High key
Light and bright
Highlight glow
Low key
In praise of shadows
Deep shadow choices
Another kind of low key
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


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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Good Information, Tough Read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    well together book

    well done for photo non beginners. When you get to the advanced photographer

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    Great book for beginners / amateurs

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

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    Excellent guide to exposure

    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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