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The Negative Hardcover – Dec 1981


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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: New York Graphic Society; New edition edition (December 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821211315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821211311
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A master-class kind of guide from an undisputed master. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Adams is a clear-thinking writer whose concepts cannot but help the serious photographer. NEW YORK TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was one of the great artists and environmentalists of the twentieth century. In a remarkable career spanning more than sixty years, he made over 40,000 photographs. Adams was a master teacher as well as a master photographer, believing that his approach to photography was universally applicable. From 1955 until 1984 he conducted annual photography workshops, first in Yosemite and later in Carmel. But his most important and lasting contribution to the artistic, practical, and technical aspects of black-and-white photography was through his legendary technical series (revised several times since the initial publication in the early 1950s):The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. White on July 15 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the book I turn to for the heavy duty technical data on the most important aspects of photography, but guess what? This is probably one of the most readable and easy to digest technical books on photography you are ever likely to read or need. Adams has a way of making mysterious worlds within Photography accessable. I will admit though that this book is not for the absolute beginner, though having said that those who want to stretch a little could find much that is of use without having too much knowledge off the mark.
When I looked at the three books of this series, The Camera, The Negative and the Print, I waded into each wanting to choose only the best one from the series. I quickly realised that neither of the other two had what The Negative had and I have subsequently realised that this was by far the best choice for me. The negative deals with Visualization and image values, Light and Film, Exposure, The Zone System, Filters and Pre-Exposure, Natural Light, Artifical Light, Darkroom processes, Dark Room equiptment and procedures and value control in processing.
This book is an absolute must for intermediate photographers who have mastered the basics and want to take a step up into the world of greater control over their imaging with an eye to developing and processing their own film and prints. Everything you need to know about getting your images right before you even hit the shutter is in this book, all you need to do now is accentuate the positive by going and buying The NEGATIVE!
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Despite the heavy emphasis on chemical negatives, this book's essentially a clinic on Adams' Zone System for contrast control. As such, it's still totally relevant for the digital age. If you're using chemical negatives, this book's an absolute must have.
Adams' attention to detail in testing contrast and resolution in various lighting situations forms the core of the Zone System and of this book.
Issues such as filtration remain the same today as they did with negatives. Although pushing and pulling film is carried out differently in the digital age, it's not impossible if you have even a modicum of exposure control (for instance, overexposing and lowering brightness will still yield lower contrast). And if you are into digital, you'll gloat at your full control of exposure tweaks beyond the one-dimensional control you get with timing chemicals in solution.
One thing that may be disappointing is the emphasis on black and white. There's a brief description of color, but it really deserves a book of its own. This is especially true for filtration and contrast control.
The three books in this series can be read independently, but together provide a complete clinic from positioning the camera to displaying a final print.
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This book is basically about films and light. It is the most useful book i have ever read on films and taking pictures. It offers no shortcuts nor does it give you easy solutions. But it shows the reader how he or she can develop an eye for taking pictures. The authors goal is not just to take a picture of whats there but to see something in his mind and using the media of film and light to portray what he sees. He calls this visualization. His primary tool is the film and a system of controlling exposure through what he calls the zone system. As Adams was not explaining easily understood concepts with his book it is a complicated book. But it is meticulously written and detailed. And it radiates with Adams'love for his subject. The only flaw I could find on the book is that many of the films he mentions are not in use by ordinary lay-photographers.I have had it for a year now and read it more often than I can remember.
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Being a mere amateur, I had never really devoted any time to a serious reading of books on the theory of exposure until I bought Ansel Adams "the camera", "the negative" and "the print" a few weeks ago. I haven't finished reading them, but I have already read enough about the zone system to find it tremendously interesting. The way Adams explains things is well structured, accurate, deep and wide! It takes you through all the aspects of photography, gives real answers to all the questions (which do of course bear a certain level of complexity), even those you haden't thought about! Everybody should receive these books with any camera in my opinion, they are just great!!! Don't look for it any longer somewhere else, it's all here!
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By A Customer on Sept. 5 1999
Format: Paperback
Ansel Adams expressed more with B&W then most can even DREAM of doing with color...
This is my second foray into learning the basics of exposure through the Zone System, and who better then The Master himself to lead. He has taken a fairly technical system and made it a breeze to grasp. No misleading sidebars or relationships here. Just the facts. Much better then my first indoctrination. No matter how deeply you wish to delve into his techniques, even a redimentary understanding of previsualization before exposure will improve ones photo making, even in color. An outstanding reference. The entire series, Book 1: The Camera, Book 2: The Negative, and Book 3: The Print are invaluable additions to a personal photography library.
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