Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition

Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition

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This newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson's most popular book demystifies the complex concepts of exposure in photography, allowing readers to capture the images they want. With his trademark accessible style, Peterson instructs readers on how to achieve successful images in almost any situation, explaining the fundamentals of exposure and its component parts of light, aperture and shutter speed. With an emphasis on getting the best exposure even in tricky situations, 'Understanding Exposure' shows how to get (or lose) sharpness and contrast in images, how to freeze action and how to take the best meter readings, while also exploring filters, flash and light. With all new images, and updated captions throughout, this revised edition is sure to be as popular as ever.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 213 x 264 x 13mm | 694g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th edition
  • 200 full colour photographs
  • 1607748509
  • 9781607748502
  • 6,689

About Bryan Peterson

Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor and best-selling author.show more

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"Of all the photography books I have on my bookshelf, and believe me, I have quite a few, this is the one that stands out as the most helpful. It is the first one I recommend to new photographers and it is one that I refer to when I need a bit of a refresher. It will take the fear out of moving from the point and shoot modes to the creative modes of your camera."- Digital Photography Schoolshow more

Table of contents

Introduction   1 Defining Exposure   What Is Meant by Exposure?   8 The Photographic Triangle   10 The Heart of the Triangle: The Light Meter   16 White Balance   19 Six Correct Exposures Versus One Creatively Correct One   24 Finding Creative Exposure Options   28 Aperture   Aperture and Depth of Field   32 Storytelling Apertures   36 Isolation or Singular-Theme Apertures   48 “Who Cares?” Apertures   54 Aperture and Macro Photography   58 Shutter Speed  The Importance of Shutter Speed   64 The Right Shutter Speed for the Subject   66 Freezing Motion   68 Panning   73 Implying Motion   76 Implying Motion with Stationary Subjects   80 Making “Rain”   83 Light   The Importance of Light: The Importance of Exposure   86 The Best Light   88 Frontlight   92 Overcast Frontlight   95 Sidelight   98 Backlight   102 Exposure Meters   106 18% Reflectance   110 The Gray Card   112 The Sky Brothers   113 Mr. Green Jeans (The Sky Brothers’ Cousin)   116 Night and Low-Light Photography   118 Flashlights and Starlight   124 Light Painting   126 Special Techniques  Polarizing Filters   132 Graduated Neutral-Density Filters   134 Multiple Exposures   136 Electronic Flash   The Photographic Triangle and Flash   142 The Three Factors for Correct Flash Photography Exposure   144 The Dangers of Becoming a Flashaholic   148 The Limitations of Your Teenie-Weenie Pop-Up Flash   150 Powering Down the Flash   152 Flash as a Fill Light   153 Wireless Flash   158 Colored Gels   162 Rear Curtain Sync   165 Index   168show more

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