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The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

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This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (first published in 1994), 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 deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography. This book is geared toward every level of photographer who seeks to...

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Overview

This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (first published in 1994), 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 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.

Bruce Barnbaum is recognized as one of the world’s finest photographers as well as an elite instructor. 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 100 beautiful photographs, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables.

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New edition of a text that delves deeply into technical, aesthetic, philosophical, and creative aspects of photography, for serious amateurs and professionals. It provides both technical information and philosophical thought about photography as a medium of personal expression and as an art form, with detailed coverage of elements of composition, visualization, light, and color, as well as exposure and darkroom techniques, presentation, and materials. Includes b&w and color photos with details on exposure and printing. The author has taught photography workshops in North America and Europe since 1972. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952680
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 12/5/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 77,810
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years.

Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.

Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. The Art of Photography was first published in 1994 and remained in print until 2007. Bruce has been self-publishing the book ever since, but with limited distribution (until now).

Bruce is a frequent contributor to several photography magazines. His series "The Master Printing Class" is featured in each issue of Photo Techniques, and his articles are published regularly in LensWork. Through his workshops, articles, lectures, books, and innovative photography, Bruce has become a well-known and highly-respected photographer, educator, and pioneer.

Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black and white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His work is represented by more than ten galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and is in the collections of museums and private collectors worldwide.

Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Stillaguamish Citizens' Alliance, 1000 Friends of Washington, and the North Cascades Conservation Council.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Communication Through Photography

Chapter 2: What is Composition?

Chapter 3: Elements of Composition

Chapter 4: Visualization

Chapter 5: Light

Chapter 6: Color

Chapter 7: Filters

Chapter 8: The Zone System of Exposure for Film

Chapter 9: The Black-and-White Negative and Contrast Control—The Extended Zone System

Chapter 10: The Print

Chapter 11: The Digital Zone System

Chapter 12: Presentation

Chapter 13: Exploding Photographic Myths

Chapter 14: Photographic Techniques and Artistic Integrity

Chapter 15: Photographic Realism, Abstraction, and Art

Chapter 16: Thoughts on Creativity

Chapter 17: Approaching Creativity Intuitively

Chapter 18: Toward A Personal Philosophy

Testing Materials and Equipment for Traditional Photography

Enlarger Light Sources

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Excellent

    If you read just one book on photography, this one should get strong consideration. While somewhat technical in spots it is still an excellent read for someone serious about improving their technique. One of the best books written on the subject. He is preparing a new book on digital color and it should be great!

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Great for both experienced and beginning photographers

    I bought this because I was searching for more than just a 'how to' book on composition. So many photographers who write books on photography put so much into the 'technical' aspects or the 'rules', giving those who read and follow the 'instruction' just turn out the same photograph as everyone else who has read the book, rules or guidelines.

    This book causes you to open your eyes to the things around you in a totally different light. I call it a must read for photographers.

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