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The View Camera Paperback – July 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Revised edition (July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817463755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817463755
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on December 29, 2006
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I've been wanting to learn about View Cameras for some time now so I've looked over (and bought some of) Amazon's selection of books on the subject. Both "Using the View Camera" by Steve Simmons and "View Camera Basics" by Leslie Stroebel were interesting but they were written with the experienced photographer in mind- I just couldn't get into them.

Mr. Shaman's book isn't a do all book either but it is written in a much more approachable manner. It does mention the "Field" and "Technical" types of View Cameras but concentrates on the "Monorail" type, showing the reader all of the parts and what they're called, I don't have a camera but think probably most of the material will go for all view camera types.

There are lots of B/W photographs and diagrams illustrating each point discussed about camera operations and how to do things, even a little on the film (though nothing about development and printing). No brands are really discussed for anything except film (Kodak is used as an example) and I think the book should still be entirely valid for the person interested in the subject even if it is dated 1991.

If you're curious about View Cameras this is the book to buy, don't waste money on those other two I mentioned ( Simmon's book would make an interesting slightly more advanced book to go on with your education)- it's the one to start with. You'll still need to go elsewhere for lessons in most aspects of photography but this is the place to start, this is even the best book if you are a trained photographer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre on January 26, 2013
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This book appears to just show the effects of the swings and tilts of a view camera. It shows a diagram of a camera setup in a particular configuration and shows the resulting image changes. A good reference book to take with you to refresh your memory but not necessarily one that explains the physics involved for you to gain true understanding. It's a good book for a right-brain type of person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on September 22, 2013
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A good technical manual. A how to use it book. Intended for beginners to people who know what they are doing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald B. Mills on July 9, 2013
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I purchased this book as an addition to my already large collection of large format books.

It's an excellent primer for the beginner and a good review for the experienced large format photographer.
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I knew how to use a view camera before buying the book, but I was applying for a position where I needed to review. I was happy with the information available.
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