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Understanding Exposure

A long time ago, Chris purchased a DSLR camera. To be honest, this fancy camera sits in a closet in our basement mostly unused. It gets packed for trips but we never end up taking it out of the car with us, as our iPhones seem to capture 99% of our pictures. A shame, really.

And while I am being honest, I will go ahead and tell you that I have no clue how to use the said fancy DSLR camera. Not even a little. Like I don’t even know if I know how to turn it on or snap a picture with it. The thing is, I want to. I want to start taking more pictures of our every day lives, and better quality pictures in general.┬áThat is why I got Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

Understand Exposure

Understanding Exposure is obviously about exposure, but so much more! You learn about exposure, white balance, finding creative exposure. There is a section on aperture, shutter speed, light and it’s importance, and all kinds of information about flash. There is even a section dedicated to special techniques that talks about polarizing filters and multiple exposures.

This book includes beautiful photography that demonstrates the skills that you are learning. There are comparison pictures to show you the difference in lighting, filters, motion, shutter speed, etc. The book explains how you can use all these skills together to create beautiful pictures.

One of the most interesting parts for me was the sections dedicated to starlight and light painting. The stars out here away from the city are so amazing at night and I never tire of looking at them. To be able to capture that on camera would be amazing!!! And who doesn’t like to have fun with light painting?!

There is so much to learn about photography. I am not trying to become a professional by any means, but I certainly feel more informed having read this book. I think there is something in it for everyone, whether you are just starting out like me…or if you are a little more advanced but have room for improvement.

You can learn more about the book here, and meet the author here. Add it to your TBR list with Goodreads here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply Kay R. May 19, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I have never fully learned to use my fancy cam. Maybe I should get this. No joke.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders May 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I’m slowly learning how to use our DSLR. It does take a lot of practice, but practicing can be a lot of fun!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis May 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Sounds like a great book. I’m still confused by all my DSLR features and I did a full photography course online! lol The course taught about exposure, white balance and all of those things but I still feel overwhelmed when I go to use my camera in different settings. Clearly I need to read more articles and books to fully understand.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo May 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    There’s so much to learn about those DSLR cameras… but once you get it, you’ll love taking pictures even more.

  • Reply kristen May 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

    i know this goes against all the blogging laws but i really don’t care to ever own a fancy camera… i know. maybe one day i will eat my words, but i have a fancy-ish point & shoot (fancy and point & shoot have never been in the same sentence before) and i have my iphone. i’m good lol. there is no doubt that dslr’s take better photos, i just don’t mind, you know?

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots May 19, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I’m awful at getting out and using my fancy camera, I need to be better about actually getting it out and messing around with it!

  • Reply Kaitlyn May 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I totally agree. No matter how much you know about cameras, there’s always something to be learned. My sister is younger than me, but took the same photography class as me, and I swear she learned how to work manual mode 1,000x better than me lol. Her pictures look amazing. She’s mastering manual mode like a beast. I’m so jealous!

  • Reply carly May 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This is such a good review– we are so guilty of only using our iphones for pictures and then later on being annoyed we don’t have better photos from a trip or event.

  • Reply Lindsay May 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I have a DSLR, too, and i’ll use it sometimes… but it’s a little too fancy for me. Plus, like you, my iPhone is much more convenient! There’s so many tutorials out there but I think a book is more my speed!

  • Reply Emelia May 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Chuck got me a book for Christmas to learn our nice DSLR. I have yet to pick it up, but it’s a goal. Camera’s scare me…I love playing around with pictures, editing, setting up shots…but a camera….no way. haha. I use it, but I need to master it. This sounds like a great book!

  • Reply May 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

    i am awful at taking pics, so i need all the help i can get!!

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