Exposure Book Reviews
Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies is receiving high praise from beginners, experienced photographers, and professionals alike.
Jennifer Blakeley, Professional Photographer wrote:
"Loved this book, and the author's easy to follow writing style. I am a professional photographer, and was given this book as a gift. It is a great reference book, and an awesome tool for learning. Photography doesn't have to be so difficult, and this book is a great manual to anyone looking to learn more about exposure basics . . . or even other professional photographers looking for a re-fresh course and a fresh perspective! Very useful, and easy to follow!€"
Jennifer does beautiful portraits which you can see at Jennifer Blakeley Photography. She is also the talented the creator of Alphabet Photography. One of her recent projects is the creation of the human alphabet in cooperation with Gymnastics Canada to support their trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In his eNewsletter, digital photography expert Tim Grey wrote:
"As you know, I tend to focus most of my energy on helping photographers
with their images after the capture. I do lead a variety of field photography workshops, but my focus tends to be more on what happens after the picture is actually taken. When it comes to the actual capture, the most common questions I hear from photographers relate to exposure. I've recently discovered a book that helps photographers truly understand exposure, and that knowledge can dramatically improve the quality of your digital photos. The book is Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies,
authored by Jim Doty, Jr., and published by Wiley. This book provides you with everything a photographer needs to know in order to truly understand exposure and how it affects the original capture."
Sarah (an email from a new photographer in Ireland)
Starting chapter 3 now. So far so good. Great actually. Very informative, especially the small print under each photograph. That is very handy. Anyways just want to say thanks. I am pretty clueless when it comes to cameras so I'm counting on you! Haha :)
The reviews below are all from Amazon.com. They all gave Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies a five star rating. You can also read all of these reviews here.
JWW - A real help for digital photography
A well written and illustrated book on photography in general as well as digital photography. This book clearly explains the hows and whys of the features of your camera. If you wonder why the "Auto" setting only works part of the time and how to make the camera take the great pictures that you really want, this is the book for you. Don't let the title fool you. Anyone that wants to take better photos will find this book a helpful resource you will want to keep handy.
Craig - Great introduction
Not just for the advanced! Exposure is a scary word, but don't be intimidated. This book is a great introduction for people just starting to take more
control of their digital cameras. These cameras have a ton of functionality that people don't take use. Clear explanations and examples are presented so you can learn quickly and take more advanced shots.
seventybob - for dummies and above
Easy to read and understand, wonderful images, examples, and practicum, and room to grow are just a few of the things that came to mind as I looked at this book. I see simple things that can immediately help my photographic creativity, and lots of stuff to experiment with and grow into as I find myself at a plateau in some phase of my photography. I would (and have already) recommend this book to persons at any stage of a photo hobby or even a more serious person looking to possibly create a career. I can't wait to try to capture images similar to those displayed in the book. Thanks for the lessons.
LKO - I finally know how to properly use my digital camera!
An absolute must read before using your digital camera! I loved the book. It helped to explain how to properly use my camera & get the BEST pics. I hate reading directions especially the ones which came with my camera. This book actually makes it enjoyable to learn. The pictures used throughout the book are a plus and the text is easily understandable. Thank you! An added bonus are the amazing scenic pictures. Since Christmas is coming, I bought two extra books as gifts. It's perfect for the avid photographer and even the Mom who occasionally takes pictures and would like them to be great!
Jim Lehman - An excellent book for photographers with any level of interest!
As a photo teacher for over 30 years, I only wish this book had been available earlier. In a heart beat I would have assigned this book as a text for all of my photo classes from Basic Camera to Advanced. The concepts are well presented and easy to understand. The use of exposure guides is well presented, especially the Black Cat Extended Range Exposure Guide. I highly recommend this book as an addition to photographers with any level of interest.
Jim Hannah - Not Just for Dummies
When I learned that Jim Doty had authored a text on "Digital Photography Exposure" I had great expectations, because in pre-retirement years I had on several occasions selected his images for the cover of the international magazine I then edited. I was not disappointed, and have been inspired by his text to ramp up my own photographic skills closer to the professional level he explains and illustrates so clearly. My only concern is that potential purchasers might have the impression that a "For Dummies" text is just for beginners; this is far from the case. I have long enjoyed photography both as part of my vocation, and as a rewarding avocation. What I found was that Doty's book helped me understand how to better understand and control the dimensions of photography that distinguish mere snapshots from true artistic expressions. This is done in a very engaging and readable manner, with personal stories and color photos that illustrate the principles and practices, and even cartoons and call outs to break up the text and aid memory. Whether just beginning in photography, or seeking to move to the next level, I feel confident those who purchase this text will find it very helpful and engaging.
H. F. Corbin "Foster Corbin" - A Wealth of Information
This book has a lot going for it. First of all, the illustrations are many, in vivid color and are evidence that Mr. Doty practices what he
preaches. There is a wealth of information here and it is arranged to help the beginning photographer get started with a SLR digital camera-- the author recommends that camera over a point-and-shoot-- as well as assist those more advanced hone their skills to get more beautiful, interesting photographs.
35-year Technology Consumer "8-tracks to 802.11" - Great choice for photographers of any skill level...
...and the author does NOT treat you like a Dummy!
William Polm "bill197" - Digital Photograph Explained in Depth
If you own or plan to own a digital SLR or high-end point and shoot (the type that provides manual controls) and want to learn more than
photography 101, here's the book for you. And, as the author/photographer points out at the beginning, about 90% of what's in his book applies to film camera photography and not just the digital type.
Beth Saboori - A Learning Experience for Me
No matter how much you know about a subject, you can always learn more
and this book really proved that to me. I've been taking pictures for years and I thought I really understood my camera, but after finishing the first chapter in Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, I learned that I still had much to learn.
Dave Mayer - Made Me a Better Photographer
Photography has been my hobby for a lot of years and I thought I had a
pretty good handle on it. But after a few minutes with this book I saw that I still had a lot to learn. To be sure, a lot of this book was review for me and a lot of it jogged my memory and brought to the fore stuff I'd learned back in school.
Island Dreamer - Will Teach You How to Get the Perfect Exposure
Getting the right exposure can be complicated once you take your camera off automatic. Understanding exposure can be daunting for the newbie. I
know it was for me, but this book made it all so clear.
Shane Shogren - Will Make You a Better Photographer
I got two books Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies and Digital Photography Exposure For Dummies for my wife, who has been jealous of me and my photography for years. She finally decided she wanted to know as much about it as me and she wanted her own camera and not just a little point and shoot. She exclaimed that she really wanted to get into it.
Jana Greer - Makes Understanding Exposure Easy for a Novice Like Me
The man at my local camera store told me that the green square on the dial of my Canon Rebel was the dummy mode. Well, I've taken tons of
pictures in the dummy mode and almost all of them come out fine. But I didn't like being thought of as a dummy.
Robert B. Gillies - A very well written book
The book is unusually well written and well organized with good illustrations and clear explanations. The information is presented in such a way as to make it very useful and practical. Even if you already know much of the information the book helps to reinforce or to remind you what a difference certain techniques can have on your photos. I really liked the chapter on working with light. Also the chapter on metering. While the book emphasizes exposure it covers a lot more than that. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in photography. I took a lot of photos over fifty years ago when I was in high school with a Contaflex I but recently I bought a Nikon D 7000 so I needed to be updated a bit. I have bought several photography books during the past year but this is perhaps the most helpful one. This book combines well with a good book on your specific camera. The idea behind the For Dummies series is that they are instructional but I don't like the word Dummies. This book is very instructional but it wouldn't help you much if you were dumb.
February 17, 2011
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