Though it is certainly not a 'classic' in that it is 2007 I found 'Exposure and Lighting for Digital Photographers Only', to be pretty comprehensive and also enjoyable reading..
It makes for good refresher reading and reference, especially for those of us that came to digital from film..
ISBN-13:978-0-470-03869-7 Wiley Publishing.
It is not an advanced level text but you may learn from it..
'There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care who gets the credit.'-Philip Hyde (1922-2006)http://yorkiedad.smugmug.com..
Thanks so much for the info. I found that book while searching Amazon but did not have any way of selecting it over any of the others listed. I really get a kick out of dpreview and the depth and breadth of knowledge people are willing to share at this site. Curt on Cape Cod..
I also recommend Exposure and Lighting by Michael Meadhra and Charlotte Lowrie..
In addition to that book I recommend:Exposure Handbook by Chris Weston.ISBN# 1861084307. It is in print and available from all online bookstores...
I've found that a lightmeter is a great learning tool. With mine (sekonic) you can set it in EV mode and run around and check lighting conditions. You quickly learn about how light falls off near a window, for example. Plus in many cases your meter can give you the correct manual settings for your shot..
Exposure is just a combination of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. without flash/VR/IS/tripod you need a fast enough shutter speed to avoid camera shake and unintended subject motion blur and to get that shutter speed may require lowering your F or raising ISO (or turning on some more lights). if you have enough shutter speed then you can try different F settings as one way to control how much of the picture is in focus (if you want a blurry background try a low F or for a landscape maybe you want to be at f11 and for a macro maybe even a higher F than that)..
No replacement for experimentation. take lots of pics using different settings and study the results carefully and adjust. you'll quickly get the hang of it. reading books is fine but you really need for it to all become intuitive so you can make quick decisions in the field and at least for me that required lots of practice. It's still a struggle knowing exactly what F value to use since DOF (depth of field) depends on several factors so I tend to bracket my F values...
Try Understanding Exposure by Peterson, Amphoto Books. -sd.
I consider that a classic! Get it, is all I can say...
I am looking for a really good, classic, readable textbook onexposure. Something basic but comprehensive. Any help appreciated. Idid a search on the lighting forum but found nothing like what I amasking about. Curt on Cape Cod.
Don't get a book just yet. Go to Photocamel Forums, the "Photography Talk" forum, find the "Understanding Exposure" thread (by KellyL) and read that. It's a better education than most books on the subject. Then, if you want, get a book...
Further to the above post, I have the book:.
"Exposure"by Chris WestonAVA Publishing, 2006.(www.avabooks.ch).
This pretty well covers the bases...
I just bought this book and it is excellent.Keith..