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About Bryan Peterson

If you're someone who finds the concept of exposure overwhelming and confusing, the Understanding Exposure is the book you've been waiting for. Professional photographer Bryan Peterson demystifies this complex subject, making it easy to grasp. He explains how to successfully combine aperture, shutter speed, and film - the elements that compose what Peterson refers to as "the photographic triangle." He defines each element of the triangle and shows how it relates to the other two through the use of more than 100 side-by-side comparison pictures.

Peterson also discusses some fundamental methods for exploring your creative options. These include using the depth-of-field preview button, mounting your camera on a tripod in order to photograph in lowlight or at night, shooting closeups with macro lenses, blurring the subject, and pushing and pulling film. In the last section of the book, he describes special techniques for improving the quality of your photographs, such as making deliberate over- and underexposures, and how to produce multiple exposures, shoot the moon, bracket, and use filters effectively but sparingly.

Understanding Exposure reveals that you always have creative options about how you expose a picture- the decision is up to you, not your camera.

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Informative (6),Easy to understand (5),Well written (5),Deserves multiple readings (4),New ideas (4),Relevant (4)
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Reference (5)
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Bryan Peterson Specifications

144 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.34 x 11.02 x 8.28
Amphoto; (November 1990)

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A fun and easy to understand book

I've learned so much from Bryan Peterson

Reviewed by 6 customers


I am loving this book!


from Puerto Rico  -  Everyday Reader

I have learned so much from studying this book. Bryan Peterson explains in easy to understand language, how to take better pictures. I feel my photography just took a leap ahead.


Well Worth the Read


from San Francisco, CA  -  Bookworm

Good foundational material for someone starting out in photography and a good reference to check your approach to image making.


Irreplaceable Source Guide


from Marysville, CA  -  Everyday Reader

Assisting in progressing in the field of photography

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best photo book to buy


from San Antonio Texas  -  Everyday Reader

Learned photography back in 1968. This book is the best I have read to help me to re-establish how to use my camera in manual mode to the fullest capacity. Mr. Peterson's book is easy to read and understand. Excited about re-learning all that I had forgotten. Thank you Bryan for this wonderful book.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great book


from medford.nj  -  Everyday Reader

nice easy to read and informative book.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A fun and easy to understand book


from Belmont,Ca  -  Rarely Read

I've learned so much from Bryan Peterson


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GILBERT C  Started taking pictures back in1969. Went to school for photography. Over the years, I have forgotten most of what I learned. Bryan's book re-taught all I had forgotten.
Dave M  Will this book be helpful with digital cameras?
JOSEPH B  Absolutely! Speaking as a photographer since 1966, I can honestly say that this book nails it and does so in a highly readable, straight forward style. Also, get Bryan's "Understanding Electronic Flash Exposure." If you get these 2 books you will never need another source of instruction on these subjects....End of Story! Also, be sure to watch Bryan's "How-To" videos here on Adorama TV. They are succinct, no-nonsense, to the point, and often amusing. Other presenters tend to be wordy and tedious. Bryan's instructional videos are just like his seminar's: packed with useful information and a pleasure to see. I hope this information is helpful to you. jb
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