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The Book of Photography Hardcover – April 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (April 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405304383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405304382
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combines detailed, specific instructions for getting the most out of your camera technically, with practical advice about developing a personal style. Leads the beginner and accomplished amateur to expertise. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Hedgecoe is a former professor of photography at the Royal College of Art and an eminent writer, with his work appearing in The Times, The Observer, Paris Match, Life and Vogue among many others. His photographs are on permanent display in major collections in New York and London and he is the recipient of several major awards. He is also the author of The New Manual of Photography. John lives in Norwich.

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This book was full of pictures but lacked in teaching me anything about settings.
Nagesy
It will serve its owner well; it is an excellent choice for the beginner and makes a great refresher and reference book for the advanced photographer.
Edward P. Matos
I have had this book for a while, read it a few times and tried to apply some of the items in the book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Edward P. Matos on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've never had a John Hedgecoe book that I didn't love and the same holds true for the new edition of "The Book of Photography".

John Hedgecoe has been writing books on photography for decades and doing a great job of it. He began with what I like to refer to as his mentorship books in 1976 with the now classic "The Book of Photography". This new edition of that classic is no exception -- it continues to serve as a guiding light for those who want to learn the art of photography.

While "The Book of Photography" is not an encyclopedia of photography, it is an indispensable, superbly written, reference book for the beginner and more advanced amateur photographer - even professionals could learn a thing or two. The book is profusely and beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photographs, schematics, and advice that guide the would-be photographer through the fundamentals and more complex techniques used in photography.

Apart from Hedgecoe's beautiful photographs, he covers the very basics of photography and photographic equipment, including the various types of cameras from film to digital cameras, film types, lenses and filters, optical principles, depth of field, camera formats, flash, indoor/outdoor lighting, and much more. Hedgecoe then follows this up with what I consider the most important aspect of photography -- developing the creative mind and eye. Hedgecoe helps the reader to understand and work with composition, color, lighting, and the subject - seeing a picture where others see nothing - this is the essence of creative photography. Then he goes on to various specialties in photography, such as, portraiture, still life, landscape, nature and so on.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John A. Davis on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I decided I wanted to get more in depth with photography and sought after a good guide to help me get started. I did not want something too basic to begin as I knew I would just get bored. Also didn't want anything too advanced as to just confuse and frustrate me. This book is a perfect example of a photographers guide. He doesn't just talk about techniques and show examples. He actually has all the details involved. Studio setups are illustrated clearly and easily. He also has a photo of himself taking the pictures. He tells you the camera and lens used and you get a real sense of how he uses his camera.

There is a section on different cameras including 35 mm, medium format and 4 x 5 large format. Brief descriptions but still helpful. Studio design is covered, darkroom, etc.

Very valuable resource for an interested photographer. I am planning on purchasing his basic book next as this book has definetly convinced me to buy many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nagesy on September 14, 2009
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This book was full of pictures but lacked in teaching me anything about settings. I was hoping for more details around being more creative than keeping it set to automatic. It is written as digital was just coming to be so it's a blend of film and digital. For the used price I paid it was OK but is definitely not worth the full price.
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