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Kodak Guide to 35mm Photography: Techniques for Better Pictures Subsequent Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 087985801X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0879858018
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Silver Pixel; Subsequent edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This gem of a book explains in easy language all the basics one needs to learn - exposure (shutter speed, f-stops, ISO), lenses, composition, filters, flash and taking pictures in different lighting situations (daylight, backlight, sidelight etc.)
Although some may think this book is "dated" because it does not address the digital realm, it will remain a classic for teaching the basic, unchanging principles of photography.
professional photographer, I thought that the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures would be a perfect source of advanced knowledge for me...but I was wrong. The National Geographic book is good, but the Kodak Guide is much better. Both books start with the basics, but Kodak fills its book with much more information and far more (and usually better) photographs. This is a great book for amateurs and professionals alike. I've just sent the NG book back, and I'll soon order the Kodak Guide for myself!
Having said that, it is very well written and has many, excellent color (and a few B&W) photographs that illustrate the basic principles of taking good photographs quite well, regardless of whether you are using a film or digital camera, and in easy-to-understand terms. Since you can purchase it used for only a few dollars, I would recommend it for beginning photographers who want to learn the basics, like correct exposure, daylight, available light, and flash photography methods, composition (an excellent chapter), lenses, action shots, etc., or even for slightly more advanced photographers who want a nice "refresher" course on the basics.
I would have given it five stars if it was a newer, totally digital camera based edition, but it is excellent for what it is and worth a few dollars just for the chapter on composition alone if you're a beginner and on a budget. If price is not an issue, I'd certainly suggest that you buy a more current edition of this book. Kodak's photography "Guide" books are always quite good.
After going halfway through the book and applying the techniques and rules of thumb in it I generated 34 good pics from a 36 shot roll of film -- using full manual settings. Need I say more?