Have you ever wondered how to get a spot on exposure for your outdoor photography and where to focus? Have you ever wanted to use the Zone system like Ansel Adams in the digital world without great complexity? Have you ever wanted to learn how the use your camera in manual mode for complete control over your camera? Then you will want to grab a copy of Michael Frye’s Exposure book where he teaches you these techniques and more.
Exposure is also great introduction to the basics of exposure and depth of field while in the context of landscape photography. Michael Frye has written a nicely concise book on the very important technique for getting your landscape photos looking their very best.
Whenever I help folks who are looking for advice on photography the very first topic I like to discuss with them is the exposure triangle. Michael starts his Exposure book off in the same manner with a very well done explanation of the topic and how you adjust each to suit the type of exposure you are trying to accomplish.
Michael also does a nice job of explaining f-stops, detailing what 1 stop versus 1/3 stop actually means and how changing shutter and aperture results in these changes. Not only is this provided in a technical sense, but what it means to the image you are trying to create.
When it comes to metering modes, Michael recommends a different approach than what I am used to and describes why this is his approach. It makes sense to me now and will certainly get a try out in the field.
Included in Michael’s description of getting an exposure spot on is his explanation of using histograms over light meters and stresses the use of using manual mode as a learning process to better understand shutter and aperture priority.
Ansel Adams took advantage of the Zone system to produce the stunning images he is well known for. These images include the widest range of dark to light possible. Michael takes the Zone system and shows you a less complicated approach to using it in the digital world.
Michael includes a few case studies in the book to practice the techniques he describes.
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