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Review of "Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers" by Harold Davis

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"Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers" by Harold Davis is a great choice for beginning and experienced photographers. The information presented is basic enough for a beginner to understand but not so simple as to bore a more experienced photographer. Detailed explanations and a well thought out scope make this book a must for every photographer's bookshelf.

Pros

  • Logical Order of Chapters
  • Lots of Example Images with Technical Data

Cons

  • Would Like to See More Portrait Information and Tips

Description

  • Chapter 1 - Understanding Exposure
  • Chapter 2 - Working with Aperture
  • Chapter 3 - Selecting Shutter Speed
  • Chapter 4 - ISO and Noise
  • Chapter 5 - Using Light
  • Chapter 6 - Digital Darkroom

Guide Review - Review of "Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers" by Harold Davis

"Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers" by Harold Davis tackles photography lighting from a digital angle but holds fast to traditional ideas of becoming proficient in understanding how to control your camera. Instead of treating a digital camera as an "easy way out", Mr. Davis shows readers how digital is simply another tool in a photographer's kit. There are no "forbidden settings" in this book. From fully manual exposure manipulations to the best use of preset camera modes, Mr. Davis takes photographers through a detailed journey in learning to control light in order to capture the best photograph possible. Numerous photographs are included with complete technical details to better help readers visually understand the cause and effect of camera settings. The chapters are logically arranged and allow information in each chapter to build upon the previous one. The only drawback to this book is that portrait photography really isn't touched on much. While light is light, I would have liked to see a little bit about tricky portrait lighting situations as these are often particularly difficult for digital photographers. Situations such as when you have a subject wearing light clothes with dark skin or a dark-complexion subject next to a light-complexion subject would have been a nice addition to the book.
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