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New look on an old classic.
on 1 January 2011
I read the original Langford Basic Photography in 1973. I had just bought an SLR and wanted to find out more about the fundamentals of photography. This last year I bought a digital SLR and wished to update my knowledge, and so looked to the updated Langford.
I found that the updated book was much better illustrated, and a great deal of the technical detail which had originally been in the main text was now, if included, usefully tucked away inside the Appendices.
There are several errors to do with figure references. Some of the photograph comparisons are labelled the wrong way round - b should be a etc. Also, page 384 reference to a figure... of frames made by Tony Rae, a non existent reference that should be deleted.
Apart from these minor errors, I found the book a good read. It maintains a great deal of information around the analogue, or film camera. It does discuss digital in some separate chapters, but makes useful comparisons between film and digital throughout the text. The text is clear, and straight forward. It does not overwhelm the reader with science, but clearly lays out the basics. Where appropriate it makes comparison between different technologies. Terminology, and basic ideas are well explained. The authors realise that in depth discussion of any one technology is futile, and will date, and aim to give the reader the a basic understanding of the principles allowing them to go on to make their own decisions regarding cameras, lenses and processing methods.
The aim of the book is to give the reader an understanding of the principles and tools used to make photographs. Getting there exposes the reader to criteria by which to judge their own and others photographs. I enjoyed the book, and look forward to reading the second volume - the Advanced Photography - when it is re-issued in the near future.