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A User's Guide to the View Camera, Third Edition continues the tradition of offering a practical guide to the professional photographer's ultimate tool: the large-format camera system.

Written in the clear, accessible style that is Jim Stone's hallmark, this text features careful presentation of the unusual features and advantages of large-format and view cameras, practical suggestions for operation and maintenance, and helpful, ...

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Overview

A User's Guide to the View Camera, Third Edition continues the tradition of offering a practical guide to the professional photographer's ultimate tool: the large-format camera system.

Written in the clear, accessible style that is Jim Stone's hallmark, this text features careful presentation of the unusual features and advantages of large-format and view cameras, practical suggestions for operation and maintenance, and helpful, well-illustrated discussions of processes and components, including film systems, lenses, and accessories.

The new edition features new material on digital accessories for large-format photography, including information about view cameras purpose-built for digital use. New illustrations by contemporary photographers update the standard reference on large-format cameras for the new millennium.

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Joseph A. Dickerson
I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who needs to know about view cameras...who wants a really solid book on view camera technique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823049882
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

A User's Guide to the View Camera will tell you how to make photographs with several kinds of cameras referred to by the generic terms large-format and view camera. Format means the size and shape of the film used in a camera, and large-format refers to any camera using film larger than 2 1/4-inch-wide 120 roll film. All of the information about film presented in this book concerns large-format film. View camera is a general name for a group of camera designs in which the lens forms an image directly on a ground-glass screen so you can view that image before committing it to film. Almost all view cameras are large-format. And most large-format cameras are view cameras, so the large-format view camera is used as a model for most of the examples in this book. Other kinds of large-format cameras, discussed in Chapter 6, are usually view cameras with some of the features left off to streamline the camera for a specific application.

The characteristic of almost all view cameras that most differentiates them from other kinds of cameras is that the front and back of the camera are capable of independent movement. And the characteristic of large-format film that makes it most different from small-format film is that it is made and used in sheets, not rolls. A large part of this book is dedicated to an understanding of these unusual features and how they can help you make better pictures. Some view cameras, however, do not incorporate independent movements, and some view cameras that do are not large-format. The province of this book, then, is to introduce you, the photographer, to the use of any camera with large-format film and the operation of any camera with a separately adjustable back or front.

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?

To get the most out of this book, you should already know something about photography. A one-semester black-and-white photography course or its equivalent is a good prerequisite. The chapter on film development, for example, assumes that you have had experience developing roll film; it explains what is different about developing the film used in large-format cameras. This book also assumes that you are familiar, or at least comfortable, with the basics of adjusting and operating hand cameras as it introduces you to the differences (and advantages) of view cameras. If you are learning the basics of photography and the view camera at the same time, you will want to have a good introductory photography book to supplement this one.

In Chapter 2, you will learn about the different parts of the camera—where they are and what they do. Chapter 3 introduces the operation of the camera in its simplest mode; at this point, you will be able to begin to use your camera. With the last half of Chapter 3, you can, at your own pace, add the sophistication of advanced control. Later chapters give you a thorough knowledge of the film systems used in large-format cameras (including the unique Polaroid products), a complete understanding of the lenses you will use, an overview of new electronic and digital cameras, a survey of accessories for special purposes, and some advice on maintaining all your large-format camera equipment.

Other than occasional highlights from the history of the camera, all the information presented here is intended to be practical. And although this book may be of interest to the scientist, theoretician, or camera collector, it is meant primarily for you, the photographer.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
The Camera 6
Using Your Camera 14
Film and Development 58
Lenses and Shutters 74
Cameras 95
More About Lenses 114
Accessories and Options 136
Maintenance 159
Photo Credits 163
Index 165
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Preface

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

A User's Guide to the View Camera will tell you how to make photographs with several kinds of cameras referred to by the generic terms large-format and view camera. Format means the size and shape of the film used in a camera, and large-format refers to any camera using film larger than 2 1/4-inch-wide 120 roll film. All of the information about film presented in this book concerns large-format film. View camera is a general name for a group of camera designs in which the lens forms an image directly on a ground-glass screen so you can view that image before committing it to film. Almost all view cameras are large-format. And most large-format cameras are view cameras, so the large-format view camera is used as a model for most of the examples in this book. Other kinds of large-format cameras, discussed in Chapter 6, are usually view cameras with some of the features left off to streamline the camera for a specific application.

The characteristic of almost all view cameras that most differentiates them from other kinds of cameras is that the front and back of the camera are capable of independent movement. And the characteristic of large-format film that makes it most different from small-format film is that it is made and used in sheets, not rolls. A large part of this book is dedicated to an understanding of these unusual features and how they can help you make better pictures. Some view cameras, however, do not incorporate independent movements, and some view cameras that do are not large-format. The province of this book, then, is to introduce you, the photographer, to the use of any camera with large-format film and the operation of any camera with a separately adjustable back or front.

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?

To get the most out of this book, you should already know something about photography. A one-semester black-and-white photography course or its equivalent is a good prerequisite. The chapter on film development, for example, assumes that you have had experience developing roll film; it explains what is different about developing the film used in large-format cameras. This book also assumes that you are familiar, or at least comfortable, with the basics of adjusting and operating hand cameras as it introduces you to the differences (and advantages) of view cameras. If you are learning the basics of photography and the view camera at the same time, you will want to have a good introductory photography book to supplement this one.

In Chapter 2, you will learn about the different parts of the camera—where they are and what they do. Chapter 3 introduces the operation of the camera in its simplest mode; at this point, you will be able to begin to use your camera. With the last half of Chapter 3, you can, at your own pace, add the sophistication of advanced control. Later chapters give you a thorough knowledge of the film systems used in large-format cameras (including the unique Polaroid products), a complete understanding of the lenses you will use, an overview of new electronic and digital cameras, a survey of accessories for special purposes, and some advice on maintaining all your large-format camera equipment.

Other than occasional highlights from the history of the camera, all the information presented here is intended to be practical. And although this book may be of interest to the scientist, theoretician, or camera collector, it is meant primarily for you, the photographer.

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