Langford's Basic Photography: The Guide for Serious Photographers 10th Edition
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About the Author
Michael Langford was a renowned author, teacher, and practitioner. He inspired thousands because of his skill that balanced art and technique and taught many more as Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Anna Fox is an internationally renowned photographer and is Professor of Photography at University for the Arts, Farnham, UK.
Richard Sawdon Smith is Professor of Photography and Dean of Media at Norwich University of the Arts, UK. He is an award-winning photographer, published and exhibiting worldwide for over 25 years.
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Fox and Smith, begin by exploring the answers to the following questions: Why take photographs; what is actually involved; how can you improve and become more professional in your own practice; what roles do photographs play in our life and relative to other forms of expression or communication; does a photographer have responsibilities; can we still call ourselves photographers if we all have sound recoding and moving image functions on our digital cameras and smartphones; and, what makes a result successful anyway? Then, the editors cover light as it is the very essence, the basic substance, of photography. They continue by showing you how photographic lenses are assembled from multi-elements to help correct optical aberrations produced by single elements. Next, the editors explain the main camera components and shows you how they make up today's mainstream camera designs. They then discuss equipment for measuring and setting exposure, their different modes of use, and how to avoid mistakes with problem subjects. Next, the editors deal with recognizing and exploiting visual features of scenes and framing them in the strongest possible way. Then, the editors look at the key features of lighting: diffusion, color, intensity, direction, and size of the light source. They continue by focusing on exactly what is happening in the camera or computer at the moment; and, from what file format to choose before even taking your first photograph, to downloading your images and then safely archiving your work. Next, the editors show you what kind of adjustments you might make to the resulting PSD, TIFF, or JPEG files you have processed out. They then describe the various types of film and outline how they work, their practical performance, and their suitability for various types of work. Then, the editors look at the choice of printing materials and discuss basic print-processing chemicals and procedures in making prints from black and white films. They continue by showing you why producing a moving image, necessitates a different way of thinking about and looking at your subject. Finally, the editors discuss the completion of your work and presenting it to other people in the most effective way.
The importance of visual content and meaning in photographs is also discussed in this excellent book. In addition, the tenth edition of this great book represents over 50 years in print, which is brought right up to date with extended information on recent developments in digital photography.
My gripe is that the captions (beside the photos) are in a light grey. Very hard to read.
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What it suffers from, however, is from being too complete. It goes on and on about medium and large format cameras and about film, what isn't what you'de expect from a BASIC photography book. It makes you lose focus if you are still trying to understand the basic concepts.
Nevertheless, highly reccomended. All of the chapters are incredibly complete.