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掌握光線就能拍出好照片,而攝影也是一門控光的學問,所以怎麼了解光並控制它可以說是攝影的核心...

台灣一般市面上的攝影書籍對於曝光的東西幾乎都是簡單帶過,剩下的就是要靠攝影者自己去摸索,其實也不是因為作者偷懶,曝光這種東西如果真的想要窺其奧,可以寫一本書,這裡就要推薦這本書。


我想要推薦的就是這本Exposure and Lighting For Digital Photographers Only,台灣有沒有進口我不知道,但是我是幾年前在 Amazon.com亞馬遜買的。如果你對曝光的原理和應用方式很有興趣,那你一定要參考這本書。


或許是語言的關係,我總覺得(英語系)老外在寫東西都很清楚,甚至到了有點廢話的境界,但好處是你可以真的理解和看懂。


如果你能把前五章看完看懂,我想曝光的東西大概都難不倒你了。而這本書除了曝光以外還含蓋了很多攝影實務的內容,那麼好的攝影書我不明白為什麼台灣沒出版社要翻譯出版,超級可惜,像我這種英文白痴讀起來還真吃力。


我們先來看一下作者(Michael Meadhra & Charlotte K.Lowrie)在序言裡怎麼說:


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When I talked to some of  my photographer friends about this book, they were surprised by the "For Digital Photographers Only" part of the title.They usually made some comment to the effect that, although digital imaging has revolutionized many things about photography, exposure and lighting are still pretty much the same whether you shoot digital or film.


That's an understandable response from a bunch of former film photographers who gradually migrated to digital photography. They learned to do everything manually with film, and they've adapted that knowledge and experience to the new digital photography tools.


However, the title makes more sense for the new generation of photographers who may have never used a camera without auto-focus and auto-exposure capabilities. All those automatic features are great, but sometimes even the best automation fails, and the photographer must override the camera's automatic settings to get the shot. And sometimes you just want to exercise more creative control. The problem is that the automation that makes normal shooting so much easier can actually make manual overrides harder. Today's highly automated digital cameras tend to hide and disguise fundamentals that were obvious on old manual cameras......(略)


在這三段序言裡大概就把現今很多投入攝影新手為什麼學不好曝光或理解攝影原理的原因說的一清二楚了,一切都是因為現在的數位相機都太強了,太"聰明",易用,幾乎可以說任何一個使用者拿到相機就可以拍到不錯的照片。(開到P模式,開auto,連小孩都會拍)
但太過自動化的後果就是,大家拍出來的東西沒什麼差異化,也無法做更進一步個人化的創作,更不用說理解攝影的原理了,反正機器都幫你設好了,你只要按快門就好。


所以,當你覺得對自己拍的東西不滿意時,你是否有勇氣先拋掉相機的自動模式,好好的去理解曝光和攝影的原理,如果你沒這個決心,那我想也沒人能幫得了你。


但話又說回來,有些人拍照只是為了記錄生活,那現在的機器都做得很強,就請善用機器的自動功能,有時候拍照不必拍得那麼沈重,不是每個人都是攝影狂,或是以攝影為業。能夠以低廉的價格享受輕鬆攝影的樂趣也是很棒的,這種光景在五年前我是連想都不敢想的。


但如果你對攝影很有興趣,想要突破機器的控制,或想要拍點不一樣的東西,就勇敢的奪回你相機的控制權吧。相機再怎麼進步,幾乎所有的相機都會保有最原始最手動的M模式供你駕馭。老外的override這個字很有意思,到底是你在駕馭你的相機還是你的相機在駕馭你???

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