Understanding Exposure 4th Edition by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure should almost be a requirement for every person buying a DSLR or a camera with an “M” (manual) mode. Since it was first published, Understanding Exposure has provided a friendly, easy, and accessible way for everyone to learn to use their cameras to create beautiful images. I’ve been in the photography business for almost two decades and this book has always been my first recommendation (more than any classes or any other book) when pressed for help with cameras. It really is that impressive of a resource and now has been completely revised and updated with all new pictures and new information.


At heart, the book is about what it says – exposure. Exposure is not hard – honestly, any photographer will tell you that it is all about the choices made by the person taking the image with regards to the right aperture, shutter, and ISO. Peterson calls the triangle and once those are understood, it’s easy to make consistently beautiful images. Topics in the book build upon those three slowly yet thoroughly, showing graphically as well as with words how choices affect the final image.

Beyond the exposure triangle, little nuggets of great information are interspersed throughout. The images in the book are inspiring and the tone very friendly. It’s for a very good reason that the book has been so successful over the last decade – Peterson makes it easy to put away the camera manual and get the most important basics down to start taking consistently good images.

For those interested in what has changed and if they want to update their old copy, all the images have been updated and new sections added: An expanded section on flash, star trails, flashlights for in-camera creativity.

Really, this is *the* book for learning photography. Highest recommendation, especially for a thorough and inspiring set of updates to an already excellent resource. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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