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With over a half million copies sold worldwide of the original edition, The Book of Photography is the ultimate book for learning simple techniques for taking better pictures. Revised and updated with 24 new pages that deal with digital photography for the first time and expands on all of Hedgecoe's expert guidance, this book is packed with practical advice from one of the best photographers on the last 30 ...
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With over a half million copies sold worldwide of the original edition, The Book of Photography is the ultimate book for learning simple techniques for taking better pictures. Revised and updated with 24 new pages that deal with digital photography for the first time and expands on all of Hedgecoe's expert guidance, this book is packed with practical advice from one of the best photographers on the last 30 years.

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Internationally acclaimed photographer John Hedgecoe has shared his methods with millions of readers since his classic, The Book of Photography, was first published in 1976. In addition to his distinguished career as a teacher, his photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. He published John Hedgecoe's New Book of Photography with DK in 1994.

Combines detailed, specific instructions for getting the most out of your camera technically with practical advice about accomplished amateur to experise.

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This is an updated and expanded edition of Hedgecoe's 1994 book of the same title. The original Book of Photography was considered a bible in the field and sold more than 100,000 copies; this version-filled with wonderful examples of both color and black-and-white photography-well surpasses its predecessor, encompassing digital photography and expanding on techniques, tips, and advice on how to see better pictures. In addition to the subjects one would expect to be covered (section titles include "Portraits," "Still Life," "Landscapes," and "Architecture"), Hedgecoe discusses more elusive topics, e.g., "How To Capture Character." The heart of the book is the 148-page section, "How To Take Better Pictures," which touches on every consideration involved in turning an ordinary picture into an exceptional one. If your library has only one book on photography, this should be it. Highly recommended for public and special libraries as well as private collections.-Karen MacMurray, Cape Coral P.L., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756609474
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    A Book for the Camera Bag

    I¿ve never had a John Hedgecoe book that I did not love the same holds true for the new edition of ¿The Book of Photography¿. John Hedgecoe has been writing books on photography for decades and doing a great job of it. He began with what I like to refer to as his mentorship books in 1976 with the now classic ¿The Book of Photography¿. This new edition of that classic is no exception -- it continues to serve as a guiding light for those who want to learn the art of photography. While ¿The Book of Photography¿ is not an encyclopedia of photography, it is an indispensable, superbly written reference book for the beginner and more advanced amateur photographer ¿ even professionals could learn a thing or two. The book is profusely and beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photographs, schematics, and instructions that guide the would-be photographer through the fundamentals and more complex techniques used in photography. Apart from Hedgecoe¿s beautiful photographs, he covers the very basics of photography and photographic equipment, including the various types of cameras from film to digital cameras, film types, lenses and filters, optical principles, depth of field, camera formats, flash, lighting, and so on. Hedgecoe then follows this up with what I consider the most important aspect of photography -- developing the creative eye. Hedgecoe helps the reader to understand and work with composition, color, lighting, and the subject ¿ seeing a picture where others see nothing ¿ this is the essence of creative photography. Then he goes on to various specialties in photography, such as, portraiture, still life, landscape, nature and more. This edition also covers digital photography and the equipment needed to take advantage of and enjoy this relatively new form of photography he also covers the differences between film and digital photography -- the pros and cons. Hedgecoe also writes about the use of special effects to enhance photos, effects using the camera, accessories, the darkroom, and the computer screen. What John Hedgecoe does in his book is to provide detailed explanations with examples that allow the shutterbug to take full advantage of his or her camera and equipment and to take the picture-taking experience to a whole new level. His writing is clear and practical and readers who follow his straightforward suggestions will have very little difficulty in creating eye-catching, stunning photographs. Readers will not go wrong buying ¿The Book of Photography¿. It will serve its owner well it is an excellent choice for the beginner and makes a great refresher and reference book for the advanced photographer. If the format were smaller, it would be in my camera bag.

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