- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 11 edition (March 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205933807
- ISBN-13: 978-0205933808
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jim Stone is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others. Books of his work include Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993),Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).
He has also published six higher education titles that are widely used in university courses: A User¹s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, and A Short Course in Digital Photography.
Barbara London has authored and co-authored many photography books from their first editions to their current ones, including Photography, Photography: The Essential Way, A Short Course in Photography, A Short Course in Digital Photography, The Photograph Collector's Guide, and more.
John Upton, Professor Emeritus, was for many years Chair of Photography at Orange Coast College, one of the largest photography departments in the U.S. He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Color as Form: A History of Color Photography. His work is included in many private and public collections, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
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The publisher has EXCLUDED sections in this new print edition that were included in previous editions. Sections on Developing a Negative; Printing in a Darkroom; Color: Film and Darkroom; View Camera; and The Zone System are NOT in the printed book. A Troubleshooting section for film and darkroom problems is also NOT in the printed book.
According to the printed book's Preface, this information has been moved out of the printed edition and is in only available in the eText version of the book. The Preface also states "purchase of the paper book gives you full access to the eText" (that contains everything in the printed book plus those sections just described). THIS IS NOT THE CASE. AN ACCESS CODE IS REQUIRED.
Prior to the preface the publisher has included a page describing how to access the eText. Very simple description, very simple process, but once you actually go to their web site it NOT as described. Once arriving there, you learn an ACCESS CODE is required to view / use the eText. In addition, you learn a COURSE ID is also required.
After my contacting publisher via telephone, it is learned when they sell the printed book, they include the ACCESS CODE on a printed card that is set loosely inside the front or back cover and then the book is shrink-wrapped as a unit. They explain when the book goes out to third party sellers (AMAZON) they have no control over what happens to the card.
Apparently other reviewers have learned the ACCESS CODE is also unique to one person, i.e. t is not transferable to someone else should you decide to give / sell the book.
Also according to other reviews, the eText is NOT viewable on Apple products.
Lastly, some descriptions and emails from sellers indicate the book they sell is a "stand alone version". A more accurate description is does NOT include / EXCLUDES access to the eText.
BUYER BE INFORMED.
It is very comprehensive and covers the history of photography, equipment, technical aspects, photography as an art, etc. Please Look Inside for the table of contents. If you are new to photography or want a solid comprehensive understanding of photography, this is a good resource.
If you are an advanced photographer, then you probably already know a lot in this book and instead should look for books covering specific topics.
This is an expensive book and I probably would not have purchased it if it were not required for a class I was taking. However, after reading it, I believe the price is justified. There really is a lot of content, and this is a large book with quality content.
FILM vs. DIGITAL
Since my workflow is entirely digital, I felt that there was more coverage on film than I cared to learn about. However, we shot film as well as digital in school, so it was helpful in that respect. Also, there are those who like film and so in a way it should be included for comprehensiveness.
PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK
Unlike some books which only include one example to illustrate a particular point, this book shows a series of shots side-by-side to help you see how changing various settings impact the image... aperture, shutter speed, subject to camera distance, focal length, etc. This speeds up your learning curve.
This is also a good reference book that you can come back to later when you're trying to capture a specific type of shot or need a refresher.
In summary, I highly recommend this book to anyone aspiring to develop a solid understanding of photography fundamentals.
- Comprehensive coverage on the history, equipment, technical aspects, composition, portraiture, artistic vision, accomplished photographers, etc.
- Very well-written
- Excellent photos that illustrate the point. Series of photos to show the impact of changing settings and variables.
- Excellent diagrams, especially for technical details.
- Good reference book that you'll come back to.
- Expensive, especially for students, but I think the quantity of quality content eases the pain.
I have bought the recommended Barbara London textbook, express 14 days delivery from Amazon USA. My copy is paperback, tenth edition (2011), formerly ex-Black Hills State University library copy, a bit battered but not bad – cost $AU120. Yes it is worth it, I suspect from the course schedule that the missing material from the next Edition 11 (2013) are Chapter 15 View Camera, and Chapter 16 Zone System, both essential in my opinion for a fuller understanding of photography – and worth retaining according to Prof. Levoy. It is as comprehensive text as I have seen, 406 glossy pages, 10 inches square format.