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Ansel Adams
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20 July 1995 New Photo (Book 1)

Ansel Adams produced some of the century's truly memorable photographic images and helped nurture the art of photography through his creative innovations and peerless technical mastery. This handbook - the first volume in Adam's celebrated series of books on photographic techniques - has taught a generation of photographers how to harness the camera's artistic potential. It remains as vital today as when it was first published.

Along with visualization, image management, Adams' famous Zone System, and other keys to photographic artistry, The Camera covers 35mm, medium-format, and large-format view cameras and offers detailed advice on camera components such as lenses, shutters, and light meters. Beautifully illustrated with photographs as well as instructive line drawings, this classic manual belongs on every serious photographer's bookshelf.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 2Rev Ed edition (20 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821221841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821221846
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career that spanned five decades Ansel Adams was both America's foremost landscape photographer and an ardent environmentalist. His work has been published in a multitude of books, posters and calendars.

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Photographer, conservationist; born in San Francisco. A commercial photographer for 30 years, he made visionary photos of western landscapes that were inspired by a boyhood trip to Yosemite. He won three Guggenheim grants to photograph the national parks (1944--58).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still definitive 27 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
Though dated, this is still the definitive book on how a camera operates and how to use one to best effect. Aspects of view (AKA technical) cameras will not be useful to most people on a day-to-day basis, but are still essential in understanding the geometry of taking a shot. This book covers what all the newer books on digital photography leave out. It provides all the basics without dumbing down the material to the point of uselessness. It is written in a clear and lucid style with excellent examples from Adams' own work. Truly an essential work for anyone interested in the timeless art of photography. (I don't give it five stars for some omissions which are, in fact, covered in the other two books of this series.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fixing the Shadows... 2 Jan 2011
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I bought this book as a present for myself (from my wife for Christmas...). It has not disappointed.
As well as discussing camera types, shutters, lenses, resolution and sharpness the book has an excellent section on Image Management. So, where does all of this fit and what relevance is it in the Digital Age?
For those of us who love photography and are less attracted to the tenchno gadgetry of the 21st century and who concentrate on light, form and composition and not just capture, this book has much to offer. It is certainly one I will be recommending to my students.
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By Mike B
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Prior to purchase, I read several positive reviews about this book and watched a YouTube review. These convinced me to buy the book, and I am very pleased with it. It's a wonderful historic document. Ansel Adams really understood camera technology and design. The book gives very detailed explanations of topics like theory and design of apertures and shutters, lens design, depth of field and perspective. It also contains some of Ansel Adams' black and white pictures, which he used to illustrate points regarding camera operation.

The descriptions are very clear, from first principles to complex detail, with very good diagrams. The book is a very good introduction to photography, and a very useful reference document.

It is a high quality reprint of the final edition from 1980. Although written several decades ago it covers camera theory and technology that is still fully relevant today. However, as it was written before the advent of digital cameras, the book does not, of course, contain any information on technology specific to digital cameras, such as digital sensors.

I have several other books about cameras and photography by other authors, but I learnt a lot from reading Ansel Adams' book. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to understand the fundamental of camera operation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The basic principles never change 13 July 2012
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I purchased the trilogy of these books, The Camera, The Negative and The Print as I wished to reintroduce myself to the magic of film based photography. Ansel Adams was a formative photographer, he was also methodical, systematic and philosophical. If you enjoy detailed, clear and concise information combined with art then I think you will enjoy his approach. Yes, these books were written before the mass introduction of digital media, but knowing the roots of any subject is bound to produce insights and connections. Photography is about images, emotions and interpretation. You may consider little value in understanding something of different film types, papers and developers, but digital manipulation seeks to replicate these same effects with filters and settings and understanding the origins of the processes involved may enhance your understanding of where we are now. You never know you may even try using film again, you just need to slow down a bit, but that may not be a bad thing for any us, after all photography is about looking, really looking and seeing things others can't see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
For anyone who owns or is considering a View Camera, this is the must have book on how to use and operate it.
It is the book by which all other View Camera books are judged.
Adams goes from the basics through to examples of how he set up his camera to produce some of his most iconic images.
I have read and re-read mine many times over the years and still refer back to it from time to time.
It would also of interest to anyone who is fascinated by Ansel Adams and the fabulous work that he produced.

Also check out Books 2 and 3 in this series, The Negative and The Print. The three books build to be a terrific guide to producing fine art Photographs.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ansel adams the camera 1985?? ed 20 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Interesting book and very interesting to see how little has changed
Some great ideas in there and it makes you feel like this "photography thing" is at least as much art as science and probably significantly more of the former.
This particular Edition is badly produced with slanted type setting, and a weak spine. While the paper and shots look great it has the feel of a reasonably well produced university lab manual.

In terms of what I paid for it, my experience with the seller, the delivery and packaging, and the description of the text I have no complaints - however if you want a nice book for your collection - I'd look for a different edition.
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