The Exposure Field Guide: The essential handbook to getting the perfect exposure in photography; any subject, anywhere, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Exposure Field Guide

The essential handbook to getting the perfect exposure in photography; any subject, anywhere, 1st Edition

By Michael Freeman


192 pages

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No one knows better than world-renowned travel photographer Michael Freeman how important it is to achieve great exposure in each and every image. In this handy field guide that you can tuck in your pocket and take along on your next photo adventure, he shares his secrets for getting a good exposure every single time - tips that are just as relevant for the hobbyist and home shooters as they are for someone with expertise ability. Lighting, technical information, and creative inspiration are discussed side-by-side in this essential guide for understanding exposure - the most fundamental aspect of photography.

Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.


"Focal Press is launching a new book series this spring. The Field Guide series is collection of pocket-sized how-to books that can easily slip into a photographer's camera bag. International photog Michael Freeman is the author of the first three books: The Photographer's Eye Field Guide, The DSLR Field Guide and The Exposure Field Guide. The first two are out; the third is coming soon. They will be followed by birding, wedding and landscape Field Guides later this summer and fall. This will increase your ability to get better photos through skill rather than luck."--press release posted on

"I'm reading Michael Freeman's The Exposure Field Guide for a review I will be posting soon. Initially, I was thinking that I could not imagine an entire book, even a relatively small one, on the subject of "exposure," especially since it deals with digital photography. How much could there be to say about the methods of getting good exposure when you can check the screen to see if there are red and blue areas blinking to tell you, generally, if you need to give a little more or less exposure. Well, as it turns out, there is plenty to say and Freeman is saying it well and a book I thought I would be skimming is being read rather carefully. Part of this is that he not only goes into the "how-tos" but also the "why-fors." I will save the rest of my comments on that until the review.g"

"The Exposure Field Guide is written all about lighting and getting a good exposure. It covers topics like using a gray card, using a handheld meter, exposing for color, metering modes, and lots of lighting scenarios. It includes lots of beautiful photographs as examples throughout the book. It is technical to be sure. However, I learned several new things while reading this book. This would be a good read for someone who is feeling comfortable with their camera, but wants some in-depth information about exposure."

"Would make fantastic Christmas gifts for the photographer in your life"--review in

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About the Author

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 Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)

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