How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
I borrowed an older edition of this book from a friend, and I was overwhelmed at the amount of information it provided. Even though this older book was based upon film cameras, the basics that were there along with the picture examples were extremely helpful. This new book is practically complete update, the majority sections have been rewritten, along with many new subsections added to include specific particulars for digital photographers, many new photograph examples.
This book is substantially better than the previous version, and now expands upon some of the subject matter that was only briefly glimpsed in the first edition. A particular subject that stands out inside my mind is the way he explains those "don't care" F8 and F11 apertures that he often uses. The previous version only casually mentioned it, however I don't remember an enlightenment on the reasons those apertures were of use. There is now a small section on specifically that in this new book along with suggestions on the times to use them.
There are full color photos used all through the book, and they are a greatly appreciated towards understanding concepts that he puts forth. Each picture includes a caption which the technique used to acquire the exposure. He goes on to show you the identical picture with other settings allowing you to see the effects these settings have upon the exposure.
I found the book easy to read and enjoyable. The writing and tone are very comfortable and easy to grasp. While there are some technical aspects, they are described in a manner which allows them easily to understand.
This book is mostly about how to acquire the image, and not about processing an image after it has been acquired. There are passing mentions of pulling or pushing film and the creation effects, although in general, it's about how to acquire a proper image. If you are seeking a book on ways to process the image after you have shot the photo then look elsewhere.
I can 100% recommend this book if you have an interest in photography. I have no idea how useful it might be for professionals, however for a person just beginning or a serious amateur, there is no way you can go wrong with it. While every bit the information may be applicable to SLR cameras (both film and digital), most of it will apply to the point & shoot cameras as well.
About Brian Peterson
Bryan Peterson is also the author of "Learning to See Creatively" Additionally he writes a column on photography called "Picture Points," for the Popular Photography Magazine. He has acquired many photographic awards including the Print Magazine's Design Annual (4 times), Communication Arts Photography Annual (8 times), plus the New York Art Directors Gold Award. He resides in both Lyon, France and Seattle.
Nov 16, 2011
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