- Series: Publication (Book 28)
- Spiral-bound: 56 pages
- Publisher: Silver Pixel; 6th edition (December 31, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879857986
- ISBN-13: 978-0879857981
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Kodak Professional Photoguide (6th edition) Spiral-bound – December 31, 1998
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about professional photographers, because I'm not one),
the Kodak Professional Photoguide is indispensible. It's
seven tabbed chapters take one quickly to reference
materials on every techinical subject concerning
picture-taking to which you would need to refer.
For instance, the chapter entitled "exposure" contains
detail information on every metering technique
except the Zone System, as well as containing handy
tables on, for instance, ISO film speeds in 1/3 stop intervals,
lighting ratios, exposure correction for leaf shutters, and
an existing light dial that gives standard exposure times
for a variety of hard to meter situations (i.e. moonlit
If you don't know what any of the above topic are, then the
book is too advanced for you. Order Ansel Adams triology
(The Camara, The Negative, The Print) and Hornstein's books,
read them, then buy the Kodak Professional Photoguide.
The only draw backs to the Photoguide are:
(1) the descriptions of film are exclusively for Kodak
film. Kodak could be a little more ecumenical on this
subject; but they are in the business of selling Kodak
film, so this is forgiveable; &
(2) the 5th edition dates from 1995 and the film information
is in fact getting a bit stale. Kodak has introduced
not only its APS line of film since 1995, but several
new ektachrome films as well as Royal Gold 200 and discontinued
a couple of films described there...this, however, is no reason
not to buy this book.
Excellent information on everything I can think of, data tables, charts, dials, formulas. In fact got me learning new stuff on light metering and exposure.
An initial problem is that the filters are referred in Kodak terms and Wratten, eg 20B, 30R, 20C etc...kinda confusing at times, I still don't quite it much of the time (too lazy perhaps) but minor glitch. One other thing is, read it before you go for the trip! Can really get messy if you need info in a hurry. Really thoughtful that a gray card is included but I prefer the neat idea that the Nat. Geographic Field Guide team did; inside covers acting as gray cards! cool.
Saying it as a field guide would be a bit of overstatement, at least for my purpose. The cover is so thin and binding so flimsy that I wonder what the publisher and author are thinking. I had to reinforce it with tapes and thick cardboard, maybe some wont need it but people like me who carry the camera in a watertight bag in one hand and go backpacking might just need to do these. I wish it's smaller (thicker is not a problem) but alas, one can never please everybody...
Get this book, even if you think you won't need it (like me), you might just learn new tricks never thought of or come across your mind.
The pages of this book are packed with all the info and tools you need to arrive at the answer to your questions, and those rotating dials are truly "bigtime" problem solvers.
You gotta get this book!!!
The book is supposed to be a "professional" photoguide, but much of the information provided would be so fundamental to a pro that a reference wouldn't be needed (e.g., how to use a light meter.). Some topics seem to be too involved for a discussion in a pocket reference and then are neither succinct nor good. Of course, references to film will soon be outdated, and the book didn't have data for Kodak Supra, which I use almost exclusively. Of course, like most Kodak books (which are otherwise typically excellent) the film references are very Kodak-centric.
What is very good are the calculators - one gives you camera settings for unusual situations or ones in case your meter breaks. Another gives filters to correct about any type of light for any type of film. The depth-of-field calculators are useful when I'm shooting 4x5, but they chose to not include them for 35mm, stating that DOF scales are built into the lenses of most 35mm cameras. However, with the rising quality and popularity of zoom lenses, this is a bad oversight, as most zooms do not have DOF scales.
The books does have some good information in it, but left with a sick feeling in my stomach. That is the feeling I get when I feel as though I have wasted my money on something. The cover says $29.95, and it's a few dollars cheaper on-line, but I still feel like I got way too little information for too much money.
There is a smaller, pocketable version that I haven't looked at yet. Perhaps it retains the best info at a lower price, and in a size that fits in my camera bag.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a replacement of a misplaced Photoguide. It contains a wealth of information related to the use of film. Somewhat archaic in the digital world but very helpful.Published 2 months ago by Steve Digby
This is a very good book. It is useful to read that. Having said that, I am yet to read it completely. At the used price, its a deal. I shoot film and it's useful to an extent. Read morePublished 21 months ago by sanjay
Buy it.. you'll love it. This is a manual every serious photographer should have in their camera bag !! Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Felix
Out of date, of course, but this was in its day a terrific book. With Kodak out of business, will anybody pick up the ball and create new books to replace this one?Published on August 26, 2013 by Family guy
A reliable classic...in excellent shape! Good price! They need 13 more words, so...it was a very, very, very good buy!Published on August 7, 2012 by David Graham
O livro apresenta gráficos, equações e muita teoria, mas não ví nada que pudesse aplicar às minhas fotos. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Luís Rocha
Excellent book for one's camera bag. From flash bulbs forward, this guide covers it. And it does so in easy to understand text, along with wheels and charts that also simplify... Read morePublished on October 29, 2009 by M. Huck
I bough this book basically for the 5'x5'18% Gray Card which comes along with this book. I have used the card many times unfortunatley I can't say the same for the book... Read morePublished on March 20, 2005 by Rembrandt Lighting
An excellent reference for photographers above the "point and shoot" group --and could prove very helpful to this large group of photographers also. It should be in camera bag. Read morePublished on January 12, 2005 by Edward L. Brown