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Overview

Langford's Basic Photography is a seminal photography text. First published in 1965, it has informed the work and career of many of the world's leading photographers.

The new, 9th edition, continues the tradition of its predecessors, reflecting the same comprehensive mix of scholarly and practical information. It covers every aspect of photography, from capture through to output, both digital and analogue. There is an emphasis on explaining the 'how to' of photography, but Langford's Basic also includes in-depth coverage of the fundamental principles that govern the art, such as how light behaves, optics, and the shutter. This ensures that the reader comes away with not only a good grasp of photographic technique, but also an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals that will help them to better understand how great photography is made. As such, it functions both as an excellent coursebook for students of photography, and a great primer and reference for amateur enthusiasts.

The new edition has been fully updated to reflect dynamic changes in the industry. These changes include: an expansion and overhaul of the information on digital cameras and digital printing; an emphasis on updating photographs to incude a wider range of international work; replacement of many diagrams with photos; overhaul of the analogue sections to give a more modern tone (ie exposure measurement and film and filters with some more dynamic photo illustrations); a fully edited and updated photography timeline.

This landmark text is an essential purchase, both for new photographers as an introduction, and for established photographers as an invaluable reference work.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is the ninth edition of a textbook that has become an industry standard since its first publication in 1965. Now updated to include the most recent innovations of the field, it contains an entire chapter on digital cameras and one on post-production of the digital image. From shooting to processing to printing, this guidebook gives thorough instructions in various procedures, equipment, aesthetics, and forms of presentation for the medium. Detailed treatment of the fundamentals for lighting techniques, optics, and composition are enhanced by numerous diagrams, charts and photographic examples. A supplemental glossary and extensive appendices are found at the back.. Either as an introduction for amateurs or as a reference for intermediate photographers, this book is an invaluable resource for practitioners of this field."--Sacramento Book Review

"This is the ninth edition of a textbook that has become an industry standard since its first publication in 1965. Now updated to include the most recent innovations of the field, it contains an entire chapter on digital cameras and one on post-production of the digital image. Detailed treatment of the fundamentals for lighting techniques, optics, and composition are enhanced by numerous diagrams, charts and photographic examples. Whether as an art form or a commercial venture, the complexity of photography requires meticulous and systematic explanations. This is precisely what Langford's Basic Photography provides. Either as an introduction for amateurs or as a reference for intermediate photographers, this book is an invaluable resource for practitioners of this field."--Sacramento Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240521688
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/14/2010
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 583,055
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is a legend because of his skill that balanced art and technique. He inspired and taught thousands. As Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, his key involvement with photography courses and exams set the standard worldwide.
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Table of Contents

Picture credits

Foreword

Introduction

1 What is photography? 1

Why photography? 1

How photography works 3

Picture structuring 9

The roles photographs play 11

Changing attitudes towards photography 15

Personal styles and approaches 22

Measuring success 25

Summary 29

Projects 30

2 Light: how images are formed 31

Light itself 31

Wavelengths and colours 32

Shadows 33

When light reaches a surface 35

Light intensity and distance 39

Making light form images 40

Summary 45

Projects 46

3 Lenses: controlling the image 47

Photographic lenses 47

Aperture and f-numbers 50

Depth of field 52

How depth of field works 55

Depth of focus 58

Image stabilization 59

Lenses for digital cameras 59

Lens care 61

Summary 62

Projects 63

4 Cameras using film 64

The essential components 64

Camera types - which is best? 73

How view cameras work 76

How direct viewfinder cameras work 78

How reflex cameras work 83

Summary 90

Projects 91

5 Using different focal length lenses, camera kits 92

Why change focal length? 92

Lens kits 100

Close-up equipment 106

Essentials and extras 109

Right for the job 111

Summary 112

Projects 113

6 Digital Cameras 114

How are digital images captured? 114

File formats 122

Digital cameras 126

Summary 130

Projects 130

7 Lighting: principles and equipment 31

Basic characteristics of lighting 131

Lighting equipment 140

Practical lighting problems 149

Special subjects 153

Summary 157

Projects 158

8 Organising the picture 159

Noticing subject features 159

Structuring pictures through the camera 175

Where photographs go 184

Summary 194

Projects 195

9 Films, filters 196

Silver halide emulsions 196

Features common to all films 199

Choosing films for black and white 206

Films for colour photography 209

Storing film - before and after exposure 214

So which film is √°best'? 215

Filters - how they work 217

Filter kits 228

Summary 230

Projects 231

10 Exposure measurement 232

Factors that determine what exposure to give 232

Exposing different film types 235

Measuring exposure (continuous light) 239

Practical exposure tips 250

Measuring exposure for flash 252

Practical flash exposure tips 258

Summary 262

Projects 263

11 Film processing 264

Equipment and general preparations 264

Processing black and white (silver image) negatives 273

Processing chromogenic (colour and black and white) negatives 278

Processing colour slides and transparencies 281

Processing other film materials 283

Processing by machine 284

Permanence of processed results 285

Summary 287

Projects 288

12 Black and white printing: facilities and equipment 289

Darkroom organisation 289

Equipment: the enlarger 292

Printing papers 299

Safelighting and printing paper sensitivity 305

Processing procedure 306

Summary 312

Projects 313

13 Black and white printing: techniques 314

Making contact prints 314

√°Straight' enlarging 317

Controls during enlarging 319

Variations 323

Common print faults 330

Chemical afterwork 330

Toning 332

Tinting 334

Retouching 335

Permanence and archiving 336

Summary 339

Projects 340

14 The digital image: post-production 341

Overview 342

Hardware 342

Software 345

Organising your work 345

Saving your digital file 348

Basic editing 350

Advanced editing 359

Summary 378

Projects 379

15 Finishing and presenting work 380

The permanence of prints 380

Mounting methods and framing 381

Spotting 384

Getting your work noticed 385

Pictures on the World Wide Web 390

Building your own site 390

How to get connected 393

Summary 394

Projects 395

Appendices 396

Appendix A Optical calculations 396

Appendix B Camera movements 397

Appendix C Expressing film response 405

Appendix D Chemical formulae 409

Appendix E Health and safety concerns 414

Appendix F Digital notebook 415

Appendix G Photography timeline 417

Glossary 429

Index 457

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