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Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure

The Professional's Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs

By Michael Freeman, Michael Freeman

  1. ISBN: 9780240811710
  2. Publication Date: March 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 192
  5. Price:
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Clear, direct and guaranteed, the perfect exposure method looks at the way professionals work, and lays out the decisions and sequences with absolute clarity, while incorporating the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Choosing the exposure for a photograph is infinitely complex and one of photography's most absorbing paradoxes because it affects everything in the image and its effect on the viewer. Understanding how and why exposure works is essential, not only because it helps you to decide what is instinctively "right," but this book will give you confidence in that decision--an invaluable skill for every single photographer. Full of beautiful photographs taken by Michael Freeman, this book will arm you with the tools you need for perfect exposure of your photographs.

Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs.

Author Bio

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.


* photographers amateur to advanced
* photography hobbyists who love gorgeous photos and Michael Freeman's work



Chapter 1: fast-track and foolproof

The basic method

The key decisions

Decision flow

Think brightness, exposure

Case study 1

Case study 2

Case study 3

Chapter 2: Technical Basics

Light on the sensor

Exposure terms

Exposure and noise

Sensor dynamic range

Highlight clipping and roll-off

Camera performance

Scene dynamic range

Contrast, high and low

Metering modes-basic and weighted

Metering modes-smart and predictive

Metering adjustments

Objectively correct

Handheld meter

Gray card

Key tones, key concept

Scene priorities

Exposure and color

Exposing for color


Chapter 3: The Twelve

First group (the range fits)

* Range fits-average key tones average

* Range fits-bright key tones bright

* Range fits-dark key tones bright

Second group (low range)

* Low-average average

* Low-bright bright

* Low-dark dark

Third group (high range)

* High-key average key tones average

Chapter 4: Style

Mood, not information

Personalized exposure

Memory tones


The zone system

What zones mean

Zone thinking

Exposing for black-and-white

High key

Light and bright


Highlight glow

Low key

In praise of shadows

Deep shadow choices

Another kind of low key


Irrelevant highlights and shadows

Brightness and attention

Chapter 5: post-processing

Choosing exposure later

Exposure, brightness, and lightness

Selective exposure

Post exposure control

HDR imaging

Exposure blending

Blending by hand