If you want to take better photographs, you eventually have to learn about light.
I’ve tried before. ISO, aperture, shutter speed . . . do I really have to understand how each of those is affected by light?
Well, sort of. If I want to keep shooting in manual mode instead of automatic (which I’ve been attempting for a few years), the information on correct exposure needs to finally solidify in my brain. Seeing how they all work together and affect each other makes a difference.
And maybe now it’s clicked. Reading professional photographer Bryan Peterson’s 4th edition of Understanding Exposure has helped.
Peterson speaks mostly to the DSLR audience, and he assumes you’ll mostly be shooting in manual mode. But he does occasionally give tips for those shooting in automatic and with point-and-shoot cameras.
The sections are basically two-page spreads on a specific topic with text explanations and photographic examples. (The photographs alone are worth the book. Stunning!)
- Defining Exposure
- Shutter Speed
- Special Techniques
- Electronic Flash
Do I understand everything Peterson talks about? Not by a long shot. But I’m understanding more than I used to.
Will my photos be better after reading this book? No guarantees.
But after reading this book I’ve been inspired again to try harder. I’m experimenting more (Peterson gives several suggestions for camera settings) and noticing more (he points out what to watch for). And I’ve even dug out my camera’s instruction manual again. I count it a win.
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Do you love taking photos, too? Which camera do you prefer? I love my Canon Rebel. Please share in the comments.
My thanks to Blogging for Books
for the review copy of this book
- Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – June 2016
- Leave the Hand Open