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Advanced Photography [Paperback]

Michael Langford
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9 Mar 1998
Advanced Photography is a practical book for students and serious enthusiasts who wish to achieve more professional looking results. From choosing lenses and camera equipment, to film types and technical data, lighting and tone control, processing management and colour printing; the book offers technical solutions and practical advice on all aspects of professional photography. The book has now been fully revised, to include not just the latest camera equipment and films, but explains how new digital methods can be used alongside silver halide systems - allowing the reader to benefit from the best practical features of each.

Written as a companion volume to the international bestseller Basic Photography this book has enjoyed a long established reputation as a technical`bible' for new professionals. It will appeal to anyone wishing to improve on their basic skills in practical photography - enabling you to acheive a higher standard of work and to deal more professionally with clients, agents and suppliers.

The late Michael Langford was Former Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art in London. He was intimately involved with photography courses at all levels and as a result fully understood what a student needed. His other books for Focal Press are: 'Basic Photography', 'Story of Photography' and 'Starting Photography'.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (9 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240514866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240514864
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an important book. It should be in the library of every photographic establishment, educational or commercial, and on the personal shelves of every budding professional photographer.'
The British Journal of Photography.

'You can't call yourself a photographer without it.'
Professional Photographer

Voted one of the Top 10 best Photo Books of the Year by Popular Photography magazine ' ...the bible for any commercial photo lab and an easily portable tool for the professional or advanced amateur in the field.'

'essential for anyone setting out on a photographic career today. Buy this, along with the companion Basic Photography, and you;ll have the answer to almost any technical query you can think of.'
Amateur Photographer

'If you're serious about your photography and really want to move on, rush off to your local library to borrow this book....crammed full with useful information.'
Photo Technique

' Photography students should add this to their essential book list.'

About the Author

Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is a legend because of his skill that balanced art and technique. He inspired and taught thousands. As Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, his key involvement with photography courses and exams set the standard worldwide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars STUDENTS SAVIOUR 4 Feb 2003
This book is an absolute godsend for any photographic student. Simple to understand, with plenty of diagrams and text covering every aspect of photography that you would need to know, and is suitable for all levels of photography. It has, and will continue to be a fantastic help to me, throughout my next two years of study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best guide for Professional Photograpers 17 Sep 2001
This is quite simply the best book on the market today giving advanced pratical and theory. Covers every aspect of photography and is a must for anyone interested in advancing there photographic technique.
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(6th Edition 1998) This edition focuses upon the theoretical and technical aspects of photography and covers:-
Amateur v Professional photography
Choosing Lenses
Camera Equipment
How Camera materials Work (film v digital)
Lighting control
Tone Control
Subject Problems
Film Processing Management
Colour Printing
Extending photography

Unfortunately too technical and out-dated for my taste. I was looking for something that would provide advice on advanced photo taking techniques. I wasn't interested in the choice of lenses and cameras, film and processing So the only chapters of interest were Lighting, Tone and Subject Problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best photography textbook available 3 Jan 2007
By Ivaylo Iordanov - Published on
The late Michael Langford was one of the most prominent and acomplished authors of photography essays. His works are unrivaled in their analitical depth, focus on the fundamental principals and mechanisms in photography, but also in their serious academic approach on the subject.

Advanced Photography together with its companion volume Basic Photography are in my opinion truly invaluable source of well written, instructive information, covering nearly every aspect of the photographic process.

In this day and age where there is stifling overabundance of shallow, uninspiring and downright useless "textbooks", which are unable to teach you anything, Advanced Photography and Basic Photography stand as standard setting, one of a kind tutorials. Very highly recomended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "advanced" photography 12 Oct 2004
By Brent Townshend - Published on
Although this book is not for everyone, I found it to be the best explanation and reference for many aspects of photography. Unlike other books, this goes into depth to explain the technology well. It is the kind of book that explains Density vs. Exposure curves, color balance and white point temperature (even mireds), lens, cameras, studio lights, etc, etc. It doesn't go into great depth of how to actually compose and capture a great picture, but it does go a long way to explaining how the tools work at a level that engineers or technology-savy people will appreciate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first steps as a photographer... 17 Oct 1998
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Hi there, Well, I'm photographer. In 1982 I got that book and learnt photography by it. My first steps as a photographer... Today I have MA degree in photography and arts but still hapy to recommend this book.
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Langford is the best photo author I've read 21 Dec 1998
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It is a great book to further understand photographic concepts from a scientific point of view. If anyone wants to master his photo skills this is the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Technical details 7 Aug 2003
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This book (5th edition) provided a few good, new tips and explainations, but my overall impression is one of incredibly technical detail on the practical aspects of equipment and processes. I feel like it's important enough to have a general understanding of "how things work" to stick with this book, but it does not give much advice on how to think about or approach photography. My eyes often glaze as they pass over how to read manufacturers' charts and graphs, how calculate focal length and color balance, etc., but if you're into that kind of information, you might be interested.
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