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Book Title: The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 1|
The author of the book: John P. Schaefer
Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: April 15th 1999
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Reader ratings: 6.8
ISBN 13: 9780821225752
Format files: PDF
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This is a reference manual that explores the workings of the film camera from start to finish and the techniques necessary to use it. Basics such as f-stop, shutter speed, and framing the image apply to any camera, film or digital and should be understood thoroughly by any photographer. Author John P. Schaefer uses the words and photos of Ansel Adams, as well as Adams' approach to teaching to lead the reader through the basics of camera operation to the more elaborate tasks involved in properly (manually) exposing a photo and developing both black and white and color negatives.
One of Adams' quotes should be particularly heeded by digital photographers: "One is beguiled by the quick viewing and operation, and by the very questionable inclination to make many pictures with the hope that some will be good. In a sequence of exposures, there is always one better than others, but that does not mean it is a fine photograph!" I have witnessed the propensity of digital photographers to take many poor photos because it only "costs" them the shutter life of the camera; photographers of all types would benefit from slowing down to absorb Ansel Adams' theories.
Schaefer takes the reader step-by-step through the teaching process as laid out by Adams. This is hardly a beginner's manual, but it does explain the the basics of techniques and equipment before launching into whole chapters, such as "Determining Film Exposure", "Developing the Negative", "Making a Fine Print", or "Color Film Development and Printing." Adams' photos and quotes are used advantageously throughout the book to illustrate the information and advice presented.
Although I would liked to have read more about platinum, palladium, and silver gelatin printing, I found this book to be a very comprehensive "beginner's" manual. Notwithstanding the fact that I currently have a photography business using Nikon digital equipment, and possibly because of it, I found this book to be very informative. I have made black-and-white prints from old family photos under the guidance of my husband and a friend many years ago, and now what we did makes sense. Even if you are strictly a digital photographer, the chapter "Visualization: The Art of Seeing a Photograph" is recommended. This book is relevant material for the digital photographer, but a goldmine for anyone wanting to work in black-and-white film and printing.
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