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New Photo Series 2: Negative:: The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2 Paperback – 20 Jul 1995
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A master-class kind of guide from an undisputed master. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
Adams is a clear-thinking writer whose concepts cannot but help the serious photographer. (NEW YORK TIMES)
About the Author
Ansel Adams was a commercial photographer for 30 years, he won three Gugenheim grants to photograph the National Parks. Founding the f/64 group with Edward Weston in 1932, he developed zone exposure to get maximum tonal range from black and white film.
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Some people have accused this (and the two sister books) as being out of date. This is misleading because the main thrust of the whole trilogy (but especially The Negative) is the concept of visualisation of the final print and the techniques can be carried over into all formats and are analagous. The Negative concentrates on the importance of visualising the desired end result at the time of exposure. This is so important, whether you shoot film or digitlly. You can't make a silk purse from a sows ear. You have to start with the best exposure you can possibly achieve.
I would highly recommend any aspiring (and experienced!) photographers to study this book, it certainly helped me an enourmous amount.
New Photo Series 1: Camera
Whilst, of course, the book is centred on producing a negative, the principles outlined in the text, especially those concerning exposure, not only can, but SHOULD be applied to digital photography as well.
The text is clearly written, does not waste words and is not (in my opinion) particularly difficult to read; I read this book in the same way that I would read a novel, sitting on the sofa with a mug of tea or a glass of wine- NOT studying it like an academic text at a desk!
Adams' discussion of the Zone System is complete, clear and accurate. It is illustrated with beautifully printed examples of the author's own work and includes chapters on how to use filters within the ZS as well as more "advanced" techniques, such as painting with light. (I use speech marks, since the concept is not difficult to understand, but is awkward to put into practise).
Adams' explanation of density-exposure graphs and spectral responsivity graphs is clear and useful, not only to film photographers, but also to those who manipulate their images digitally; the same graphs are used in photo-editing software, as they show the same thing!
Anywho, this is a great book, and don't be put off reading it. If you're interested in photography, just buy it or ask for it for Christmas when you don't know what else to ask for! I really think you won't regret it, and that it will contribute greatly to your ability and desire to make beautiful pictures.
It is very well written and though it seems a little bit outdated (it was written on the 'film days'), in it you will find all the principles and information you need in order to 'visualize',as Adams puts it, before you take the shot even with a digital camera.The rules are applicable with every camera.
Read and enjoy!!
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I bought this book for my husband, as he is into photography lately.Published 22 months ago by Stephanie Haughey