2nd Edition

Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure
The Professional's Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs

ISBN 9781138119857
Published October 22, 2015 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $38.95

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Book Description

This second edition of Michael Freeman’s best-selling Perfect Exposure continues the celebrated approach to understanding exposure by laying out the necessary decisions and sequences a photographer faces with absolute clarity and completely updated coverage of the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Choosing the exposure for a photograph is infinitely complex and one of photography's most absorbing paradoxes. Freeman clearly guides photographers in this book with a lucid and accessible method, using unique workflow illustrations, histograms, and clear, visual examples to explore the subtleties of the subject and enable you to shoot with confidence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fast-track and Foolproof

    • The basic method
    • The key decisions
    • Decision flow
    • Think brightness, exposure
    • Case study 1
    • Case study 2
    • Case study 3

Chapter 2: Technical

    • Light on the sensor
    • Exposure terms
    • Exposure and noise
    • New exposure strategy for high ISO
    • Sensor dynamic range
    • Highlight clipping and roll-off
    • Camera performance
    • Dynamic range: scene vs. camera
    • The exposure triangle updated
    • Contrast, high and low
    • Metering modes—basic and weighted
    • Metering modes—smart and predictive
    • Metering adjustments
    • Objectively correct
    • Handheld meters and gray cards
    • Key tones, key concept
    • Scene priorities
    • Exposure and color
    • Exposing for color
    • Bracketing

Chapter 3: The Twelve

    • First group (the range fits)
    • 1 Range fits—average
    • 2 Range fits—overall bright
    • 3 Range fits—overall dark
    • Second group (range easily fits)
    • 4 Range easily fits—average
    • 5 Range easily fits—overall bright
    • 6 Range easily fits—overall dark
    • Third group (out of range)
    • 7 Out of range—overall high contrast
    • 8 Out of range—large bright against dark
    • 9 Out of range—small bright against dark
    • 10 Out of range—edge-lit
    • 11 Out of range—large dark against bright
    • 12 Out of range—small dark against bright

Chapter 4: Style

    • Mood, not information
    • Personalized exposure
    • Memory tones
    • Envision
    • The zone system
    • What zones mean
    • Zone thinking
    • Exposing for black and white
    • High key
    • Light and bright
    • Flare
    • Highlight glow
    • Low key
    • In praise of shadows
    • Deep shadow choices
    • Another kind of low key
    • Silhouette
    • Irrelevant highlights and shadows
    • Brightness and attention

Chapter 5: post-processing

    • Choosing exposure later
    • Exposure, brightness, and lightness
    • Selective exposure
    • Post-exposure control
    • HDR imaging
    • Exposure blending
    • Blending by hand



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Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and National Geographic. Michael is the author of more than 20 photographic books, including the internationally bestselling Photographer’s Eye.