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Kodak Professional Photoguide (6th edition) Spiral-bound – December 31, 1998


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  • Series: Publication (Book 28)
  • Spiral-bound: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Pixel; 6th edition (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879857986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879857981
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the only book I always keep in my photo case.
Ahmed Badr
Excellent information on everything I can think of, data tables, charts, dials, formulas.
Darren Chong
You will grow into it and find The Kodak Professional Photoguide is indispensible.
Edward L. Brown

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1996
Format: Paperback
For any serious amatateur photographer (and I can't say
about professional photographers, because I'm not one),
the Kodak Professional Photoguide is indispensible. It's
seven tabbed chapters take one quickly to reference
materials on every techinical subject concerning
picture-taking to which you would need to refer.
For instance, the chapter entitled "exposure" contains
detail information on every metering technique
except the Zone System, as well as containing handy
tables on, for instance, ISO film speeds in 1/3 stop intervals,
lighting ratios, exposure correction for leaf shutters, and
an existing light dial that gives standard exposure times
for a variety of hard to meter situations (i.e. moonlit
landscapes).

If you don't know what any of the above topic are, then the
book is too advanced for you. Order Ansel Adams triology
(The Camara, The Negative, The Print) and Hornstein's books,
read them, then buy the Kodak Professional Photoguide.

The only draw backs to the Photoguide are:
(1) the descriptions of film are exclusively for Kodak
film. Kodak could be a little more ecumenical on this
subject; but they are in the business of selling Kodak
film, so this is forgiveable; &
(2) the 5th edition dates from 1995 and the film information
is in fact getting a bit stale. Kodak has introduced
not only its APS line of film since 1995, but several
new ektachrome films as well as Royal Gold 200 and discontinued
a couple of films described there...this, however, is no reason
not to buy this book.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed Badr on December 2, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
This is the only book I always keep in my photo case. An excellent technical reference. Whenever I find myself scratching my head trying to figure out how to expose for a scene I find the answer in this book. Beside all the usual technical stuff it's full of charts and dials that lets you find out stuff like depth of field and how to expose in near darkness. The best thing I like about this book is that is quiet small (fits perfectly in my photo case) and the inside of the last cover is a Grey card. Neat.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Darren Chong on December 5, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a very technical book, those dipping into photography as a beginner will really yawn fast. In short not for learning but as a technical reference.
Excellent information on everything I can think of, data tables, charts, dials, formulas. In fact got me learning new stuff on light metering and exposure.
An initial problem is that the filters are referred in Kodak terms and Wratten, eg 20B, 30R, 20C etc...kinda confusing at times, I still don't quite it much of the time (too lazy perhaps) but minor glitch. One other thing is, read it before you go for the trip! Can really get messy if you need info in a hurry. Really thoughtful that a gray card is included but I prefer the neat idea that the Nat. Geographic Field Guide team did; inside covers acting as gray cards! cool.
Saying it as a field guide would be a bit of overstatement, at least for my purpose. The cover is so thin and binding so flimsy that I wonder what the publisher and author are thinking. I had to reinforce it with tapes and thick cardboard, maybe some wont need it but people like me who carry the camera in a watertight bag in one hand and go backpacking might just need to do these. I wish it's smaller (thicker is not a problem) but alas, one can never please everybody...
Get this book, even if you think you won't need it (like me), you might just learn new tricks never thought of or come across your mind.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I used the 1975 edition of this book throughout my career in photography. There's so much to remember anyway about photography,,, why remember more than you need to! This book with all it's dials and charts, will give you just about all the answers you need to know regarding low light or really bright exposures (you can easily arrive at the correct exposure for uncommon lighting situations), depth of field, film types and film capabilities, etc. etc.
The pages of this book are packed with all the info and tools you need to arrive at the answer to your questions, and those rotating dials are truly "bigtime" problem solvers.
You gotta get this book!!!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on March 16, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
When I received this book, I thumbed through it and set it aside to be buried by other things. I think that was an indication of how not unexcited I was about the book. It is intended to be carried as a reference, but didn't fit in my camera bag. Got a new, larger, professional LowePro bag. Didn't fit in there, either.
The book is supposed to be a "professional" photoguide, but much of the information provided would be so fundamental to a pro that a reference wouldn't be needed (e.g., how to use a light meter.). Some topics seem to be too involved for a discussion in a pocket reference and then are neither succinct nor good. Of course, references to film will soon be outdated, and the book didn't have data for Kodak Supra, which I use almost exclusively. Of course, like most Kodak books (which are otherwise typically excellent) the film references are very Kodak-centric.
What is very good are the calculators - one gives you camera settings for unusual situations or ones in case your meter breaks. Another gives filters to correct about any type of light for any type of film. The depth-of-field calculators are useful when I'm shooting 4x5, but they chose to not include them for 35mm, stating that DOF scales are built into the lenses of most 35mm cameras. However, with the rising quality and popularity of zoom lenses, this is a bad oversight, as most zooms do not have DOF scales.
The books does have some good information in it, but left with a sick feeling in my stomach. That is the feeling I get when I feel as though I have wasted my money on something. The cover says $29.95, and it's a few dollars cheaper on-line, but I still feel like I got way too little information for too much money.
There is a smaller, pocketable version that I haven't looked at yet. Perhaps it retains the best info at a lower price, and in a size that fits in my camera bag.
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