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Ansel Adams: The Camera (The Ansel Adams Photography Series 1) Paperback – June 1, 1995
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One technique I enhanced from this book was the use of a high camera position. Ansel took many of his photos from a tripod which was mounted on the roof of his station wagon. One of the benefits of such a location is the "semi-helicopter" look to the photos. The foliage is more interesting from this height, and the viewer can see more than he would be able to from ground level.
theory of relativity. I've read it twice, and I still
don't know what Albert's talking about. Ansel Adams wrote
three books on photography, The Camera, The Negative, and
The Print, for lay people to explain how to take
good photographs. I've read 'em all, and at least
I know what Ansel's talking about, even if I can't take
photographs like his yet (gimme fifty years of practice).
Whether you like Adams' style or not, in technique, he
is to photography what Einstein is to physics: a single
authoritative master who's work can be relied upon.
Of the three books, _The Negative_ is the most important;
but if you are just getting started, the Camera is
where to begin.
The book might be a little boring for a casual picture taker. Also, I imagine that the book might be too basic for a professional who has been doing photography for a great number of years. But for a serious photographer getting started, it is an excellent book. And who better to read than the master Ansel Adams.
This book helped me understand the most important fundamentals of the camera. After reading other photography books, I learned a few things like smaller aperture causes a greater depth of field. All I got to do was set the aperture to the largest or smallest possible in my point-and-shoot aperture priority mode. It is because other books never taught me why apertures can affect the depth of field, and the explanations are largely insufficient for the reader to understand how to use the intermediate aperture settings (which ranges will become out of focus, for instance). It is not until this book that I got the "that's why it is like that" enlightenment.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand photography. Some people may find the book too academic, and the pictures here are black and white. But I learned more from this book compared to those that have very nice colorful photos. Some don't even have captions with the aperture, shutter, ISO, etc. used. But even if they do, without adequate explanation on why they chose those particular settings (never mind understanding them), it is really difficult for novices like me to improve our photography skills. This book solves that problem for me.
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Ansel Adams has a dry and terse style, I think I haven't read technical books with so much content per word, very little is wasted. Read morePublished 25 days ago by dmr
Its a book I have waited for a long time, been reading it 20 yares ago and has again picked up my analogue cameraPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
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If you are just beginning your photography hobby or career. Maybe. But there are better books out there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roberta B.
Whether you are a newbie or a long time pro photographer this is a must in every photographers library. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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