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Ansel Adams: The Camera (The Ansel Adams Photography Series 1) Paperback – June 1, 1995
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Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was one of the great artists and environmentalists of the twentieth century. In a remarkable career spanning more than sixty years, he made over 40,000 photographs. Adams was a master teacher as well as a master photographer, believing that his approach to photography was universally applicable. From 1955 until 1984 he conducted annual photography workshops, first in Yosemite and later in Carmel. But his most important and lasting contribution to the artistic, practical, and technical aspects of black-and-white photography was through his legendary technical series (revised several times since the initial publication in the early 1950s): The Camera, The Negative, and The Print.
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His understanding of the camera, it's principles, is masterly. His lessons, pithy as they are, on visualisation, are timeless. They are as valid today as when he wrote them, and will be valid tomorrow.
The principles of the camera, lenses, depth of field, hyper focal distance etc are valid today as they were yesterday, and his handling of the subject is masterly
For one, like me, who would like to experiment again with the old cameras, this book its invaluable
A masterpiece. A gem
For anyone who is serious about photography and interested in understanding the underpinnings more deeply in order to take better photos rather than editing them into a better state afterwards, I recommend this book.
I do however have to include the comment that Ansel Adams, while an artistic genius, was also very detail oriented and his writing, while enlightening, is sometimes dry and tedious.
If you just bought, or are impatient to buy, a DSLR and want to be competent quickly, this is not your book. There are certainly books more focused on todays technology, telling you what you need to know, and only what you need to know, to use the latest cameras. Such books would also explain the many shortcuts we have access to now that were not available with film. For many of us, that is not enough.
It does not seem overly burdened by equipment of years past. It does talk about things that can be done without the equipment limitations many of us didn't know we had. It gives you a working understanding of the camera that you could spend a lifetime exploring.
First, wet photography has not been totally eliminated. It may be argued that there are certain photographic results which cannot be obtained by digital photography that the film camera was capable of. Perhaps. But undoubtedly, obtaining a first hand and masterful knowledge of photography, digital or wet, and in particular what was done to conceive good end images, and technologically achieve those results as Ansel did, is applicable today. It's just done differently. What does not yet exist, is a good masterful book, such as Ansel's, which goes into the detail and breadth to explain how to achieve those similar results with digital media.
To that end, I highly recommend Ansel Adams' book series as an intellectual stimulant which every photographer should digest wholly. Afterwards, the digital means to achieving the same levels of image fidelity and adjustments, still based on the zone system, will be at least suggested. Digital photographers exposed to Ansel's views on his craft will then find stimulus to fill in the blanks when attempting similar fidelity and adjustments with digitally obtained photographs.