Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Originally published in and first revised in , The Art of Photography has sold well over , copies and has firmly established itself as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography. Featuring nearly beautiful photographs in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers who seek to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. Without talking down to anyone or talking over anyone's head, renowned photographer, teacher, and author Bruce Barnbaum presents how-to techniques for both traditional and digital approaches.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography first published in , which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography. In his accessible style, Barnbaum presents how-to techniques for both traditional and digital approaches.
Yet he goes well beyond the technical as he delves deep This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography first published in , which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography. Yet he goes well beyond the technical as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography. This book is geared toward every level of photographer who seeks to make a personal statement through their chosen medium.
This newest incarnation of his book, which has evolved over the past 35 years, will prove to be an invaluable photographic reference for years to come. This is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer. Filled with over beautiful photographs, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 5th by Rocky Nook first published May More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 04, Mike rated it it was amazing. It's a bit up and down this book. I'd give it 6 stars if I could for the first and last 50 pages, and two for everything inbetween.
Excellent insightful writing on the "why" of photography in the good bits, especially the parts on capturing your emotional response to a scene rather than a realistic picture of the scene. Now I know why I just can't take decent photos of some things, I'm just not interested in them enough to have any emotional response. The middle chapters are concerened ent It's a bit up and down this book.
The middle chapters are concerened entirely with the Zone System, film delveloping and printing, and framing techniques. Other than as an historical aside, I found them of little use as a solely digital photographer. I skimmed over pages before getting back to the creative stuff. I'd already read through Ansel Adams' "The Negative" and "The Print", so I felt no need to go through another lesson in picking developing fluids. I also found a lot of his photos were not to my tastes at all, especailly the abstracts, but that's not really the point of the book.
I'm still going to give it 5 stars because it's one of the best photography books I've ever read on the artistic side of photography. If you actually shoot and develop film, it would be perfect! Apr 28, Michael Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favs , art , teaching.
I don't really know where to start this review. Bruce Barnbaum 's The Art of Photography is a book about art, design, self-expression, and creativity. It's also about photography, from the technical aspects both film and digital to a discussion about photography myths.
Overall, I learned much and found this book wonderful! For the former aspect, I will recommend it to all Ph. In eighteen chapters, the book covers much ground. It first discusses photography as communication Chapter 1 ; followed by the elements of composition increasingly technical, from the general discussion about composition in Chapter 2, to the presentation of light and color in Chapters 5 and 6, respectively.
Then, the book explains the core of photographic technique, with filters and the zone system exposure explained carefully in Chapters 7 through 9; Chapter 9, on the extended zone system, explains how to work in a high dynamic range with visible results and dispels the myth of only 10 zones being available to the film photographer.
Chapter 10 presents the printing process; it's rather technical. Chapter 11 introduces digital photography as a complement to its film counterpart. Chapter 12 closes the circle of technical aspects of photographyafter visualization, exposure, development, and printing, with presentation dry mounting and correcting mistakes in the mounted picture. After a summary of the most common faults of thinking about photography Chapter 13 , Chapters 14 through 18 present a debate about artistic integrity, meaning and limitations of photography as an art, and creativity and personal philosophy.
I enjoyed very much the analysis of many things creative and technical regarding film photography. Having started from digital, I can finally understand some of the things that differentiate the two approaches, and also some of the unifying themes like the zone system vs channel histograms.
The discussion about art was, for me, exquisite. The formulation of a vision for each photograph is a concept that is novel for me, but following various fields of artistic interest and merging visualization with perfect execution are ideas that resonate with me. The explanations and discussions about these matters were cogent and delightful, even when I did not agree with the tone or even the argument.
I was very impressed with the discussion about the professional limit imposed on creativity by obtuse editors, curators, and reviewers. Simply, these categories of professionals may severely limit the art and published expression of artists to "what sells" or to what each artist has come to be known for. To alleviate this problem, Bruce suggests a broadening of the portfolio, either from the start, or whenever allowed by the publisher's wishes; this approach could match the natural expressive and technical development of the artist.
I found the part on creativity refreshing, if a bit trivial. It's perseverance and a few related traits that, in the view of Bruce Barnbaum, enable creativity.
No recipe that's normal , but luck and hard work and knowing what one wants this also contradicts with Chapter 17's take on intuition. There are very few things I did not like in this book. Perhaps, at least in the beginning, the toneBruce talks disparagingly of beginners, people adhering to rules of composition, technically adept people, pretty much everyone who does not take what Bruce considers to be a pure approach; yet, in Chapter 17, Bruce becomes human and admits than lack of control over the visualization of the image can be useful.
Another slightly negative aspect was the treatment of digital photography, rather limited and in general considered less good; again, the view expressed in this book varies, depending on the subject to photograph, so perhaps digital is not so bad.
Last, but not least, the conviction of the author that great photography is always the result of respectful, caring, and in general feelings about the subject of the photograph was unsubstantiated; simplistically, I believe a good, artsy photography could be produced not only by luck by an amateur, especially with the great advances of technology.
Dec 17, Justin Price rated it really liked it. Shifts your thinking when it coming to photography. Some aspects of the book are hard to grasp, but worth re-reading. Help me understand technically why I like some photos and not others. Aug 11, Kathleen Messmer rated it it was amazing. This is probably one of the best books I've read on Photography.
His insights into individual creative expression are unlike any I've ever heard - even in grad school! Read it. You won't be able to put it down. Mar 19, Nicholas Doyle rated it liked it. A painfully dry and boring textbook on photography. I read as much as I could and had to give up. Feb 11, Leigh rated it liked it Shelves: photography , adult-nonfiction. The images are beautiful.
The text is almost useless. I mean, really. Who uses the Zone System anymore? There is some reference to histograms and other digital tools but the book remains primarily a reference tool for the darkroom artist. I'm giving it three stars only because film photographers will find this a must have and like I said, the images are beautiful The rest of The images are beautiful.
I'm giving it three stars only because film photographers will find this a must have and like I said, the images are beautiful The rest of us will find something more relevant to modern photography. View 1 comment. Jul 28, Gowrishankar Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: favourite-reads.
The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression
It has over photographic images, magnificently reproduced in both black and white and color. It contains detailed information on digital approaches to photography and traditional approaches to photography. It is both a textbook on photography and a magnificently designed and printed photographic art book. It even lies flat when opened to the page you want. First released in November, , the amazing success of the book required nine reprints, and the book has been translated into five foreign languages. The prime focus of the book remains squarely on creative, expressive, artistic photography. It is a complete book in its technical information and clear explanations, but it all focuses on putting the technical aspects to use for personally expressive purposes.
The Art of Photography, 2nd Edition
Originally published in and first revised in , The Art of Photography has sold well over , copies and has firmly established itself as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography. Featuring nearly beautiful photographs in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers who seek to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. In this newest edition of the book, Barnbaum has included many new images and has completely revised the text, with particular focus on two crucial chapters covering digital photography: he revised a chapter covering the digital zone system, and includes a brand-new chapter on image adjustments using digital tools. Throughout the book, Barnbaum goes well beyond the technical, as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography so often avoided in other books. This latest incarnation of his textbook—which has evolved, grown, and been refined over the past 45 years—will prove to be an ongoing, invaluable photographic reference for years to come.