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Sunday, June 28, 2009

What are the fundamentals of photography?

The book is thick: 352 pages, and is packed with information. This book stands out as a rather comprehensive collection of photographic knowledge.

Beginners and advanced users alike will find a staggering amount of information, all of it illustrated with interesting and well annotated photographs, illustrations and charts. One would think that such a description would go well with the term ‘Information overload’, but the book does no such thing. It leaves you with enough information to understand a topic and appreciate it’s key points and then moves on.

Most books such as these tend to focus mainly on film photography, with digital added-on as an after thought or footnote. Fundamentals of Photography, on the other hand takes you through the basics of both film and digital photography in an intimate and comprehensive manner. It helps you understand the processes going on behind the scenes when you press the shutter release. This book is also a safe bet if you want talking material or feel like oozing geekery at the next photo-walk. The breadth of material is so wide and varied that it will look right on just about any photographer’s bookshelf.

If you’re a newbie who really wants to understand photography, this book will take you where you want to go. If you’re an experienced photographer who feels out of touch with the internet, self-learning and digital photography, this book will bring you back up to speed in the traditional manner - with wisdom in black and white.

If you’re a pro, this book cant hurt… I’m sure you’ll find snippets of information that you’ve not seen before… For example, did you know that there are three stages in JPG compression, and that not all of them are lossy? Some of these nuggets of information may just help you squeeze out that extra 2% of brilliance in your photographs.
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