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Old Sep 9, 2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default A recommended book/website about light&exposure in photography

I want to buy a good recommended book about light&exposure in photography and it's effect on the whole process of taking the picture, and of location, time, reflections etc. As light is, IMHO, the "heart" of all photography, I want to fully understand it so I can become better with the shots I take and to improve to the next level and beyond.

I'm also interested in recommended websites about this subject, although a book suits me better(maybe I'm old fashioned...)

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Old Sep 9, 2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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For all intents and purposes, your camera knows more about light than you could ever learn.

I suggest you concentrate on composition, and let the camera do all the heavy lifting.
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Old Sep 9, 2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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For all intents and purposes, your camera knows more about light than you could ever learn.

I suggest you concentrate on composition, and let the camera do all the heavy lifting.
I shoot only in manual mode, and also want to understand this subject to the fullest, as now I need to take a few shots until I get one or two decent shots that are acceptable.
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G'day RFE

Oh mate - you are doing it the hard way > but when you have succeeded, you will be a very knowledgeable camera user [no offence meant here]

I would suggest you google 'focal press books' and choose from their extensive list of topics

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As well as books, I'd strongly suggest spending time in art galleries. Look at the best photos and try to figure out what makes them the best.

The game has changed over the past few years, but the great photos of the past are still great. Learn how to see why they are great.
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 1:22 AM   #6
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A good and inexpensive book I recommend to many people who want to get started in taking control of lighting is Understanding Exposure
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hi what camera do you have and what do you shoot
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hi what camera do you have and what do you shoot
I have a Canon 550D DSLR camera with a Sigma 18-250 HSM lens. I mostly shoot wildlife, nature and urban, but I want to know more about light&exposure for my photography in general.
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I'm with Peter. Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" gets to grips with all the points you raised. Well worth the money spent imho. After I bought the book I also did the online course at PPSOP with Bryan and Chris Hurt. You get to do assignments and discuss your photos, shooting styles, any problems you had etc. with Bryan and Chris + other course members on a dedicated forum.
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