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Photography Paperback – August 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0321011084 ISBN-10: 0321011082 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Pub Group; 6th edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321011082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321011084
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A picture tells a thousand stories, but the one it doesn't tell is how the shot was made. Barbara London and John Upton's Photography is an all-inclusive look at the craft of photography. This book will help any amateur move up a few notches, and it serves as a refresher course for professionals as well. The sixth edition of this classic work (the first was published in 1976) includes a companion Web site with interactive activities, Web resources, and a learning archive. Amply illustrated with at least one photograph or diagram on almost every page, Photography is the one reference work every student of photography must have--even those who will never set foot in a classroom. --Brenda Pittsley

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This is a great book for amateurs who want to understand how photography works.
Ahmed Badr
It has a lot of very useful information about film photography such as the types of film and developing techniques.
R. New
There are many other great photography books that I keep, for reference and leisure reading.
Darren Chong

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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
When in college, I took a photography course from a well known and respected photographer in the Bay Area. This was the textbook we were to purchase. I have since turned to photography full time. I look to this book for little things from time to time and I am glad it is there. It is like a little mentor. I recommend it to all people I speak with who say that they would like to know more about photography. It is a great book. One you will use over and over again. One that will not grow dust on its' cover.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed Badr on December 2, 1999
This is a great book for amateurs who want to understand how photography works. The textbook format is well laid out and organized. It has chapters that cover everything from how the camera works and different lens characteristics to developing and criticizing your own work. I don't think it will be much use for experienced and pro photographers but it might come in handy to freshen up on your photo knowledge.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. Lowe on July 20, 2002
This is a definite "must have" for the serious amateur. Whether you're just getting serious in photography and are looking for a crash course, or have been at it awhile and want to learn some of the more technical aspects, this is the book for you.
Some of the things covered include cameras, lenses, exposure, film, and darkroom. The index is well done and makes using this book as a reference easy; there are lots of good photos that illustrate what's being explained. (What would be the point in buying a photography book without lots of photos, after all??)
This is the book that got me started, and I can't imagine not having it. My only complaint, if I have to have one, is that I can't seem to keep it on my shelf -- all my friends are always wanting to borrow it!
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By joseph walsh on October 17, 2001
As a college teacher I have used this book for two decades and watched it's price go up and up. Obviously, I think it is a good book.
However, the camel's back has finally broken at the current 74 (!) dollar paperback price.
I cannot justify asking intro students to pay this much.
I will find a suitable, less expensive alternative. The price difference will be best spent on film.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adam Griffith on November 23, 2000
This book has been around for a while, in many different printings. Every time I see it in a used bookstore I buy it, so I will have it on hand to give to the next person who asks me about photography.
This book has everything you need to know about photography, from discussing the various types of cameras to lighting and metering techniques to how to develop and print your own film. It is well organized and easy to understand. It is written so a beginner will have no trouble with it, but with enough information to get you to a pretty advanced stage. What more could you ask for?
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Darren Chong on September 29, 2000
If you really really can only buy one book, get this. Somehow it cost only US$30 here in Singapore. There's no better book on general photography than this for any amount of money.
The book generalised photography and yet does not skimp on any topics, there's just enough for one to know about any form of photography and that's the good thing about it. It links all aspects of photography together and makes one appreciates other forms of photography not previously explored.
It helps to get specialised books to further enhance specific topics, like John Shaw's Profrssional Field Techniques, Landscape Photography; Jim Zuckerman Natural Light Photography; Another excellent book on general photo techniques is Lee Frost's A-Z of Creative Photography. There are many other great photography books that I keep, for reference and leisure reading.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ecollings@colmo.com on August 25, 1998
This is my choice of the best text book available for all levels of photography. This sixth edition is well illustrated with examples from a variety of photographic disciplines.It provides excellent coverage of topics such as the zone system, history of photography, digital imaging, color, view camera, and seeing photographs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Guy on January 3, 2002
I spent some time at a local bookstore looking for a good book for my sister-in-law who had just picked up the hobby of photography. Since I spent time making a living from photography, I was looking for a well-illustrated book that covered all the basics that beginners would need. Plus more advanced subjects as well. Easily readable, thorough and well organized. Plenty of actual photos that provide clarity to the subject matter. None of the other books were as good. At the checkout I was surprised at the price. A little steep for a gift, but I still bought it. The book is that good. If I were to write a book on photography, this is the book that I'd write.
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