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Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second

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The first book in the Understanding Photography series, Understanding Exposure, was a runaway best-seller, with more than 250,000 copies sold. Now author Bryan Peterson brings his signature style to another important photography topic: shutter speed. With clear, jargon-free explanations of terms and techniques, plus compelling “before-and-after” photos that pair a mediocre ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Amphoto Books (first published April 2007)
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Mar 31, 2011 Eileen rated it really liked it
This book has some creative ideas of things you can w/ shutter speed. Most of it won't help with everyday photography (although I had one "ah ha" moment about photographing an active toddler--use "burst" mode on your camera! duh!)
Here are some things I'd like to try:
1. Set WB to cloudy. I usually leave mine on auto. Will try this today.
2. Arial photography. Apparently it's possible from a commercial flight as long as you have a window seat and a clear window. Set shutter speed to 1/500.
3. To ca
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Jul 13, 2015 Pandeeswaran Bhoopathy rated it really liked it
One of the finest writings from Bryan Peterson. I like this book, albeit some of the contents are duplicated in "Exposure Solutions" book which i already completed reading. I recommend this book to all the entry to mid level photographers.
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May 11, 2010 Sebah Al-Ali rated it it was ok
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لطيف. يتناول فكرة تأثير سرعة إغلاق العدسة أثناء التصوير على الصور. أعجبتني كثيرا طريقة تناوله للشرح، حيث قام بتوضيح ما قدمه من خلال قياسات مفهومة و قدم عرضا لصور مختلفة تصور نفس الحدث لكن بإعدادات مختلفة ليسهل على القارئ فهم الاختلاف بينها.

مع ذلك، لأني شاهدت فيلما تعليميا للكاتب عن التصوير، لم أجد الكثير من الأشياء الجديدة في الكتاب. لكنه يبقى مفيدا.


"You will always attain the fastest possible shutter speed at any given ISO when you use the largest possible shutter opening. You will be a
Oct 02, 2009 ctwayfarer rated it it was amazing
Heavily borrows a lot of concepts and illustrations from his other book, "Understanding Exposure", yet goes into extensive detail on this niche of photography. I actually found the chapter on RAW imagery particularly interesting. He speaks of RAW as a kind of anti- neutral density filter; a filter (albeit digital) that by allowing the freedom of underexposing a bit (and making up for this in post-processing), can help you get that shutter speed a stop or two faster. Recommended reading.
Apr 16, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
This book is mostly a rehash of material from Understanding Exposure, with images re-used from other books as well. There are just enough new tidbits to make it worth reading, but not enough to make it worth adding to my photography library.
Dec 20, 2012 David rated it really liked it
again, nothing more as too much emphasize on understanding the basic of photography..large populations are ignoring the fact that shutter speed, exposure, ISO are the most fun part and fundamental for photography...get your lomo out and learn it.
Sep 21, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
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Hmmm...this book is a good book especially if you are not great with shutter speed. If you are already comfortable and have working knowledge of shutter speed this book might offer a few fun ideas but isn't great for general photography.
Jul 06, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it
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If you have a basic understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO play key roles in shooting manual, you'll learn a LOT from this book. Peterson's stuff is great for a crash course in better understanding your camera.
Jul 31, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
bryan makes it so easy to understand photographic principles. I already own his understanding exposure book and after reading this one I feel even more competent behind the lens. excited to find more from him
Dec 28, 2008 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
I like Bryan Peterson's books because he writes in a very straightforward, practical way and provides a wide range of useful information. He doesn't get overly technical just for the sake of being technical.
May 01, 2012 Jakenv rated it really liked it
Most photographers have this in the library and share with beginners. Bryan is excellent teacher so you cannot go wrong with any of his books.
Dec 02, 2013 Deena rated it really liked it
Bryan Peterson always does a great job and this book is no exception.
Feb 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
A helpful guide for understanding the basics of moving subjects.
Timothy Champney
Aug 29, 2013 Timothy Champney rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that is part of a series on camera basics.
Dave Hood
Oct 12, 2013 Dave Hood rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for every aspiring photographer
Sep 18, 2009 Bakari rated it it was amazing
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Very useful book on the subject.
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Bryan F. Peterson has been a full-time commercial photographer since 1981, shooting assignments all over the world for many of the Fortune 500 companies, including Kodak, UPS, and American Expiress. He is also a contract stock photographer for Corbis and Getty. He has been a contributing editor at Outdoor Photographer Magazine and is currently a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Imagi ...more
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