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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
Essential and relevant reading for anyone delving into the world of photography. Do not be fooled into thinking this information is out-dated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed Down Version of Original Series
Having bought, read, and studied Adam's original series, the revised edition is a dumbed-down version for the modern audience. Though the newer books are good for beginners, they lack depth, detail and insights into serious B/W photography. Okay for the beginner, but find copies of the old editions if you are serious about your photography.
Published on Dec 12 2001 by Rod R.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed Down Version of Original Series, Dec 12 2001
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Having bought, read, and studied Adam's original series, the revised edition is a dumbed-down version for the modern audience. Though the newer books are good for beginners, they lack depth, detail and insights into serious B/W photography. Okay for the beginner, but find copies of the old editions if you are serious about your photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, Feb. 16 2014
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Essential and relevant reading for anyone delving into the world of photography. Do not be fooled into thinking this information is out-dated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna learn to take pictures, start here., Oct. 5 1996
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Einstein wrote a book for lay people to explain the
theory of relativity. I've read it twice, and I still
don't know what Albert's talking about. Ansel Adams wrote
three books on photography, The Camera, The Negative, and
The Print, for lay people to explain how to take
good photographs. I've read 'em all, and at least
I know what Ansel's talking about, even if I can't take
photographs like his yet (gimme fifty years of practice).
Whether you like Adams' style or not, in technique, he
is to photography what Einstein is to physics: a single
authoritative master who's work can be relied upon.
Of the three books, _The Negative_ is the most important;
but if you are just getting started, the Camera is
where to begin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for intense photographer, April 3 2009
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E. LU (Toronto Canada) - See all my reviews
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If you like photography, you should get this book. If you want to learn more about camera, you should get this book. This book is more toward the early cameras and but you can still apply a lot of those information to the Digital era. You never know how little you know about camera until you read this. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece, Nov. 6 2003
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Y. Luo "flyeagles" (Herndon, VA United States) - See all my reviews
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Just like his photos, this book is a classic. It explains the fundamentals quite clearly, with intuitive diagram and real pictures. Its coverage on view camera is extremely valuable. Although not many people use view camera these days, that chapter is an eye-openner for appreciating some of the best pictures ever taken by Ansel and other classic photographers. Its coverage on the basic principles are very thourough too. A must read for every serious photographer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Aug. 24 2003
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A must have for all those wanting to expand their understanding of cameras in the process of making beautiful fine prints
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to the camera, May 19 2002
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Leland Buck "indigitis" (Missoula, MT USA) - See all my reviews
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Ansel Adams is indeed one of the most highly regarded photographers ever, and in this first of three instructional books, he reveals much of the foundational wisdom that he gathered over a lifetime taking pictures. The focus of this book is the camera and deals with all types and formats of film cameras and techniques for using them to take wonderful photos.
This book is one of the most common and cherished textbooks used in beginning photography but is indispensable for any interested in better understanding camera arts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the camera, Feb. 21 2002
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I bought this book after taking a photo class at a local community college and was attempting to start on the trail of becoming a serious amateur photographer. This book was _exactly_ what I needed.
It explains all the details of all the modern cameras you are likely to find. Small, Medium and Large format cameras. Think a pinhole camera is the best? It isn't, and the plusses and minuses of pinhole cameras are discussed in this book. He covers all forms of shutters. Range finders. Dual-lens cameras. Everything. If you are looking for an understanding of different cameras and their pros & cons, this is the book to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black & White Photography Extensively Detailed, Dec 13 2001
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Doc (Gladwyne, Pa USA) - See all my reviews
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This book, the first of a three book series, introduces the reader to the various camera systems and accessories required for successful B&W photography. The book progresses into explanations on aperature and shutter speed selection, lens choices, lighting and image management. No detail is neglected. Best read in conjunction with books two and three.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of fundimentals of photograph, Sept. 18 2001
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Ernest Boehm (Des Plaines, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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Good overview of how a camera and lens systems works. The book discusses all formats of cameras and various lenses and filters in good detail. Very good explainations of exposure depth of field focus and all other general topics are discussed. This is a great reference for anyone who wants to know the workings of a camera. The book also convers what each format of camera can do. It outlines techniques for achieving effects based on focal length, apeture and film speed. There is also a section of filters and what you can do for you. The book has a heavy bias towards black and white but most techniques are transferable to color. There is not alot about exposure control that is in the next book the The Negative. This book will help with camera care maintaince and help you decide what kind of equipmnet you will need as you advance as a photographer. The descriptions are never brand names but types of cameras and lenes. This book is very fundimental and therefore timeless.
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