Photography (8th Edition) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/4/19
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For introductory and advanced courses in Photography. This best-selling introductory photography text teaches students how to use the medium confidently and effectively by emphasizing both technique and visual awareness. Comprehensive in scope, this book-features superb instructional illustrations and examples in its clear presentation of both black and white and color photography. London offers extensive coverage of digital imaging and the latest technological developments, such as Web page design and formatting photos on CD-ROMs.
I had originally owned the 6th Edition as a course book. Recently a photography group in which I participate decided to do a focus discussion on the book. I purchased the 8th edition and found very minimal differences between the 8th and 6th. Save yourself money and don't bother with the 9th and latest version as you can get bargains on older versions in which the major differences may be which photos are used as demonstrations of a point.
The pictures and illustrations are clear and to the point. The text is very readable and the technical content is perfect for self study. Even for those shooting digital, the chapter on film selection is very relevant as far as describing the concepts of ISO film speed and color balance. The chapters on darkroom film and print development give the best description I could find of the darkroom process. The lighting chapter is very good too. And the chapter on large format saved me countless hours in learning the camera movements.
If you need one book to describe all the photographic processes, this is The Book. I will continue to use this Photography 8th edition as my principal photography reference for years to come.