- Series: Ansel Adams's Guide to the Basic Techniques of Photography (Book 1)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ansel Adams; Revised, Subsequent edition (April 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821225758
- ISBN-13: 978-0821225752
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
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The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography - Book 1 (Ansel Adams's Guide to the Basic Techniques of Photography) Paperback – April 15, 1999
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About the Author
John P. Schaefer is an active photographer and the author of Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 2. In 1975, as president of the University of Arizona, he was instrumental in founding the Center for Creative Photography, which houses the archives of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and many other outstanding photographers. Schaefer was a student, collaborator, and close friend of Ansel Adams and is currently the president of Research Corporation and a Trustee of The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
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I find it a bit irritating that Schaefer literally plagiarizes Ansels photography series of books. By that I mean, Schaeffer lifts whole pages, text, illustrations, etc. Some pages even have the same font styles as Ansel's books. If you took away what has been taken from Ansel's books, this book would be a lot slimmer. I have no idea why Schaefer doesn't simply speak for himself. It's fine to make references to Ansel's writings and photography but to copy it is another thing. But the one good thing about that is that the parts that are copied from Adams are at least correct.
This book has large sections on alternative processes. For someone really interested in those processes, the information doesn't have enough depth. However, it is a good overview of those techniques.
The sections on digital imaging are downright funny although that's not Schaeffer's fault. They are so out-of-date that the reader should get a good laugh from them. This book should have stuck with traditional photography because digital photography is changing so fast that it is more suited for periodicals.
If you use this book as a reference for film testing, etc., be very careful. There are so many errors that they can lead you seriously off the path. I have made so many corrections in my book that I might as well have written it myself. I cannot understand why Schaefer didn't have someone proof-read it. And some of the errors are glaring! But if you can identify the errors, you will find some very useful information. Just be careful. It can be very hard to spotin some cases and it could lead to costly mistakes.
All that said, I still think this book is a good addition to my photographic library especially since it is all marked up now with my corrections.
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So far the book is a very good reference.Read more