Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

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With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, ...

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Overview

With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations. You’ll learn:

• Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it 
• Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone 
• Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity 
• How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion 
• Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk

With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817439392
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 35,960
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (www.ppsop.com). He lives in Chicago.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Very good book. Worth the money!

    Unlike so many other 'Photography' books out there Bryan does a good job of not only showing great looking pictures but also explaining how he got them and the logic behind the settings. He gets down to basics and helps to reinforce the stuff we already know but may have forgotten or are not applying. He also explains it in a way beginners can understand.

    I do wedding photography mostly with some landscape photography for fun and normally will leave my camera in 'P' mode to shoot RAW format. I have is a deep passion for the art and enjoy it greatly. The pictures I take are good and clients enjoy my work but in some settings the pictures are average in my opinion and I feel there could be more there. I am my worst critic so that can be good and bad at times but it makes me want more from the pictures I take so I continually look for different concepts for taking the same picture.

    After reading some of the concepts in this book and applying them to those select picture that I feel are average I am getting not just a good picture but a creatively good picture. I am able to apply the concepts in this book to change the focus of the subject or enhance the subject. As he explains in the book there are multiple combinations of settings to give you a technically correct picture but only one or two are creatively correct. These one or two are the ones that make the picture pop out at you when you look at it.

    I have started to apply some of the more creative settings to my wedding photography but this can be hard where you are on a tight time schedule and don't want to take up too much of a clients time as they really just want to go and party! These picture though are the ones they love the most so it is worth the effort.

    I highly recommend this book to beginners who want to learn the basics and seasoned professionals looking for a refresher or a different perspective on taking pictures. It is always good to see a scene from a different point of view and even better when the photographer explains the concepts and thought behind them as Bryan does in this book.

    Mike Benz
    M & M Photography
    Buffalo, NY

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Don't buy electronic version

    The photos in the actual book are incredible and essential. The book is very helpful for anyone who has just got a DSLR or an advanced point and shoot camera.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Great book on exposure and your DLSR

    Great book to learn how to use your DLSR to get great photos. I have read it 4 times and get something out of it every time. I had the paper back ver and bought the Nook ver so I would always have it with me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This book taught me how to shoot in manual mode. I had just bought my first DSLR and had no idea how to shoot in anything but Auto. I read this cover to cover and now I'm enjoying my camera! I learned about iso, f-stop and shutter speed, and I understand where to meter in different settings. There are plenty of new things to try, and settings and shutter speeds to explore as the book gives a variety of pictures that look like fun to try. I know I'll continue to use this book as a reference for a long time to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 9, 2013

    Snow and co

    Snow padded in. She turned and waited for Icepaw. • Ice slowly trudged in. She sat down as far from Snow as she dared. • Snow glared. "I don't know why you had to show up now. But if you're to stay, you may stay under three conditions. 1. You have to stay away from me. 2. You may not kill. At all. And, 3. You must find yourself a mentor who is not me. You must explain everything to your mentor." She paused. "If you fail do comply by these conditions, you must go. Understand?" • Ice trembled. "Yes." • "Then be gone. I don't want to see you anymore." Snow padded away. • Ice padded in the opposite direction.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    A+++++

    I must admit, I haven't finished the book yet. About 1/4 into it! But so far it's easy to read & understand. I am learning A LOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Hey PLEASE READ

    I WANNA BE YOUR NOOK FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted May 2, 2012

    HELLO PLSE READ

    Anyone want to be my nook friend?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    A good starting point for new photographers

    Thie exelent book is a good starting point for new photographers. It gives you some of the knowledge you will need to make your images better when just pointing and shooting doesnt work. You may also want to find a book on compesition and another on lighting. I wish I had read this book sooner.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Excellent resource

    Wow! Great book to learn how to use an SLR camera! Easy to read...easy to understand...highly enjoyble!

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