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Product Details

  • Series: Basic Book of Photography
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 5 edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452284252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452284258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This substantial book, long a standard guide to photography, is so comprehensive that it serves as an excellent reference for both amateur and professional photographers. Written in a clear, conversational style, this work presents the myriad technical aspects of photographic equipment in an easily understood manner. Coverage begins with cameras and lenses, with emphasis on practical matters, such as how to load film and adjust lens openings. The authors then logically turn to film and discuss the selection of lenses and the use of flash equipment. In addition to equipment and materials, the two most important elements of good photography?lighting and composition?are considered. Although the emphasis is upon 35mm photography, other types of cameras, including point and shoot, Polaroid, and digital cameras, are also discussed in detail. The final chapter and appendixes offer an abundance of useful information, including recommended books, photography schools, workshops, competitions, and an extensive glossary of photographic terms. One would be hard-pressed to find a single volume that offers as much good, useful information about photography as this work. Highly recommended for all libraries.?Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children’s books.  They live in Oregon.


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Customer Reviews

Very easy to read and understand.
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Before reading this book, I didn't know how many things there are to think about when taking pictures.
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I couldn't recommend a better book for any beginner or hobbyist who needs a great reference.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By DPS on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Just starting out in SLR photography? You will probably learn a lot more by reading this book than you will in a beginners photography class (at least I did). This book covers in detail all basic technical aspects of SLR photography including; exposure, f-stops, shutter speed, light, film, and equipment selection & operation. There are also sections on composition and traveling tips. This book is well written and will provide you with a solid foundation of photographic skills
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
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This book was the only photography book that I really needed. It covers all the bases for learning photography (regardless of equipment) geared to a nonprofessional from a practical (non-academic) perspective. This book is loaded with practical advice on how take good pictures even when your equipment isn't operating well. There is specific information on how to get the most out of your point and shoot cameras as well as SLRs. This is a great book to read BEFORE you buy any (more) photography gear. It has a good section on what you may want to buy and what you may want to avoid. It also pointed out that the photographer is the most important part of making the picture, not the latest gear. There is good information on composition as well as tips when traveling with a camera. This book is inexpensive and to the point. I have found the information more valuable than books that I have bought at more than four times the price! The book does not contain color pictures (but spends most of its time discussing color photography). That is my only complaint with this book.
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122 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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This book may be the best general guide to photography ever written for beginners, but should not be described as a reference for professionals. It will tell you, for example, all about depth of field, but does not illustrate how it works or provide any formulas for DOF calculations. It will not tell you how exposure value relates to actual exposures, or how to cut a mat, and states that average skin reflects about one stop more light than than a midtone gray, without mention of race. (Oops!) Overall, it contains few charts or tables of data, but seems to have an adequate glossary. My point is not to criticize the book, which seems excellent for the guide that it is, but to criticize the seller's synopsis and descriptions calling it a reference for pros, which it is not. I therefore gave it three stars which is halfway between five, as a guide, and one as a reference. I wish I'd had a book like this when I started out in photography, a long time ago...
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Angie Mullikin on January 4, 2000
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I love this book! It has everything I wanted to know in one photography book. I thought about buying Photography for Dummies, looked at it, hated it. It was written soley for APS cameras and not SLRs or ZLRs. The Basic Book of Photography has 500 clearly written, up-to-date, informational pages. It also has a 50 page glossary that is extremely helpful. I couldn't recommend a better book for any beginner or hobbyist who needs a great reference.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
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This book simply is the most well-written and approachable all-in-one guide to photography that I've ever read. It goes from from beginning (picking a camera) to end (basic developing). The book is written in a very no-nonsense down-to-earth style that is very approachable. While it's certainly longer and more wordy than books like 'Photography for Dummies' and 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography' there is no fluff. My only very minor quibbles with the book are these: (1) no specific equipment recommendations are made, though brief mention is made of camera brands, (2) no comparison of APS versus 35mm quality is made and (3) while there are quite a few pictures in the book, I wanted more examples (some in color would've been nice).
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have had a Minolta 400si SLR for a year. It is an entry-level SLR camera. up until I read Tom and Michele's wonderful book, I never took good photographs.
When I read their book, I finally understood f-stops and metering. I now understand why the first 50 rolls I shot all had underexposed skin tone. The first role I shot after I read the book cover to cover gave me more "keepers" than any roll before it.
There is no better book for the SLR novice to understand the functioning of his camera than this one. And do not get taken in when the rocket scientists of Photography belittle your particular brand of camera -- apply the Grimms' advice and you will find dramatic improvement in the performance of your camera (well it is actually the photographer that has improved :-))
The book has a very good chapter on composition. However I wish it had more chapters on the "Art" of photography. Things like how to find interesting subjects, how to shoot subjects, etc.
This book is excellent for understanding how an SLR works, with some good advice on composition thrown in.
Readers will find this book to be very compatible with "Photography for Dummies", which deals more with how to take photographs.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
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I was given this book as a present, and it has remained part of my library. But, for those looking for a book on actual photography instruction, this may not be the book for you. The book contains a lot of basic information about a lot of different topics and it explains things like the difference between 100 and 400 speed film very clearly. Most of the sections may not have been updated since they were originally written (including the pictures!) but new sections have been added as technology has advanced (including digital cameras).
If you just want to know generally what exists and the basics of how it works, this is still a good book. But if you are looking for a book that will teach you about the photography while helping you produce more creative and higher quality work , the book comes up short.
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