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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; 2004th ed. edition (Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452284252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452284258
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Outstanding Photos are Only Steps Away with This New Edition
What camera should you buy, and what are the best ways to use it? The answers are found in this major fourth revision of THE BASIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY. This classic guide has been a best-selling handbook for amateur and professional photographers for the past 23 years.
The much expanded 4th edition -- 560 pages and more than 300 photos and illustrations -- features the latest technologies and methods in the world of photography, including electronic imaging with digital cameras. Also covered are the innovative AP (Advanced Photo System) cameras, and computerized features of modern 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) and compact cameras.
This definitive guide takes you from buying a camera to understanding its controls, composing the best pictures, and showing off your results. Special sections of the book cover films, lenses, flash, filters, accessory equipment, travel photography, and even how to process films and make prints in your own darkroom. An all-inclusive glossary of photographic terms makes THE BASIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY of extra value to all photographers, whether a beginning snapshooter or an experience pro.
The authors -- Michele and Tom Grimm -- are a husband-and-wife team who have spent more than 25 years traveling the globe in search of the perfect photographic image. We now have a library of 150,000 photographs, many of which have been published worldwide. Tom also has written THE BASIC DARKROOM BOOK, a companion photography guide published by Plume/Penguin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Grimm is a freelance photographer based in Oregon who has spent more than 40 years behind a camera and in the darkroom. He has taught at UC Irvine and has traveled to more than 125 countries on assignment for major publications. He is the co-author of The Basic Book of Photography.

Michele and Tom Grimm are freelance photographers and writers who have written and illustrated a dozen other adult and children s books. They live in Oregon."

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By A Customer on 25 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
I have had a Minolta 400si SLR for a year. It is an entry-level SLR camera. up until I read Tom and Michele's wonderful book, I never took good photographs.
When I read their book, I finally understood f-stops and metering. I now understand why the first 50 rolls I shot all had underexposed skin tone. The first role I shot after I read the book cover to cover gave me more "keepers" than any roll before it.
There is no better book for the SLR novice to understand the functioning of his camera than this one. And do not get taken in when the rocket scientists of Photography belittle your particular brand of camera -- apply the Grimms' advice and you will find dramatic improvement in the performance of your camera (well it is actually the photographer that has improved :-))
The book has a very good chapter on composition. However I wish it had more chapters on the "Art" of photography. Things like how to find interesting subjects, how to shoot subjects, etc.
This book is excellent for understanding how an SLR works, with some good advice on composition thrown in.
Readers will find this book to be very compatible with "Photography for Dummies", which deals more with how to take photographs.
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By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
A great, simple introduction for budding photographers who are barely sure which part of the camera is the business end. Rather than offer step-by-step technical knowledge, this is more of an overview of every aspect of photography from what exposure actually means through to shutter speeds. The last few chapters deal with simple techniques to help proto-David Baileys get off to a good start. However, anyone with a level of photography knowledge above very basic will hanker for something more comprehensive.
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By A Customer on 29 Feb. 2000
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If you are a beginner to Photography, this a must read. I recommend that you read it before you buy a camera. The book explains clearly the fundamental principles of Photography. The chapters on exposure, film, Lenses, Flash and Filters are extensive and well written. Go through those chapters and you will have a good techincal knowledge of Photography. And if you were conptemplating of buying the "Dummy" book, my opinion is dont. You are much better of having this one on your desk.
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This book simply is the most well-written and approachable all-in-one guide to photography that I've ever read. It goes from from beginning (picking a camera) to end (basic developing). The book is written in a very no-nonsense down-to-earth style that is very approachable. While it's certainly longer and more wordy than books like 'Photography for Dummies' and 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography' there is no fluff. My only very minor quibbles with the book are these: (1) no specific equipment recommendations are made, though brief mention is made of camera brands, (2) no comparison of APS versus 35mm quality is made and (3) while there are quite a few pictures in the book, I wanted more examples (some in color would've been nice).
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