The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography
- Book 1 (Ansel Adams's Guide to the Basic Techniques of Photography).
One of the best books written for those wishing seriously to pursue photography, Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 1 has been totally revised and updated to keep up with quick-moving
technological advances in photography. The revised version includes over fifty new illustrations,
This is a book with just about everything, and more. It will take you from very little knowledge to being a quasi-expert in a fairly short time frame. Having said that, it's also pretty dry in typical textbook form, a difficult to read book straight through. This is made more agreeable by the intense depth that the book goes into on every topic that it covers.
Beginning with the differences in photo gear, the author guides the reader through choosing an initial camera to choosing a lens to choosing film and finally the development and printing of the negative. An exhausting book in its depth and breadth.
A lot of time is spent on Adams' Zone system and its advantages in capturing beautiful photographs. This focus throughout the book really drives home the importance of exposure.
The images used in the book are fantastic while the personal accounts of several photos shot by Adams himself are especially interesting.
One thing that I felt that could use more coverage is the process of selecting a shot. Adams shot using large-format so he didn't have the luxury of making the hundreds of shots of a subject that a 35mm photographer can make, so it was important for him to carefully select his shots. More text devoted to Adams' method or instinct for discovering shots would have been the ultimate bit of information that would have finalized this into a complete photography guide.
It's not an easy read, but you will learn a lot and will be able to immediately use the information covered in this book to improve your own photography.
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