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 (author) Michael Freeman

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 231mm x 251mm x 15mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240811712
  • ISBN 13: 9780240811710
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 125,397

Product description

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. Choosing 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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Author information

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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* photographers amateur to advanced * photography hobbyists who love gorgeous photos and Michael Freeman's work

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