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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 7 edition (23 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240515927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240515922
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of seventh edition:

"A simply excellent introduction to photography - both for students and home enthusiasts" Online reviewer - Amazon

"I found this book to be the best that I have ever seen on the subject of photography not only for 'basic' knowledge but for far more advanced subjects. It is clear, precise, easy to read and more important, easy to understand and apply."
Robert A. Freson, Professional Travel and Nature Photographer

"...an excellent reference manual for anyone starting out in photography."
Amateur Photographer

Reviews of previous editions:

"This is a book that no one who takes photography seriously should be without." Amateur Photographer

"The book has remained the standard introductory work for aspiring professional photographers. The book as a whole deserves the highest praise." The British Journal of Photography

"Will provide a good grounding in principles, as well as a number of useful tips based on the science. For the more serious enthusiast, a must-have." Online reviewer - Amazon

From the Publisher

Photography, or `light drawing,' is essentially a combination of technique and visual observation. Developing your ability to make successful photographs must include some basic technical theory, otherwise you will not get the most out of your tools, fuIly explore materials, or turn out reliable results. Basic Photography explains the equipment and techniques, provides background on how current 'silver halide' processes work, and shows the relationship between visual and technical aspects of photography. It provides the underpinning knowledge to allow you to take truly creative and original pictures, whilst at the same time acting as a handy reference source for when imaginative ideas require the learning of new techniques.Basic Photography is an international bestseller with a long established reputation as the introductory textbook for photography. Initially published over thirty years ago the book has been re-written and revised regularly, and translated into four foreign language editions. It remains a classic reference source for students and newcomers to photography of all ages.Basic Photography:7 assumes no theoretical knowledge of photography, nor any scientific background7 provides a summary of each chapter for easy revision7 allows you to put into practice what you have learned through practical projects7 is a recommended textbook for A Level, City and Guilds, HND and Degree photography courses7 covers both black and white photography, processing and printing; and colour photography and film processing7 encourages study of the roles that photographs play and the structure of picture making, alongside technical skills

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I was given this book as a present at Foundation Art Level and it has continued to be my 'bible' throughout my Photography degree course. Comprehensive, detailed and written in entirely understandable terms, Langford should be the first port of call for all interested in the mechanics of photography.
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Langford is a well-known teacher of photography at university level, and this is his basic-level textbook. Don't be put off by this, though - he uses a nonacademic style which will appeal to the lone or even casual student of photography.
Covering simple optics, lenses, cameras and film, the author guides the student through each topic with good (not brilliant) diagrams and graphics.
Will provide a good grounding in principles, as well as a number of useful tips based on the science. For the more serious enthusiast, a must-have.
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A very good starting point for anyone who wants to expand their understanding of photography. Starting from the ground up, Langford introduces his readers to the science, theory and practice of photography in clear, easy to understand terms without being condescending.

As someone who has always been interested in photography but, until recently, had never really taken the time to read deeply on the subject, this book was a great help in my progression from "beginner" to "serious beginner" and then "amateur". :P

It's useful for film and/or digital photographers, as much of the information applies to both formats, although some of the book deals with film alone.

I also recommend "The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography (4th Edition)" to anyone who wants to truly acquire a thorough knowledge of past, present and future photography.
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This book is perfect for anyone starting out in the bobby and also for more experienced photographers who need a reference source. Each section is well layed out with a summary at the end plus projects for the reader to try.
The book covers both film and digital so everyone is catered for, including medium and large format users.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an ineterest in taking photo's and who wants to improve there knowledge and ability
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i was told to get this book by my photography teacher at college. Its amazing. i recomend this book to new comers, the experienced and even professionals to catch up on anything theyve missed. It goes through all the basics and certainly covers my 2 years at college. This book is going to be helping me every step of the way!
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A simply excellent introduction to photography - both for students and home enthusiasts.
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Even a seasoned photographer like me can learn something. Books that are designed for absolute newbies can often deliver nuggets of information. Langford delivers nuggets in spades and whilst perhaps over technical in places, this book is one that all aspiring, competent and skilled photographers should have on their bookshelves.

Other books I'd recommend to sit alongside this book and again, not aimed at just amateurs are the Scott Kelby photography books and books by Bryan Peterson.

There's a whole load more out there but with these three authors you're well on your way to making more than simply holiday snap type images. You'll begin to see the world through a whole new creative eye, with practice, and those once boring (sorry!) holiday pics will breath new life and become interesting.
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This book is an essential if your starting photography and even if you're advanced you will find a lot of useful stuff inside.
There is only one thing I don't really like and this is referring to pictures and diagrams which are on different pages and the only reference is a 'picture number' without a page reference. Nowadays we have text processing programs which do this automatically.
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