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Making Photographs

AuthorPhilip Greenspun Entered2000-12-23 02:09:57 by bcrowell
Editedit data record FreedomCopyrighted, doesn't cost money to read, but otherwise not free (disclaimer)
SubjectT.R - Photography
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Amusing, clear, and informative
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2000-12-23 02:09:57, review #38
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better than 80%
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better than 80%
Here's a writer who knows that his first duty is to entertain! This has the potential to be a dry, technical subject, especially since the book is about photographic technique rather than more explicitly artsy matters, but not a chapter went by without at least a chuckle from this reader.

I'm only a beginning landscape and still-life photographer, so I can't claim to be the ultimate authority on this book's value. I did learn some good things from it, especially the first chapter, on light; the strong anti-flash message must be right, because it agrees with my own opinions.

I was a little surprised at how little Greenspun had to say about certain topics, such as digital techniques and composition. (Regarding digital stuff, he does give some information about how various films work with scanners.) Also, there is no introductory material on the meaning of focal lengths, f-stops, etc., which was fine for me, but might befuddle the absolute novice. The chapter on exposure was interesting from a technical point of view, but it seemed as though a lot of it would become irrelevant if one just bracketed one's exposures.

This is an enjoyable, informative, and concise book for the photographer who is ready to move beyond the basics. And it's free!

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