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Using the View Camera: A Creative Guide to Large Format Photography Paperback – October 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1st edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817463534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817463533
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very well organized, clearly written.
Ali Caglar Akgungor
As beginer to large format, I was looking for a book that would give me the basics of view cameras and their use.
D. Gould
I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring this fun medium!
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By G. Gilbert on May 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book which meets its purpose well: providing all the important information you need to dive into the greatest format there is in photography: the view camera.
It's important to note that this book is not titled "How To Be An Artist" - this isn't at all the point of the book. Too many people are interested in being 'creative' before they have a clue technically as to what they're doing, which wrecks a lot of photography that could be excellent. I teach large format photography, and the skills taught in this book are absolutly essential to the technical aspects of the large format camera as a necessary step BEFORE the creative aspect.
This book explores the endless possibilities in shooting with a view camera; possibilities that are nearly never available to those shooting smaller formats. Everything is covered in the book from shooting to processing to printing, in an easy-to-read fashion, with excellent photos and diagrams along the way to help guide the reader.
I would recommend this book to all those just becoming interested in the view camera, as well as those who have quite a bit of experience.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Georges Pelpel on November 29, 1999
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This book is very well organized. Beginners in the large format world will find all the needed info to select and start using their equipment. Intermediate and advanced shooters will appreciate the detailed technical data next to each photo in the showcase section.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Gould on February 7, 2002
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As beginer to large format, I was looking for a book that would give me the basics of view cameras and their use. I already have a good foundation of photographic and exposure techniques. I found this book to be just right. No time is wasted discussing basic photography (although a nice intro to the Zone system is included, very basic), and very non-technical introduction to view cameras is presented. There is just enough math and science in this book to make you realize how much you may want to learn. After reading this book just once, I feel I can go out and use a view camera to take a picture.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "aprilinak" on August 8, 2001
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This book is well-written and contains everything you need to know to buy and use a view camera. It contains information that I haven't been able to find anywhere else. It even gives the disadvantages of using a view camera over a newer SLR to help a novice decide whether or not to get into medium/large format photography.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. G Thain on February 23, 2006
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This short book contains more than enough information for the large format novice to get started. From pictures showing effects of all the movements, to instructions on film handling and processing, to basic background on the Zone system, and finally many example photos, there's a lot of substance here. I needed a couple of re-readings to "get" some of the sections. The pages on the Zone system are the best introduction I've seen in print. The "expose for the shadows" mantra of the Zone system finally made sense after this explanation. There aren't many books about LF cameras, but this is the one to get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ali Caglar Akgungor on May 12, 2006
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This book is very well organized, clearly written. Everything you need to know to start to LF Photography is there, even the zone system. But I believe it's not only a novice's handbook, it may be very useful even for experienced photographers.

I liked the 2nd section where LF images, of super quality, are explained in a detailed manner.

Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ric Trexell on November 9, 2006
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The only reason I gave this a 4 star instead of five is that it doesn't cover digital backs. That said I guess this was written a few years ago before the digital revolution came on so strong. I had some information on large format cameras because I took the NYIP correspondence course and knew a little about them, but wanted to know things like how to load film in them, which the NYIP course didn't cover. He went into how the tilt and rise adjustments can make your photography like no other camera can. I found this book very complete and is a great book to find out if LF is for you. I also bought the book Large Format Nature Photography and that does go into digital a little, however he doesn't think much of it so maybe that is why this author left it out. I don't think you would be disappointed with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arun R on May 22, 2010
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Simple put, this is the best book for learners of view camera techniques. However, it is not as exhaustive as Leslie Stroebel's View Camera Technique. But anyone wanting to get into view camera must start with Simmon's book. Well written with great illustrations once you are done with the book it can e given away to another person. But Stroebel's book must stay in your shelf. Hope this gives those who are contemplating purchase of Simmon's book what it is all about.
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