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Q about book - Understanding Exposure (Bryan Peterson)
A friend gave me this book a month ago. I was just about to read it now that I've gotten a new dSLR and really want to learn everything I can about my camera and photography when I realized it's written (it seems) solely in the voice of film camera. Then I looked at Amazon and realized it's the old version and there's a new version which relates to digital..

Just wanted to clarify here - is the new version really more specific to digital? Should I put away the book I have now? I don't want to confuse myself anymore than I need to - but the version I have talks all about film speed and I'm assuming I might be less confused by a version that talks digital. Yes?..

Comments (7)

As I recall there's not much difference between editions. And nothing to worry about: the old film related books translate well into the digital world. With digital you just have the added benefit of changing ISO between exposures..

In addition, many of the new specifically _digital_ books seem quite shallow in comparison with some good old books related to film, easily found in libraries..

Tapio..

Comment #1

I do not like the book, and think both versions are confusing..

So my first advcice is, do not spend money on a new edition..

Second, the one big difference betwen the old version and new is that discussion about lenses in the old/film version is based almost exclusively on 35mm size film..

Lenses on digital cameras have "see" differently, depending on the siuze of the sensor..

So when Peterson mentions a focal length like 135mm, for some particular purpose, you might need to use that same size lens on a digital camera (Canon 5D or 1Ds, both of which are expensive) or you might need to use a different focal length, like 85mm on a Canon Digital REbel or almost any good Nikon, to get the same amount in your shot..

Other than that light is light, glare is glare, ISO is (for all practical purposes) ISO, and so on..

Bottom line: look through the book, learn a bit, but it's not worh spending hours trying to comprehend every sentence..

BAK..

Comment #2

Thanks BAK..

Which book would you recommend then? I'm all for a book that will make the most confusing bits easy to understand. After all, I have two small children at home and therefore limited time, but I do really, really want to learn all of this in depth...

Comment #3

I did like that book, but I guess I have the updated version (with the picture of the house on the front). Scott Kelby is another author often promoted here.http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=27287861.

JonGive me something to shoot..

Comment #4

To some extent digital is very similar to film. The lower the iso the purer the image and the more saturated with information the better the image. It is similar in some respects to sound recording, the key is to saturate the medium with information before clipping occurs..

I hope this is helpful. You can see some samples of the digital work I do at http://www.brucekersten.com..

Comment #5

There's a lot of books in the stores..

Can you get yourself to a decent b ook store?.

If so, look for books by Tom Ang and John Hedgecoe, and then flip through them..

Both authors have written excellent books, but it's up to you to determine which is best for you. Look for pictures of computer screen, and decide if there are too many or too few. Same for diagrams of camera parts,like inside lenses and diaphrams and sensor technology..

Look for pictuires of things and people, and take a look at the captions. Do they seem to propvide you with useful info that meets your needs? Are there several realted shots, to show what the differences are between shutter speeds, for instance?.

And look for "digital" in the title, or at least on the cover..

BAK..

Comment #6

I found a very interesting tutorial called PhotoshopCafe: Perfect Exposure for Digital Photography. "The video will change the way you use your camera! Understanding the zone system is essential for capturing great photos.".

This material significantly changed the way I approach taking pictures. It teaches how to use the Zone System for Digital Photography..

By the way, I do not represent any company nor do I sell anything. My inputs are strictly to be a good member of this forum, and are my own opinion...

Comment #7

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