Understanding Exposure

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  1. alabama1980

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    I had seen a lot on here about this book. Its seems that almost EVERYONE recommended it. I have to say that after buying it and reading it for a few days, it was a worthwhile recommendation to follow!

    Thing are explained in simple and unintimidating terms!

    So to anyone that is wondering if this book is worth it, Ill have to jump on the bandwagon and recommend it!!
     
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    I agree this book has a lot of great info in it. But it seems I may be the only one who found it dryer then the salt flats? I mean the info you get out of it is great, but his writing style is slow and dry. I had to put the book down about 10 times. Then would pick it up later and read some more.

    But then maybe its just me :p
     
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    I think you may be one of the few, yes... lol.

    I already knew a lot of what was in there, and found it a very good read.

    Often if people are challenged by the technical, they find it "dry". It was far from dry, and if you want a better example of "dry", try reading Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting... lol

    I still bought "Light..." anyways and find it important to adding to my knowledge... dry or not.
     
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    I bought the book as well. I didn't know it was really meant for people who are new to photography. I've found Jim Zuckerman's book Called Perfect Exposure .
    I think it's a lot better at teaching you how to deal with tricky lighting situations. I'd say it's a lot more advanced, but it's a good 2nd step once you understand the basics of exposure.
     
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    I looked on Amazon and they display the table of contents... honestly, there is nothing there that is not covered in Understanding Exposure except flash related info... but if you understand exposure, flash is just another kind of light and the same rules apply.

    Maybe it would help others, but I think it would mostly be only repetition for me, based on what I saw in the table of contents.
     
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    I just read it a couple weeks ago, and I think the basic explanations of different terms and ideas are very simple and straightforward. I already knew most of the stuff, but it still had some good ideas and some better approaches to metering and stuff for accurate exposure. I hope that he comes out with an up to date version at some point and I'll probably read it again.

    Highly recommended though.
     
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    I loved this book. I read it recently and even though I thought I understood some of this before from reading articles, etc, the book explained things so much clearer. The only problem is that it made me realize just how much my current camera is limiting me (in terms of controls) so now I'm shopping for a new one!
     
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    I bought and read the 'Understanding Exposure' book last week. Overall, it's quite a nice book and pretty useful.

    I do however believe that there are superior tutorials (free) online which explain the basics in a much more simple way for total newbies.

    Worthy addition to the shelf though. :)
     
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    If you could post a few of the links to these concepts, I am sure that there would be many here that could benefit from it.

    If you get the chance, maybe you could start a new thread with this info?
     
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    i bought this book based completely on reviews last year the day i bought my camera... It got me outside on manual mode learning the modes very quickly.

    I loved it and still recommend to every new shooter i meet looking for help
     
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    I guess it was just me. The info in it was great no doubt about that. I'm glad I read it and all but I also wished I enjoyed reading it, if that makes sense...
     
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    Will do. Need to get back on my other comp as I have all the links saved as favourites there. :thumbup:
     

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