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.

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 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
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 168

About the Author

BRYAN PETERSON is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, best-selling author, and founder of The Bryan Peterson School of Photography at www.bpsop.com. His trademark use of color and strong, graphic composition have garnered him photographic awards fromCommunication Arts and Print magazines. He makes his home in Seattle, Washington.


"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 School

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