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The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography - Book 1 Paperback – Bargain Price, April 15, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, it is pretty dry. Very textbookish in form, the book is difficult to read straight through. This is made more palatable by the extreme depth that the book goes into for each topic that it discusses.
Starting with the differences in photo gear, the author leads the reader through selecting a first camera to selecting a lens to selecting a film and finally the development of the negative and print. The book is exhausting in its depth and breadth.
Much time was spent on Adams' Zone system and its usefulness in taking beautiful photographs. This focus throughout the book really drove home the importance of exposure.
The pictures used in the book are fantastic and the personal accounts of some photos by Adams himself are very interesting.
The only thing that I felt was skimped on was the process of selecting a shot. Adams was a large-format photographer so he wasn't able to make the hundreds of shots of a scene that a 35mm photographer could make, so it was important for him to select his shots carefully. More text space devoted to Adams' method or instinct for finding shots would have been the final piece of information that would have made this a complete guide to photography.
It wasn't easy reading, but I learned a lot and was able to immediately use the information in the book to improve my own photography.
Although the book deals with colour photography as well, I would thoroughly recommend this book to any aficionado of black and white photography-- it is, without doubt one of the best books on photography I have in my library!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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So far the book is a very good reference. Read more
I bogut this book because of Ansel Adam's teaching on 'visualizing' the photograph. This alone made this book a valuable asset in my quest to be a better photographer.Published 4 months ago by Lance Sterling
Beautifully illustrated and a wonderful look back into the history of California's most famous parks. Perfect photograph tips for beginners. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Tabby
Great service-prompt and professional!! A well written book detailing the various aspects of photography and film processing, well worth it!!!Published on July 19, 2013 by N B
I bought this book because I begin love the film photography! It is amazing to see the works of Ansel Adams. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Cure
The book is text in style but has plenty of info. The section on large format camera use was somewhat lacking and I wished it had more examples and photos of the camera adjustments... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Steven