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Photography (10th Edition) Paperback – February 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205711499 ISBN-10: 0205711499 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 10 edition (February 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205711499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205711499
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Stone is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Books of his work include Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993),Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).

He has also published six higher education titles that are widely used in university courses: A User¹s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, and A Short Course in Digital Photography.

Barbara London has authored and co-authored many photography books from their first editions to their current ones, including Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, A Short Course in Digital Photography, The Photograph Collector's Guide, and more.


John Upton, Professor Emeritus, was for many years Chair of Photography at Orange Coast College, one of the largest photography departments in the U.S. He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Color as Form: A History of Color Photography. His work is included in many private and public collections, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

Customer Reviews

Will keep this book for future reference.
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I had to order this book for an intro photography class I enrolled in last year.
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I had to get this book for my photography class and it was a great book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By D. Fineman on September 10, 2010
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I have used this text for teaching silver based analog photography since the first edition. It's clear, well organized, and has great diagrams and practical tips. However, its price now is an absurdity, even immoral for a book that gets much of its material from 35 years ago. So, if you are learning analog photography, buy an old edition: one can be had for 5$ (yes, five!) dollars. Then buy a cheap book on digital if you need one. At some point, book buyers need to send a message.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By studentcl36 on September 19, 2011
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This book is a requirement for my introduction to photography class, so I had to buy it. It is easy to read and understand and is perfect for beginners and veterans, since it covers both black and white film as well as digital photography. I just wish that books like these were not so expensive, since it is a requirement for some students and for folks wanting to learn photography. It may prompt some people to look for a cheaper title and miss out on this quality boook.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By filmguru on May 21, 2011
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This is a very thorough reference book that is a great choice for someone who really wants to know the background of professional photography and learn the "rules" as they exist traditionally. Having gone to school and gotten a degree in photography, I didn't see anything in the book that I wasn't already familiar with, however it was a nice refresher. I purchased the book to brush up on my photography knowledge in order to take a certification exam. This has proven to be a nice resource, however I believe it may not be necessary for certification purposes.

As far as I can tell, the information in the book is very accurate and has been updated to reflect current technology. There is very little in-depth information on any particular aspect of photography. The reader is introduced to a specific concept or procedure, given general information about it, and told to consult an owners manual or other documentation for the remainder of the explanation. This is done in order that specificity does not outrank general accuracy.

Bottom line: this is a great resource for new and aspiring professionals and collects information that would otherwise take great time to find and study. If you are a practicing professional photographer and have several years experience or more, you'll find very little new information. Most professionals who have been in the business for 5 or more years have been utilizing many of the techniques described on a frequent basis.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By VA on January 25, 2013
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I purchased a previous edition of the book. It can only cost $125 because this is a text book, and textbook pricing is comically out of touch with reality.

Buy a previous edition, like another reviewer mentioned. He also called the pricing 'immoral', which is entirely accurate.

I ended up with Michael Langford's "Basic Photography" (8th Edition) which is far more accessible without a college professor to guide you through the book. I'd avoid this title altogether. Right now it exists solely to part college students from their money.

Update: I am half way through Langford's book, and I recommend it highly. It has just the right mix of film versus digital, and an excellent introduction to core concepts. That said, other introductory books might work just as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omega Man on September 8, 2011
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I bought this because it was required for a class. Normally I'd just plan to sell it back, but this book is so thorough and comprehensive (so far anyway) that I probably won't. My only gripe is that it seems like it should be a hardcover given the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By canonical on January 25, 2012
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I bought this book for Photo 1 and 2, but I have been using it later on too. It's kind of like encyclopedia of photography, but not as boring. I can always go back to it to refresh my memory or even learn something new...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Sales on January 4, 2012
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I have used this book as a primary reference source since the mid-80s. It is detailed, thorough and complete in its examination of photography. However, since photography has evolved dramatically in the past 15 years with the use of digital capture, I believe it is time to edit the book to recognize this.

I am not suggesting that film photography is not a viable medium in the 21st century. Many photographers legitimately continue use film to create masterful images. But the majority of today's photographic efforts utilize digital capture and workflow. As a result, pages on darkroom techniques seem outdated.

I would suggest the authors and publishers create two versions of this valuable reference book. The 2 titles could be: "Photography...Film Emphasis" and " Photography...Digital Emphasis". Considering the hefty list price of this book, I do not need numerous pages on darkroom techniques and chemical development. More pages on digital photography would be welcomed.

Nonetheless, this book should be in every photographer's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JulieZ on July 1, 2011
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This book is packed with excellent reference on photography technical aspects. I did find some of the information contradictory and confusing but overall a pretty good class reference. I would recommend it for the photography student as the technical side of photography may not be for the average camera point and shoot user.
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