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The Negative [Hardcover]

Ansel Adams , Robert Baker
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December 1981 The New Ansel Adams Photography Series, Book 2 (Book 2)
Little, Brown and Company, the sole authorized publisher of Ansel Adams' books, calendars, and posters, in redoubling its efforts to ensure that this legendary artist's work remains fresh and appealing to bookstore customers into the next century. The new elements in this revitalized publishing program, which is authorized and supervised by the Publishing Rights Trust established by Ansel Adams, include:

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Negative is all Positive July 15 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 15 2014
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All the information I need and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 25 2004
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After read this book,my B&W photograph expose have imporve dramatically,before that,I just using average meter to optain exposure.good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for any Serious B&W Photographer Dec 24 2003
Ansel Adams reviews the characteristics and limitations of the B&W negative. It is very comprehensive and describes both exposure and processing techniques. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about B&W photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from the Master in Technique Dec 16 2002
Simply put: The best out there.
Make sure of a few things:
a)you are an advanced amateur
b)you love B&W
and it woundn't hurt if
c)you can do your own B&W work.
Wonderfully written, if you have the talent this book could make the difference
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential guide to exposure May 20 2002
This book is the second of Ansel Adams three instructional masterpieces (see the Camera and the Print). In it one will find everything they require to become masters of exposure and development. This is the greatest single book on the subject of black and white films ever written. And despite its age, it remains indispensable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series April 2 2002
This whole series (The Camera, The Negative, & The Print) are highly recommended for anyone seriously interested in learning more about photography and improving their skills. If you're not interested in that, then the books are probably still worth adding to your collection just to see all of Adams's stunning images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars demystifies 'correct exposure' March 24 2002
With little doubt, this is the very best book on photographic technique I have read to date. This book does not insult one's intelligence nor does it mire one in excessive technical detail (practical information for the practical photographer). Upon reading just the first few chapters, one will be able to understand what 'correct' exposure is and how 99.9% of the camera metering systems calculate 'correct' exposure and why 99.9% of these camera metering systems fail under so many circumstances (i.e. backlighting, shooting in snow, etc.).
In lieu of buying cameras with 'smarter' meters (multi-segment, color sensing wonders) I would suggest that photographers read this book and learn how to make-do with the gear they currently have.
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