Book Reviews

Book Review: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

36This 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.

Understanding Exposure has taught generations of photographers how to shoot the images they want by demystifying the complex concepts of exposure in photography. In this newly updated edition, veteran photographer Bryan Peterson explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with and influence one another. With an emphasis on finding the right exposure even in tricky situations, Understanding Exposure shows you how to get (or lose) sharpness and contrast in images, freeze action, and take the best meter readings, while also exploring filters, flash, and light. With all new images, as well as an expanded section on flash, tips for using colored gels, and advice on shooting star trails, this revised edition will clarify exposure for photographers of all levels.

What I Loved: I love to take pictures. And I’m pretty good at it…on auto mode. Understanding Exposure broke down the details of photography on manual mode. I knew very little when I opened the book, but Peterson has a gift for teaching. I appreciated how he explained things. His examples and explanations were very helpful. The book is not meant for you to pick up and pick out a “recipe.” Each page layers on another lesson in photography and I found it best to read from start to finish instead of skipping around.
Peterson also offers suggestions for backgrounds and fun photo shoots. I had a great time getting to know my camera better and improving my photography skills.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Understand Exposure 5 stars and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to improve their photography.

~I received a copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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