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John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course Hardcover – 15 Nov 1996
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Excellent for Intro to Photography and Darkroom. Photos are excellent and inforce the author's comments. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is no longer "New", it's old and would not recommend it
First of all, most of the pictures are good, but not /excellent/, and quite frankly, that's what I would expect.
Second of all, it contains a lot of pictures, neatly organized by theme or concept. But it doesn't judge any of the pictures. Granted, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it would be nice if the author said "the reason picture x isn't working as well as picture y is abc". Now, the style is more like "different angles will give different result for pictures. This picture was taken from the front. This picture was taken from the side".
It's not a bad book, and you can learn a lot from studying the pictures and discussing them (I guess that's why the photography class uses it), but it doesn't give 'recipes' on how to be a better photographer, and why to take pictures 'x' and not 'y'. The book is marvelous if you're not looking for those recipes.
But with a title 'introductionary course' is do expect them.
The author did not actually write a book - he just browsed his heap of older photos, selected some and dropped some words to each page.
Good "chapter" names cover all major topics of interest, but there are no chapters themselves - just some words that tell you nothing but something very generic.
Author's ego is something really tremendous. Each photo commented "why this is good", and there is no single photo of other photographer and no single photo that the author would not treat as good.
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