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Pinhole Photography: From Historic Technique to Digital Application Paperback – October 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240810478 ISBN-10: 0240810473 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810478
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[O]ne of the greatest photography reference books I have seen in a very long time. [T]his book is absolutely bursting with information. Even just taking a quick flip through the pages and seeing the over 300 images by more than 100 artists, it is almost daunting to think that the entire book is written solely on the topic of pinhole photography. But Renner does skimp on anything.. If you are looking for an in-depth explanation of pinhole photography, a detailed show-and-tell of how to create your own pinhole camera, or would like to advance your pinhole photography to the next level, this book is an incredible resource and certainly one every photographer should have."---HolgaBlog.com


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As I said, this book is too technical for a novice.
C. Kou
"Rediscovering a historical technique" was the old subtitle for the earlier editions. Now it's "From historical technique to digital application."
Michael A. Duvernois
Now I know of Renner who is narrow minded, insensitive, not worthy of a discussion, irrespective of his supposed contribution to pinhole.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Kou on January 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're a complete novice in PINHOLE photography looking for instructions to start a little project (making a simple pinhole camera), then this book is not for you. However if you've started pinhole photography for a while and want to enter the next level and seek some more inspirations, this book is a pretty good one. It starts from the history of the camera obscura, and the origins of the perspectives devices...

Why I rated 3 is because I think the overall text is a bit boring and theoretical......

The last section which contains examples from other pinhole photographers are worth looking though. You'll be inspired to read some other books and construct your camera. As I said, this book is too technical for a novice.
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"Rediscovering a historical technique" was the old subtitle for the earlier editions. Now it's "From historical technique to digital application." And that change of subtitle is revealing. There's a lot more here on pinholes and zone plates for digital cameras, and a lot less on early camera obscura experiments. There's still a good emphasis on the do-it-yourself aspects which is a good thing with pinholes as you really can make and modify good quality instruments. No matter how hard you work if you make wine it's not likely to be better than the $7 bottle at the corner store, but your twenty minute camera construction can work as well as a Holga. And your modifications to an old box camera can produce brilliant images.

The essential pinhole camera reference, and exhortation to action, has been updated, expanded, edited, and made higher-tech. And it's all a good thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J on January 19, 2012
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Not a book if you want a step by step guide. informative and full of inspiration. Very interesting history on how / were pinhole developed. if you like pinhole, this is a must. It will give you loads of ideas. Its a big book full of photos.
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I highly recommend this well-written book to novices and experts who may be interested in pursuing pinhole and alternative photography.
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