Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

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by Bryan Peterson
     
 

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More than 100 vivid, graphic comparison pictures illustrate every point in this revised classic and can help any photographer maximize the creative impact of his or her exposure decisions. Peterson stresses the importance of metering the subject for a starting exposure, and then explains how to use various exposure meters and different kinds of lighting. The book…  See more details below

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More than 100 vivid, graphic comparison pictures illustrate every point in this revised classic and can help any photographer maximize the creative impact of his or her exposure decisions. Peterson stresses the importance of metering the subject for a starting exposure, and then explains how to use various exposure meters and different kinds of lighting. The book contains lessons on each element of the exposure-aperature, shutter speed, iso-and how it relates to the other two in terms of depth of field, freezing and blurring action, and shooting in low light or at night. A section on special techniques explores such options as deliberate under- and overexposures, how to produce double exposures, bracketing, shooting the moon, and the use of filters. Understanding Exposure demonstrates that there are always creative choices about how to expose a picture-and that the decision is up to the photographer, not the camera.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817463007
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Peterson is the author of the best-selling Learning to See Creatively and writes a photography column "Picture Points," for Popular Photography Magazine. His many photographic awards include the Communication Arts Photography Annual (eight times), Print Magazine's Design Annual (four times), and the New York Art Directors Gold Award. He lives in Seattle and Lyon, France.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I started shooting photojournalistc style shots for weddings with a professional photographer, and I really had no experience with photography. So I was totally lost trying to get the right exposure. This book explained it all to me. I had no idea how the apurture, shutter speed, ISO, and light meter all related to each other and this book made it simple and easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i entered the world of dslr photography and felt a little overwhelmed by it all. this book by Bryan Peterson came highly recommended by many members of a photography forum. i was a bit skeptical at first about how a book could really help me out, but i was wonderfully surprised. this book is easy to understand, very thorough in its explanations, and full of beautiful photos to inspire. i would highly recommend this book for not only the newbies, but even for the more seasoned photographer who needs to refine some skills. wonderful
amateur More than 1 year ago
I am a beginner photographer and continually go back and re-read sections in this book. Even with today's technology, one really has to be aware of what the camera is metering and what adjustments you might have to make to have the picture turn out the way you intend. This is one of those books that everyone should read if they are interested in getting away from the auto modes and becoming more creative in their photography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book -- for the first time, I don't feel like I'm being talked down to, or that the writer assumes I am already a professional photographer. What I learned about exposure in the first 30 minutes of reading this book is more than I ever understood before in over 30 years of avid photography. The photograph illustrations and examples are very helpful, and numerous. This book is something any serious amateur photographer should have in his or her permanent library, and it would probably be good for the experts out there, too. It gave me great confidence and understanding, and has inspired me to get out and try some of the different techniques, which are really not "techniques" at all -- just understanding CORRECT exposure. Which, as he says, is what photography is about. Highly recommend.
Jeff10ct1 More than 1 year ago
I had read a couple of other books on digital photography, although they were not specific to "exposure", but have to say that this book goes above and beyond those others (but they were good in their own rights). Bryan Peterson does an unbelievable job explaining the difference between a "correct" exposure and an "artistically correct" exposure. He gives you examples of what not to do, in addition to how to correct the problems - and doesn't just put perfect picures in the book to say "look how good I am". He breaks the different parts of exposure down so that even the beginning photographer - whether you wish to be a pro or not - can understand the different aspects of exposure. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble understanding exposure or wants to be a better photographer. Very well done, Mr. Peterson!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have spent hundreds of dollars on photography books. If only I had known. This is the only book you'll ever need. Peterson brings everything together in a fun, easy-to-understand book that you'll read again and again. His knowledge of photography is outstanding. I'll never shoot in automatic mode again. Outstanding!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand.I have been photographing for all most 20 years, but have never taken it seriuosly until after I read this book. The easy to understand principles have increased the outcome of my photos by leaps and bounds.I've read it twice and continue to use it as a reference to draw from.Thank you Mr. Peterson for setting me free from the snapshot mode.
SwanlakeUM More than 1 year ago
The book takes time to explain photographic concepts such as exposure, aperture and shutter speed from the point of view of the absolute beginner, taking no amount of prior knowledge for granted. The painstakingly detailed explanations are a huge plus, but the many metaphors (bees, buckets and what-not) become superfluous after a time. Less repetition would be to the book's advantage. Otherwise a very well written, clear guide for beginners and re-starters. I enjoyed the little exercises suggested here and there, would've loved to see more of those. Another big plus: there are many absolutely gorgeous and inspiring images in the book that I enjoy going back and looking at every now and then.
rounding3rd More than 1 year ago
As a novice photographer, I found this book to be an excellent source for explaining and clarifying the challenges associated with exposure. Mr. Peterson provides numerous examples (situational and photographical) to demonstrate his determination of proper exposure. This book has answered many of the questions I could not find in numerous manuals or online searches. Absolutely recommend.
DanielN More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. It gives insights into exposure for digital and film cameras that are easy to understand for a beginner but not so basic that an intermediate level photographer wouldn't enjoy or use. I usually buy such books just to use as reference material but I found myself reading this book page by page. I would definitely recommend this book as a purchase for yourself or as a gift to a photographer.
Artak More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! From first pages I got involved in read-try-enjoy cicle. Simple, clearly understandable even for me with less than moderate English. Gives Understanding of Exposure indeed. This is the book I was missing to find a way to implement my creativity. Great appreciation to the Author. Artak
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read photo web sites from top to bottom, dozens of photography books, and tons of magazines from cover to cover as well as taken photography courses to self-educate myself in the art of photography. This is 'THE' book that pulled all the information from other sources together and gave it meaning to me. I love this book and if you are still grappling with pulling all the pieces together I'd certainly recommend this book to you.
marymorrisar More than 1 year ago
This book taught me more on exposure, in the first 10 minutes of reading then ,a well known on line school taught in 8 lessons.Simple and well written,to the point...I all so bought his book on shutter speed,and in a few minutes, 2 more of his books....I shoot weddings and he has made it possible for me to spend a lot less time in the editing ,by getting it correct right out of the camera.......Mary Morris
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Photodaddy More than 1 year ago
This book takes the reader from a few basics to the advanced seamlessly. Clear explanations for every photograph in the book and how to achieve the similar results. I began applying the techniques in this book and have the best exposure I've seen yet in my photographs! Bryan Peterson is very thorough in his lessons and very creative. A must for the serious photographer be it amateur, hobbyist, or aspiring pro!
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