Understanding Exposure

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2004-08-01
  • Publisher: Amphoto
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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 Exposuredemonstrates that there are always creative choices about how to expose a picture-and that the decision is up to the photographer, not the camera. "Highly recommended."--Washington Times Previous edition has sold more than 80,000 copies Uses side-by-side comparisons to illustrate techniques and points Includes information on exposure for digital photography Companion volume toLearning to See Creatively(0-8174-4181-6)

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Defining Exposurep. 12
What is Meant by "Exposure"?p. 14
The Photographic Trianglep. 16
The Heart of the Triangle: the Light Meterp. 22
Six Correct Exposures vs. One Creatively Correct Onep. 24
Seven Creative Exposure Optionsp. 32
Aperturep. 34
Aperture and Depth of Fieldp. 36
Storytelling Aperturesp. 38
Singular-Theme Aperturesp. 48
"Who Cares?" Aperturesp. 56
Aperture and Macro Photographyp. 62
Aperture and Specular Highlightsp. 68
Shutter Speedp. 70
The Importance of Shutter Speedp. 72
The Right Shutter Speed for the Subjectp. 74
Freezing Motionp. 76
Panningp. 80
Implying Motionp. 84
Implying Motion While Zoomingp. 88
Making Rainp. 90
Lightp. 92
The Importance of Light: The Importance of Exposurep. 94
The Best Lightp. 96
Frontlightp. 100
Overcast Frontlightp. 102
Sidelightp. 106
Backlightp. 110
Exposure Metersp. 114
18% Reflectancep. 118
The Sky Brothersp. 122
Mr. Green Jeans (The Sky Brothers' Cousin)p. 126
Night and Low-Light Photographyp. 128
Special Techniques and Filtersp. 136
Deliberate Overexposurep. 138
Double Exposure and Sandwichingp. 140
Multiple Exposurep. 142
Polarizing Filtersp. 144
Neutral-Density Filtersp. 148
Graduated Neutral-Density Filtersp. 150
Film vs. Digitalp. 152
ISOp. 154
Colorp. 156
Pushing and Pullingp. 158
Indexp. 160
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