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Exposure : from snapshots to great shots
Revell, Jeff, author.
Personal Author:
2nd edition.
Publication Information:
[San Francisco, California] : Peachpit Press, [2014]

Physical Description:
xiii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
What is exposure? -- Exposure tools -- Shooting modes -- See the light -- On the move -- Say cheese! -- Landscape photography -- Mood lighting -- Creative compositions -- Advanced techniquest -- Pimp my ride.
Format :


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Material Type
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TR591 .R48 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TR591 .R48 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TR591 .R48 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this exciting update to the first edition of Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots (9780321741295)--which has sold over 20,000 net units since its 2010 release--Jeff Revell fully refreshes the book to include new images and new techniques.

Now that you've bought an amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots, and that begins with understanding the fundamental principles of great photography. With Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, popular photographer Jeff Revell starts with the basics of light, including how it works, and how to see it. In order to leverage this new understanding of light in your photography, Jeff walks the reader through one of the most important photographic principles--the exposure triangle: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Learning to apply these three elements together is the gateway to both technical and creative control of your photography. The book covers all key camera features that affect exposure (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) including Aperture Priority mode, Shutter Priority mode, and Exposure Compensation. Throughout the course of the book, the reader will gain an understanding of exposure for many different situations, such as taking portraits, action shots, landscapes, and more. Additionally, Jeff covers techniques that many DSLRs now have helpfully built into their hardware, such as panoramas, in-camera HDR, and even time-lapse photography.

Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Author Notes

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education and instruction. Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular "PhotoWalk Pro" blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography technique and editing of digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks have made him one of the most sought after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education. Jeff lives in the Washington, DC, area. Find him online at

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 What is Exposure?: Learning the Basicsp. 1
Poring Over the Picturep. 2
Poring Over the Picturep. 4
The Basic Definitionp. 6
How Is Exposure Calculated?p. 11
Over-and Underexposurep. 12
What Is a Proper Exposure?p. 13
Chapter 1 Assignmentsp. 15
Chapter 2 Exposure Tools: How Your Camera Determines Exposure...and Morep. 17
Poring Over the Picturep. 18
Poring Over the Picturep. 20
Measuring Lightp. 22
Metering Modesp. 24
The Value of the Histogramp. 28
Check Your "Blinkies"p. 30
Setting the Correct White Balancep. 30
Using the Right Format: RAW vs. JPEGp. 32
Chapter 2 Assignmentsp. 35
Chapter 3 Shooting Modes: Picking the Right Shooting Mode for the Jobp. 37
Poring Over the Picturep. 38
Poring Over the Picturep. 40
Program Modep. 42
Shutter Priority Modep. 44
Aperture Priority Modep. 46
Manual Modep. 48
A Few Words about Automatic Modesp. 50
Chapter 3 Assignmentsp. 57
Chapter 4 See the Light: Understanding the Properties of Light and How to Use Itp. 61
Poring Over the Picturep. 62
Poring Over the Picturep. 64
Types of Lightp. 66
Quality of Lightp. 72
Direction of Lightp. 75
Chapter 4 Assignmentsp. 78
Chapter 5 On the Move: The Tricks to Shooting Sports and Morep. 81
Poring Over the Picturep. 82
Poring Over the Picturep. 84
Stop Right There!p. 86
Using Shutter Priority Mode to Stop Motionp. 89
Using Aperture Priority Mode to Isolate Your Subjectp. 91
Using Auto ISO the Right Wayp. 92
Keep Them in Focus with Continuous Focus and Focus Point Selectionp. 94
Manual Focus for Anticipated Actionp. 96
Keeping Up with the Continuous Shooting Modep. 97
A Sense of Motionp. 98
Tips for Shooting Actionp. 100
Chapter 5 Assignmentsp. 104
Chapter 6 Say Cheese!: Settings and Features to Make Great Portraitsp. 107
Poring Over the Picturep. 108
Poring Over the Picturep. 110
Automatic Portrait Modep. 112
Using Aperture Priority Modep. 113
Metering Modes for Portraitsp. 115
Using the Exposure Lock Featurep. 116
Focusing: The Eyes Have Itp. 117
Classic Black and White Portraitsp. 118
The Portrait Preset for Better Skin Tonesp. 119
Use Fill Flash for Reducing Shadowsp. 120
People on the Movep. 121
Tips for Shooting Better Portraitsp. 122
Chapter 6 Assignmentsp. 129
Chapter 7 Landscape Photography: Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Landscape Photographyp. 131
Poring Over the Picturep. 132
Poring Over the Picturep. 134
Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripodsp. 136
Selecting the Proper ISOp. 137
Selecting a White Balancep. 139
Using the Landscape Picture Enhancementp. 141
Taming Bright Skies with Exposure Compensationp. 142
Shooting Beautiful Black and White Landscapesp. 143
The Golden Lightp. 146
Where to Focusp. 147
Easier Focusingp. 149
Making Water Fluidp. 150
Directing the Viewer: A Word about Compositionp. 152
Shooting Panoramasp. 156
Chapter 7 Assignmentsp. 160
Chapter 8 Mood Lighting: Shooting When the Lights Get Lowp. 163
Poring Over the Picturep. 164
Poring Over the Picturep. 166
Raising the ISO: The Simple Solutionp. 168
Using Very High ISOsp. 170
Stabilizing the Situationp. 171
Focusing in Low Lightp. 172
Shooting Long Exposuresp. 174
Using the Built-in Flashp. 175
Compensating for the Flash Exposurep. 176
Reducing Red-Eyep. 177
Rear Curtain Syncp. 179
Flash and Glassp. 181
A Few Words about External Flashp. 182
Chapter 8 Assignmentsp. 184
Chapter 9 Creative Compositions: Improve Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elementsp. 187
Poring Over the Picturep. 188
Poring Over the Picturep. 190
Depth of Fieldp. 192
Anglesp. 194
Point of Viewp. 196
Patternsp. 197
Colorp. 198
Contrastp. 199
Leading Linesp. 201
Splitting the Framep. 202
Frames within Framesp. 204
Chapter 9 Assignmentsp. 205
Chapter 10 Advanced Techniques: Impress Your Family and Friendsp. 207
Poring Over the Picturep. 208
Poring Over the Picturep. 210
Spot Meter for More Exposure Controlp. 212
Shooting High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imagesp. 215
Manual Modep. 218
Avoiding Lens Flarep. 220
Using the Sun Creativelyp. 221
Macro Photographyp. 222
Customize Your White Balancep. 223
Shoot in Bursts for Steadier Imagesp. 223
Shooting through Obstructionsp. 224
Zoom During Exposurep. 226
Chapter 10 Assignmentsp. 227
Chapter 11 Pimp My Ride: Upgrades and Accessories to Expand Your Camera's Creative Potentialp. 229
Filtersp. 230
Tripodsp. 235
Cable Releasep. 237
Macro Photography Accessoriesp. 237
Hot-Shoe Flashesp. 239
Diffusersp. 240
Camera Bagsp. 240
Bits and Piecesp. 241
Conclusionp. 243
Indexp. 244