Tim: What Chris Michel recommended also, he recommended one book, and this is a guy who’s amazing at photography among other things, and it’s Understanding Exposure and it’s a beautiful book and if you look at his photography you can see very clearly how he’s really mastered, I think from my standpoint, the variables that contribute to beautiful exposure and lighting.
Source: Tim Ferris & Kevin Rose, The 4-Hour Blog – The Random Show, Episode 14/15 – Bourbon, Photography, iPhone Apps, and Start-ups (Video)
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