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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 book is thorough. There is definitely something you can learn from it. If nothing else after reading this one should pick up and read the manual that came with their camera. Most people do not do this. Might seem basic but the camera is capable of so much, the photographer will spend less time wondering why his/her photographs turned out so wrong if he/she spent time reading the manual.
I would recommend this to someone who is interested in more than just pointing and shooting to take a photograph. If you want more in-depth knowledge of photography, start with the masters of old and start with the equipment.
This book really only works as part of the set of three though as they reference each other and build on concepts. It can be a bit dry at times (as in dull) and very technical (he doesn't dumb things down very often) and I would expect retention of the information would be a problem for someone starting from scratch in a single read through. It is a book that likes to explain "why" things in photography happen instead of just telling you that they happen, which is critical to really taking control of your exposures.
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.
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.