Focus on Light and Exposure in Digital Photography [Book Review]

Focus on Light and Exposure in Digital Photography [Book Review]

Focus on Light and Exposure in Digital Photography.jpgWithout light you can’t make a photograph. Too much or too little and you risk the shot to fail — or succeed, because it breaks the rules.

Without doubt, the management of light, via selection of the most appropriate lens aperture and shutter speed, is the key to successful and satisfying photography.

A book such as ‘Focus on Light and Exposure in Digital Photography‘ is very welcome and will answer many questions for beginners and help revise the more proficient’s current knowledge base.

As author Schaub says “the better you expose and set up the image when you record it, the less work you have to do later when you process it.”

The books is set up with a series of short tutorials and while the technology of cameras — film and digital — is paid attention to, the book concentrates on the ways to polish your techniques.

Under discussion early on is the role of the ISO setting and how to use it to your advantage. The relationship between sensitivity (ISO), lens aperture and exposure time is explained, as is the effect of image noise in high ISO settings.
The next topic is the lens aperture and its effect on depth of field in the photograph. Control of sharpness in a photograph is often the key that distinguishes a compelling image from a snapshot.

Following topics: the role of shutter speed; selecting Program AE, shutter speed or aperture priority; reading histograms; bracketing exposures for night shooting; manual exposure; light quality and colour temperature; shooting high or low key; colour temperature; high and low contrast scenes; using different metering patterns.

The book closes by offering help with the post editing stage: adjusting the tone curve; dealing with RAW files; High Dynamic Range processing. Just ten pages! Pity it’s not more … but then that should lead you to another book.

An excellent book for the info needy and the wise!

Author: G Schaub.
Publisher: Lark Books.
Distributor: Capricorn Link.
Length: 111 pages.
ISBN 978 1 60059 636 0.
Price: Get a price on Focus on Light and Exposure in Digital Photography at Amazon.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

Some Older Comments

  • Kiran March 10, 2011 05:56 am

    Seems like a great book! Thanks for the review, I've added it on my wishlist :)

  • Jim Harmer March 10, 2011 12:03 am

    Looks like a cool book

  • Erik Kerstenbeck March 9, 2011 01:14 pm


    I liked this book review, so I will likey buy the book! I can never read enough about lighting and exposure. Every author has a slightly different spin and I tuck those gems of knowledge away for when it comes time to shoot.

    I tried to apply some of the principles mentioned in the review in this shot. Low ISO, large DOF, Flash WB, High Key and Contrast against a black surface makes for a cool picture of Ice!


    Regards, Erik
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art

    PS Cant wait for the book to arrive

  • Rick Rouse March 9, 2011 11:46 am

    Thanks for the great review Mr. Smith. I just ordered a copy of my own from Amazon.

  • Mary Nolan March 9, 2011 08:47 am

    Thank you for this review. I've been looking for something like this. I am an amateur but keen photographer and am interested in improving the quality of my shots. I have just ordered the book. For anyone buying books, the book depository web site has free postage worldwide.