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Langford's Basic Photography: The Guide for Serious Photographers Paperback – July 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240521688 ISBN-10: 0240521684 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 9 edition (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521688
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the ninth edition of a textbook that has become an industry standard since its first publication in 1965. Now updated to include the most recent innovations of the field, it contains an entire chapter on digital cameras and one on post-production of the digital image. From shooting to processing to printing, this guidebook gives thorough instructions in various procedures, equipment, aesthetics, and forms of presentation for the medium. Detailed treatment of the fundamentals for lighting techniques, optics, and composition are enhanced by numerous diagrams, charts and photographic examples. A supplemental glossary and extensive appendices are found at the back.. Either as an introduction for amateurs or as a reference for intermediate photographers, this book is an invaluable resource for practitioners of this field."--Sacramento Book Review

"This is the ninth edition of a textbook that has become an industry standard since its first publication in 1965. Now updated to include the most recent innovations of the field, it contains an entire chapter on digital cameras and one on post-production of the digital image.  Detailed treatment of the fundamentals for lighting techniques, optics, and composition are enhanced by numerous diagrams, charts and photographic examples. Whether as an art form or a commercial venture, the complexity of photography requires meticulous and systematic explanations.  This is precisely what Langford's Basic Photography provides.  Either as an introduction for amateurs or as a reference for intermediate photographers, this book is an invaluable resource for practitioners of this field."--Sacramento Book Review

About the Author

Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is a legend because of his skill that balanced art and technique. He inspired and taught thousands. As Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, his key involvement with photography courses and exams set the standard worldwide.

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This book gives equal coverage to both film and digital.
PersonReviewing
If I could recommend only one source for someone really looking to "get serious" about taking quality photographs, this would be it.
Michael A. Hays
I found it and I read 3 times at that time and I still referring to this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Hays on July 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the hardest things about taking up a new hobby (or profession) is knowing where to begin your study. With so many books and manuals on the market, the sheer volume of available information can seem overwhelming. Well, neophyte photographers, take heart, because here is the book that you need. If I could recommend only one source for someone really looking to "get serious" about taking quality photographs, this would be it.

The book progresses in a very logical manner, beginning with a basic introduction to the very nature of light and optics and proceeding through camera mechanics, principles of lighting and composition, film characteristics, and digital techniques. As you would expect in any photography text, there are many, many photographic illustrations. One thing that really shines about Langford is the wonderful diagrams, which are among the best I have seen in any textbook. Understanding optics and the behavior of light is not always intuitive, but the diagrams do an excellent job of illustrating difficult concepts in an easy-to-grasp manner.

The writing itself, while clear and unambiguous, sometimes tends a little dry. You may find books like "Understanding Exposure" or any of Scott Shelby's popular series to be more engaging; these are excellent books, however Langford has a much wider scope and so of necessity the prose is somewhat more technical. In my opinion, though, this also makes it a more satisfying reading experience. Shelby's series tell you how to do something, but Langford tells you why it works.

A word about digital and film. It is true that this book is somewhat heavily weighted toward the "old-fashioned" subject of film photography.
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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Frank Silver on November 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book used to be good. It explains basic principles of photography very well.

Although in its ninth edition, and published in 2010, the book is still very old. It is film-oriented and need a complete overhaul. A lot of techniques are already out-dated. About half of the book can be completely ignored. It talks too much about film, film processing, large format camera, hand-held meter etc.

The books need a complete re-written. Simply adding some contents of digital cameras does not make it modern.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PersonReviewing on November 20, 2011
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This book is a great book for a person learning serious photography. It also covers some intermediate topics. There is also mention of Medium format SLRs (Hassleblad and Mamiya) and TLRs. This book gives equal coverage to both film and digital.
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when I start photography 15th years ago, my teacher suggest me to find this book. I found it and I read 3 times at that time and I still referring to this book. this book has a lot essential tips that makes you to learn more. in my opinion its an amazing book ever and I love it so much. this book has more than other books for me. all chapters are clear and explained very well.
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