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With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding
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.

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
• 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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June 27, 2011

This is total crap! Avoid and get some classic photography texts
Highly incoherent. I am on to page 52 or so, and I just hate how cocky the author's style is. There is too much ambiguity and invention of new terms which do not exist and confuse you more. Lots of text, just written like a disorganized story which does not connect.

'Depth of field' is made even more nebulous with no reasonable explanation. 'Open aperture implies light scatter on sensor/film' is totally weird to me. Light scatter to me would mean, focusing is going bad. Concepts are principles should not be modified and distorted (or skipped/hidden) in an attempt to explain them to a beginner, that's just unacceptable.

F/8 and F/11 are told to be "Don't care" apertures. You must be joking Mr. Peterson!? (please make a not whenever you crack a joke in your book)

Some really crappy snapshot pictures along side some terrific pictures (most of which come later), makes you wonder if the author is even paying attention to the quality of photographs in a book on photography (I am not talking about quality, just terrible composition in some).

EXCERPTS if you care to go over.....

Understanding Exposure has critical errors, off-the-mark analogies and sometimes nonsense.

"What exactly influences depth of field? Several factors come into play: the focal length of the lens, the distance between you and the subject you want to focus on, and the aperture you select. I feel strongly that of these three elements, aperture IS the most important." Peterson has strong feelings -- that's nice, but they are wrong.

"The depth of field in close-up photography extends one-fourth In front of and one-half beyond the focused subject, while in regular photography the depth of field is distributed one-third In front of and two-thirds beyond the subject." One fourth + one half = three fourths. This is complete nonsense. In fact as you focus closer the distribution of DOF tends to even out; he's claiming the opposite, and his statement that in regular photography the distribution of DOF is one third/two thirds is just wrong.

"During the spring, the clarity of the light in the countryside results in delicate hues and tones for buds on plants and trees. This same clear light enhances the stark beauty of the autumn landscape." Spring and autumn light have "clarity" that the light of summer and winter lacks?!! Mr. Peterson, your glasses might be foggy, clean them with a microfiber cloth.

Right in the beginning!

Also, Av, Tv, and P modes are crap right? But you are telling your readers to rely on the same equipment's metering system BUT use Manual mode. Now the 'correct exposure' that the camera shows is coming from the same metering system, which would feed data to Av and Tv modes. IF you disbelieve in technology, you would never use camera's metering system at all. It does not work better in one mode vs. the other. TL;DR The author contradicts some statements as the book progresses.

No classic photography book tells you to take closeup shots with a wide angle lens, that's just totally bizarre to me, due to distortions, and yet Mr. Peterson recommends if you don't go that route you are missing a world of opportunities. Mind you, this has nothing to do with exposure.

Good job making the book obscure enough (trying to make it simple?), so you SELL one on Exposure, one on Flash photography, another on Portrait photography and perhaps many more.

It beats me how many positive reviews are there for this book, I seriously want my money back. Can anyone help me, I am out of my 30 day period, as I thought I would never have to return this. Its messing up my mindset already. :)

June 10, 2011

Simplistic and pre-digested information
The author of this book has a very particular style that I noticed in some other do-it-yourself American books. This book is written in a very informal language and is filled with anecdotes, metaphors, and other techniques that are supposed to help you understand exposure.

However, presenting pre-digested information in this way assumes that the reader does not have big aspirations and their understanding capabilities are low. If you like this spoon-feeding style, then you may like this book. I did not. I found it very annoying that whenever I was hoping to get some genuine and technical information, I got a pre-digested inaccurate metaphor. For instance, the author explains the ISO feature by comparing it to worker bees: ISO 100 = 100 working bees that carry light, ISO 200 = 200 bees and more light. To me this information explains nothing, it only provides a silly rule of thumb; that is not enough to understand photography. I believe that to reach a good understanding of photography you need to go beyond such simplistic heuristics and get to know a bit more of the technical side and receive in-depth explanations.

If you really want to gain an understanding of your digital camera and correct exposure, this book is not the best choice.

A wonderful series of books written in a compelling and professional, yet accessible to a beginner, way is by Harold Davis.

January 21, 2012

I regret purchasing this book!
Great book? Yes! Helpful information for those new to photography. However, I rated this book with only one star because it is basically the same word for word information and, at times, photo examples, as another one of his books, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. Should have been on my toes before making this purchase! If you already own a book by this author, compare the table of contents of both books. Might save yourself from wasting your money and buying something you already own. Don't let the different titles fool you, as they did me.

March 6, 2015

Understanding Hyping: how that made this book mysteriously show up everywhere (and won't go away...)
I truly cannot understand why this book is so highly rated and praised by so many people, even professionals. If you are just starting with photography and want to know a bit more about exposure and taking pictures as a whole I must admit this book could be of interest. For these group of people I could rate this book with 2 stars.

If you, however, have even a bit more experience I know that there is much better material to be found on this subject. Really disappointing in the end as this book is hyped by so many people as the best thing since sliced bread. For this group (more experienced people) I rate this book with one star (and being very generous...).

1) Pro’s:
- The author has some interesting information and tips regarding exposure

- There are some nice tips about photography in general

2) Con’s:
- The book only covers the absolute basics of exposure. Don't expect any technical insights how exposure works. It is in no way the hyped Graal of Exposure I had expected after reading other reviews

- As the author has his roots in analog photography specific subjects regarding digital photography (e.g. white balance, noise, et cetera) do not get the attention they really deserve

- The way and tone ("rinkadink") the author deals with flash photography in this book is such a long way from the excellent book 'Speedliter's Handbook' from Syl Arena that I can't help but cry...

- The way the author writes was not very interesting or stimulating

- you will either like or dislike the way the author elaborates on his personal life. I didn’t like it. The remarks about how much money a particular picture made him, only takes up space in the book and doesn’t tell me anything about exposure

- A lot of pictures in this book are not what one would - or could - expect from a professional photographer. Perhaps the exposure is correct, but what's on the picures don't rock my boat at all. I mean, the photo of the tree on page 106 en 107…Come on!

My advice: if you want some really good information about exposure pass on this book, but buy the book 'Digital Photography Exposure For Dummies'. I recently did and I would recommend that book over 'Understandig Exposure' at any time. The Dummies-book blows this book out of the water and turns out to be the book I thought 'Understanding Exposure' was.

February 7, 2011

Not what I expected
This book was not what I expected. I am an amateur photographer and was looking for a book that covered the basic of SLR photography. I could not follow along with this book. Needless to say, I returned the book after previewing it.

October 1, 2015

An attractive, literate, accessible book that changed my photography
First, my skill level: I am a photography enthusiast who has a fairly good grasp of photographic theory and methods, who has an eye for image composition, and who uses a DSLR to produce quality images, for someone of my experience. NOT a professional. NOT an expert. But passionate and always learning.

Now, my review:

I celebrate this book's powerful impact on my photography, an impact that occurred because I read the book as a 176 page persuasive argument in favor of manual exposure.

On colorful, glossy, and attractively arrayed pages, Peterson argues for a distinction between an image's "correct exposure" and its "creatively correct exposure." The former, your camera's light meter will reliably report; the latter, you must derive based on the scene and your intentions for it. Camera light meters don't care about which items photographers want in focus or left intentionally over- or underexposed; they care only about the degree to which the areas of frames assigned to their attention meet the accepted standard 18% grey specification. When that standard produces an image to your liking, great! But many times, your intended image is not possible if the meter's guidance is accepted. Hence, the need for manual exposure.

This book is a concise, yet thorough and eminently readable discussion of factors that affect an image's exposure: aperture (how wide open is the hole that lets light in through the lens to reach the camera's sensor), shutter speed (how long is that hole open), and light (that which allows the camera and its photographer to "see" anything). Interestingly, Peterson does not spend nearly as much time on ISO (the sensitivity of the camera's sensor to light) as he does on aperture and shutter speed, but his choice does not damage the book's final excellence.

Appearing, on average, about once per page are wonderful images from his professional work that showcase whatever subject matter is currently under review. More importantly, each of those images is accompanied by a marvelously detailed report as to the reason for his presence at the scene reflected, as well as his thought process that yielded the settings and methods choices he made before pushing the shutter button. I am a big fan of such process captions, and Peterson writes them VERY well.

Earlier I said this book functioned for me as a persuasive argument for shooting in manual exposure. Because of this book, I made the choice to shoot manual from now on, except when conditions require aperture- or shutter priority. Before reading "Understanding Exposure," I would have snickered at the suggestion that I would shoot in manual. But Peterson's work convinced me that if you understand the interplay of aperture, shutter, ISO, and light well enough - and I think I do - then manual mode is the mode that offers the best chance of producing the image of your vision. As important, the book convinced me that manual mode is not nearly as challenging or cumbersome to employ as I once thought it was. Now that I have been shooting in manual for a couple of weeks, I tell you the book is right.

I heartily, unconditionally recommend "Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition."

October 20, 2011

Understanding Exposure 3rd Edition
After looking through countless books, forums and internet videos for information on how to better understand and use my camera I came across this book.. As always (due to constantly stumbling upon books and info that either over-complicates or leaves you hanging with with only half developed thoughts and articles) I was hesitant (again) despite reading all of the excellent reviews..If you find yourself in this same position please do not hesitate to purchase this book.. It was an excellent and extremely insightful book from start to finish. The information was clearly laid out and easy to understand with tons of excellent examples to help further cement the ideas into your head. I'm not going to go into detail about each chapter because there were several reviews before this that I feel already laid them out nicely.. But, each chapter is loaded with great information and not only helpful but inspiring pictures. Also it should be said that this book isn't just limited to the absolute beginner or amateur I feel it would be more than helpful from novice to advanced (possibly helping the advanced fill some holes in their shooting technique or with the extremely helpful section on Metering)and of course Peterson is more than just some guy spewing out photo knowledge he is a teacher and a fantastic on at that. Every bit of this book was excellent and I would have gladly paid even more than I did for it..So whether you are an absolute beginner/amateur (to whom I would suggest this book as an absolute must if you plan on going anywhere with photography) or the advanced I highly recommend this book all across the board :)

August 6, 2012

not much of interest
understanding exposure - bryan peterson
this book is very poorly designed. the 2 page photos are only there to take up space. by extending the photos to 2 pages the reader loses interest in the subject matter. the macro,
close up photos, are uniteresting to the point of being totally boring. however you would think that a photographer with such high credentials as the book editor claims would place some interesting photos in the book.
i would rate the photos at a very amature level and not of much interest.
there is some good information in the book, but not much.
it is very difficult to maintain your attention on such a poorly deigned book with less than amature photos. i have owned this book for 4 months and am still not half way tru it. when trying to read it i try not to look at the photos, however it is unavoidable.
i would not purchase this book had i previewed it before i purchased it.
my best recommendation is to read your owners manual.Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

September 3, 2014

If you must buy one of his books buy this one. The rest in his series are written almost the same. Word for word.
Several years ago I bought an earlier edition of this book and of all the other books in Bryan Peterson's arsenal of publications. Let me tell you that this was a mistake! This book is the only one you need in his whole series. The other books are basically this exact same book word for word in many cases but they tailor to their subject matter a little more. I am giving this book two starts because if you are just starting out with photography as I was when I purchased these books it does teach you a few things. However, most of what the book teaches you can be shorted greatly.

The author writes in a very cocky off-putting style. He wastes text space bragging about his photography classes around the world and his wife and kids and how he lives in France. We would like to learn about photography, Brian Peterson, not your life! We could stand a little more elaboration on some of the topics you are discussing and you can trash your care free photography style since at times that appears to be what it is. You have some fantastic images, this is not a lie. However you pair them up with such terrible snapshots that you pass as great photos. As you bragged about skiing in Switzerland you took a blurry photo of your daughter skiing that looks like it was taken by a five year old.

Your biggest offense comes that you take away the value of two photographic processes. White balance and aperture (but this is a book about aperture you say!). You give such toxic advice as constantly leaving the white balance setting on cloudy! GASP! Then you contradict yourself later by saying that it gives an orange hue to cities at night that looks unnatural. Instead of just telling readers to turn their white balance to cloudy and forget about it you should elaborate more on the science of how light works and what it is. Give readers a better understanding of the kelvin scale (which you mention only too briefly) so that they can better control white balance for themselves.

You also dishonor what aperture actually is by calling f/9-f/13 "Who Cares?" apertures. Actually Brian Peterson a lot of people care! It is important that people experiment with all of their camera's apertures so that they better understand how their camera works. Did you even mention once to them that if they point their cameras to the sky or a blank white piece of paper at f/16 that they could best see all the specks of dirt and dust on their lens? No because "Who Cares?!"

This book did help me understand the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO when I first began taking photos but it did little else beyond that. This book is more about the life experiences of the author and it features a few vague tips on photography. It skips over all the important technical aspects of the photographic craft. Trust me the cocky writing style here will make you want to punch the author!

May 22, 2015

A MUST for all new photographers !!!
I LOVE this book!! I am a relatively new student (18 months) to the world of digital photography . I am constantly refering to this book. It is written in such a way that it is easy for even the newest photography student to understand. What I really appreciate is that EVERY photo in the book is annotated how it was taken..aperture, shutter speed and film speed, etc..is always explained. For a new photographer this information proves invaluable When I come across a section that is confusing to me I bring the book to my photography teacher and with his help I fully understand what is written . I carry this book in my camera backpack as a constant reference guide. Hoping that a newer version is in the works!!! Highly recommend !

June 5, 2014

Great information, could use a one-stop summary page
This book is full of great information about the basics of photography. I've been around (mostly point-and-shoot) cameras for many years, but I finally feel like I understand the theory behind exposure.

Mr. Peterson shares from his vast experience, including some amazing pictures. I especially appreciated his frequent use of two side-by-side pictures, one showing what NOT to do and the second showing the right thing to do.

Although the author appears to favor Nikon cameras, he writes in a very generic way that applies to all camera brands.

My only complaint about this book is that there is not a one-stop summary page. All of the pointers that indicate the type of settings to use for certain situations are simply included in prose format throughout the book. This will make it difficult to use as a reference without a lot of sticky notes or folding of page corners down. I would have appreciated a simple table presenting the scenario (i.e. shooting with backlight) and the recommended approach (i.e. Aperture Priority, f/11, ISO 400, shutter 1/250).

Still a great read for anyone who is new to photography or would like to benefit from Mr. Peterson's expertise.

May 7, 2015

The little substance it has can be found easily on the internet in clearer and more concise form
I found this book to be scattered and insubstantial. The little substance it has can be found easily on the internet in clearer and more concise form. I would have stopped reading it halfway through, but I wanted to finish it to write a thorough review explaining the issues I see with it.

This book is not for the technically minded. It might be better for someone who is intimidated by technology and has little or no experience with cameras and no grasp of the principles of shutter, aperture, and ISO. Even for such people with limited background, I wouldn't recommend this book. There are better books (which I will not name to avoid the appearance of bias) that cover the same topics more thoroughly and without the meandering style.

To save you some money, the main points of this book are nothing special:
* Don't be afraid to use small apertures like f/22 because the wide depth of field is more helpful than the harm of the diffraction you get with small apertures.
* Use wider apertures for portraits and focused shots.
* Use fast shutter speeds to stop motion.
* Use slow shutter speeds and/or panning to get motion blur and smoother shots.

The author also discloses a few photographic stunts like shooting puddles of oil on water, "making rain" with a lawn sprinkler, and zooming a lens during a long exposure to fake motion. Not rocket science, nor especially insightful. Just "here's a thing I did that is so clever."

Along those lines, the author comes off as pompous and rote, the kind of person who has the same well-worn anecdotes and catchphrases he tells every class of photography students (and thinks they're profound and/or hilarious every time). Some people may enjoy these sidebars, but I found myself rolling my eyes and wishing he'd teach me something instead.

He's also not shy about discussing the huge number of students he's taught, touting how much money he's made selling stock photographs, and selling his online photography school. He's a legend in his own mind. As one example, the book begins with the author's tale of how well the first two editions sold, and why there was such overwhelming demand for a third edition. I also note that the book is somewhat outdated now, and very outdated in certain parts that were clearly written in earlier editions.

The book is also not very well written. It's light on content and heavy on context. Most of the text in the book is in the captions to photos and little sidebars. And a lot of space is dedicated to unhelpful anecdotes like the time the author woke up to sirens, jumped out of bed, set his camera to f/8, and started taking pictures of a building on fire. If you find this a useful way to learn and don't mind his pomposity, perhaps the book may be useful to you.

I won't make specific recommendations because I don't want to sound biased or like I'm a fake reviewer, but I own other photography guides, so I know there are much better options available on Amazon.

February 13, 2016

AMAZING book. I knew next to nothing about photography ...
Update: although I LOVE the book. The online content has proven impossible to view. I can't view the videos from my phone or tablet, and the site has frozen my laptop, twice.
I'm pretty frustrated with the quality of the site but I still love the book itself.

- AMAZING book. I knew next to nothing about photography before someone recommended this book to me. I just finished it today and I now feel like I have a really strong grasp of the fundamentals. I plan to read it again now that I have the basic idea to see if I can absorb even more.
used many of the principles with my Nikon D3200. but the author explains well about all brands and how to use them.

October 12, 2014

Explaining his OWN work, not how YOU can achieve better results.
This is all basic information that EVERY photographer should already know. This entire book is an analysis of the authors OWN WORK and can only perhaps help explain HIS WORK, but hardly helps those who want to create something on their own. ANY photographer can go out and do exactly what this book offers and write about it. Sorry, not a good choice for anyone with experience.

February 23, 2014

Basic info filled with fluff
There is nothing in this book that cannot be gained from a few 5 minute videos explaining the concepts. Much of the book is filled with 2 page images that would be just as beneficial at a single page thereby allowing more room for more detailed information.
If you are looking for very basic info, don't have internet access and want all of your landscapes to have a purple sky (he recommends using this filter repeatedly) then this book might be for you.

March 29, 2014

Very important book explaining clearly Exposure
I have been shooting for quite a long time, on and off, from film to digital. I have a lot about photographic basics as well as many technical books and photographic advice and tips about taking picture. However, this book gives a very easy to understand and remember sequence and summary of the few key elements which form the exposure based upon your own creative way of making a photographic art. The book includes a lot of practical examples of photo with detailed exposure setting and its related explanation. It goes from basic to quite advanced presentation. Most important on when and how to use manual versus the many auto-exposure of recent digital camera. Point and Shoot camera folks will learn on why some of their pictures are great and some are not, and what to do about. However, purely point and shoot camera may not be able to take advantage of the techniques and explanation as those cameras lack the necessary control to set the what the author says "creatively correct exposure". I enjoy the reading of the book very much, and at times when the picture and its exposure are not correct, I still refer to the book.

August 31, 2012

Essential, Basic Exposure Guide
I thought I should review this book here, because I have recommended it many, many times over the years, and beginning with the original edition, have purchased, and given it away to an aspiring photographer at least 3 times over the years. I have read the few 1 star reviews and have been surprised. Most of them don't like the book but give no specific, concrete reason why. Those that do, seem to feel "cheated," because it doesn't say "beginner's guide" and maybe tells them something they already knew.

I went back and read the narrative on the Amazon site for each addition. If you read it carefully, it lays out what the book is going to cover. It is not intended by the author to be an Ansel Adam's look alike (Ansel already did that as well as can be done, and I'll be the author has read it :-) ). This book is aimed squarely at someone who is new to a camera that allows you to control the aspects of exposure (for most shooters this means an SLR/DSLR) and wants to know how to do that successfully and correctly. It is not an in-depth, theory of exposure book. It is aimed at an audience who needs clear, plain, easy-to-understand explanations that they can take and work with right away. I have always thought Peterson hit the proverbial home run with this book. Whenever I have someone start asking me questions about exposure, etc. who is not an experienced photographer, I recommend this book. I will keep doing so.

And, every few years or so, I get out my highlighter and read it again, myself. Many successful people believe that basis of success is knowing the fundamentals of their craft and practicing them. Having shot SLR/DSLR cameras for 30 years, I am still surprised to sometimes find (or remember) a gem of wisdom when I go back and read this book.

It is not the most sophisticated book on my shelf, but it is a "go-to" book in many circumstances. In my view it certainly does what it suggests it will, and what it was intended to do, and does so in a way that has helped many photographers become better at what they do.

March 23, 2013

Great, Easy-to-Understand Resource...But Redundant with Author's Other Books
I own several of Bryan Peterson's books on photography, and generally adore his approach because he's explains fundamental concepts in plain language. Others have provided excellent summaries of Understanding Exposure, so I won't repeat those here.

I'm only rating this four stars because much of the content is redundant with some of the author's other books. If you haven't read his other books, then Understanding Exposure is probably just shy of five-star worthy. But if you own his other books--notably, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide and Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide--this will only be of minimal value: about 80% of Understanding Exposure is explored in these two subsequent books in far greater depth and detail. Don't misunderstand; there is some content in Understanding Exposure that's unique to this book and can't be found in Peterson's other books. My point is, if you own the author's other books, manage your expectations about what you'll get out of this book.

So if you're torn between getting Understanding Exposure and one of Peterson's other books, which should you get? My personal preference and recommendation is to start with Understanding Photography; it's better organized and more comprehensive. Understanding Composition is a close second--again, because it's more comprehensive, and better organized. (Clearly, the author's ability to articulate his thoughts clearly and completely has improved with time, as both were written many years after the first edition of Understanding Exposure!) Only then, for the more serious student of photography, would I recommend Understanding Exposure. Then again, these are just my personal preferences. If you have a chance to flip through these books at your local bookstore or photography store before ordering, do so, and decide for yourself.

July 21, 2011

A Great Book for the Amateur Photographer
I ordered this book for two reasons (1) I just purchased an entry-level DSLR and (2) a friend who is an avid ameteur photographer recommended it.

Some background information about me (because it does matter, especially if you read the other reviews): I took some basic photography classes in college, I developed much of my own film in college, I've been an amateur photographer since high school (mid 1980s), and I have used both film and digital formats. I'm smart and understand the basics regarding light, composition, shutter speed, etc.

Please understand what you are purchasing before you spend money on this book. I wanted an easy-to-understand bok on exposure that would serve as a good refresher. (Too many years using inexpensive "point and shoot" cameras tend to dull one's memory). Peterson's book -- a long-time best-seller in this particular genre -- is just that. It's geared towards the amateur photographer, contains many sets of "comparison" images (i.e., same image with different settings so you can understand the differences in camera settings), and is not overly technical.

Amazon does allow you to "look inside" the book prior to purchasing it. Peruse the content available to you and then make the decision as to whether or not you want to spend your money. In my opinion, the book is a worthy addition to your library of photography "how to", especailly if you are an amateur photographer or, like me, need a mere brain boost. Peterson is an expert in the field and, like anybody, has his opinions. You may agree with some; you may disagree with others. So be it. The information in the book is based on his many years taking images as a professional photographer, and he has written in a style that will appeal to a wide audience.

If you want a more general text, Peterson does offer Understanding Digital Photography. If you want to know more about shutter speed: Understanding Shutter Speed. If you're into close-up (macro) photography: Understanding Close-up Photography.

If you want a more specific text with tons of technical detail (I.e., geared more towards the academic, engineer, professional photographer), this book -- admittedly -- is probably not what you are looking for. But you could have easily figured that out before spending any money.

In my amateur-photographer-smart-and-educated opinion? A good book. And I'm not at all upset I spent my money on it.

May 21, 2013

Fundamentals are all taught here
All you need to know is right here in this book as far as understanding exposure. I have read two books before this one and still found myself confused and looking back. This book explains it to you the way it should be explained, simple and to the point. I read this book a year ago and after reading it I can now expose properly and it shows in my images. All the other books get so involved in technical aspects that it becomes confusing. If this book were about driving a car it would tell you, this is the brake, push on it and the car will stop ,the harder and quicker you push the harder and quicker it will stop. Other books would say, this is the brake, it runs from your from the car floor to a lever that compresses fluid which is compressed into hoses that lead to the calipers which compress against the rotors etc. ...you get the point. Both explanations will get you to the same understanding but only this book will leave out everything that is absolutely unnecessary. When your shooting you only care about getting the proper exposure on what you want your final print to be this book will get you there.

March 3, 2018

Nothing new here.
Just another dumb photography book. Essential elements covered in the book are quite fundamental with no new real insight. Skimmed through it and back to the shelf along with numerous other "best of all time" photo how-to books purchased over the years.

December 27, 2017

$400. 00 your on CRACK! Hope it's a ...
$400.00 your on CRACK! Hope it's a typo!

June 30, 2015

This was the worst book. A complete waste of money
This was the worst book. A complete waste of money. Its so hard to read, too technical with a small font. Its just awful.

November 15, 2014

One Star
It's excellent.

May 31, 2019

Basic exposure info for an SLR newbie
It's a basic introduction to what goes into manually making an exposure, using the relationship of aperture, shutter speed and iso. If you understand what the difference is between an open and stopped down aperture, or a fast or slow shutter speed, you can probably skip this book. If you're looking for current insight into things like the Zone System or want to have "Aha!" moments when you look at the histogram, you can basically skip this book.

But if you've never used a camera on manual settings before, perhaps this might be worth a look.

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