Understanding Exposure Book Review

One of the first books I read on photography was “Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera” by Bryan Peterson. My goal was to improve the images I was producing, and this book opened my eyes to what I could achieve through using the tips and techniques he disclosed.

After reading the book, I practised the techniques and found that my photography was improving. I was developing my artistic vision by using exposure to tell my story in the images. Just because you read a book doesn’t mean that you are automatically a better photographer. My experience has been I need to experiment with the knowledge provided and practice. That way, I learn and retain what has worked for me with my image-making.

Here are some of the things I enjoyed about this book:

  • Each scenario described has good photos to explain the technique used.
  • Peterson focuses on using Manual mode, which enables greater creative control.
  • Recommendations are provided based on sound reasoning.
  • While Peterson uses Nikon cameras, he explains the scenarios using generic camera terminology.

Here are some of the things I didn’t like about the book:

  • The first chapter is wordy, but the chapters after that are concise.
  • Light metering is explained halfway through the book – I would have preferred the explanation earlier as I regard it as critical to understanding exposure.

My bookshelf contains many photography books, but I regard this as being one of the most helpful. It takes the fear out of moving from “point and shoot” to using Manual mode and being creative with your camera.

I highly recommend this book.

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