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The Basic Book of Photography: Fifth Edition Paperback – August 26, 2003
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This substantial book, long a standard guide to photography, is so comprehensive that it serves as an excellent reference for both amateur and professional photographers. Written in a clear, conversational style, this work presents the myriad technical aspects of photographic equipment in an easily understood manner. Coverage begins with cameras and lenses, with emphasis on practical matters, such as how to load film and adjust lens openings. The authors then logically turn to film and discuss the selection of lenses and the use of flash equipment. In addition to equipment and materials, the two most important elements of good photography?lighting and composition?are considered. Although the emphasis is upon 35mm photography, other types of cameras, including point and shoot, Polaroid, and digital cameras, are also discussed in detail. The final chapter and appendixes offer an abundance of useful information, including recommended books, photography schools, workshops, competitions, and an extensive glossary of photographic terms. One would be hard-pressed to find a single volume that offers as much good, useful information about photography as this work. Highly recommended for all libraries.?Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.
Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children’s books. They live in Oregon.
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This is a great start for a beginner because it talks first about what an SLR is, how to protect it and how to properly handle your camera. Then it introduces the reader to exposure and shutter speed and aperture in a basic way and progresses to metering, choosing lenses, flash, film selection, filters, accessories and also includes sections on one shot cameras and digital cameras. It has an amazing about of information in a simplistic to read form. Also, if you have one question, from the detailed table of contents you can find what you are looking for quickly.
This is not a small pocket size book to take with you, but something to read before and after you go out. Like most of the other reviewers said, I didn't give it 5 stars because color pictures would have been nice. But, if you supplement this book with some that have color photographs in the more specific area that you are interested in primarily photographing, then it is sufficient. I recommend the National Geographic Field Guide ( I also found it on a library shelf, took it home and it will be my next purchase!)
That being said, it is not a simplistic view, it goes into sufficient depth to really help you understand fundamentals that are often taken for granted in other books and websites.
This Fifth Edition (not sure if there is a more recent one) was written in 2003 or 2004 so it is slightly dated, but none of the concepts you care about change from year to year. If you were buying a digital camera, you might look for advice elsewhere, but the basic understanding of how to use the camera doesn't really change much.
As a novice photographer, this is still my "go to" book for core reading. Once I have the basics, I'll move on to a book specifically geared toward the topic I'm interested in.
The book has an old-timer feel to it, both because it's printed on regular paper using some ancient font and because almost all pictures are b&w. The focus is also heavily on film photography. There's a separate chapter in the current edition (5th) that deals with digital photography, unfortunately it's neither duly updated (they still tell you about 1MP digital cameras and SmartMedia cards) nor very accurate nor comprehensive.
If you want a one-stop book on photography, you may not be able to find one. No book I know of (including Manual of Photography and a few Hedgecoe books) gives you *everything* on photography. Manual of Photography probably comes closest but it's also hard to read. The reason I bought Grimm's book is it's cheap, it's easy to read, and it covers a lot of things that are too "old" to be covered in other books. I have benefited greatly from the book's coverage on depth of field, flash photography and use of filters, among other things.
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It is just that it's all about analogue cameras, though still applicable and useful in this digital era...Read more