Tuesday, January 14, 2014

10 Film Photography Books to Read

Are you a beginner when it comes to photography? Do you love reading as much as analog photography? Here we pick up a list of 10 photography books related to analogue. These books are not simple books for a beginner, they have remained useful to film photographers of all ages and levels, from composition tips, ABC's of film photography, creating beautiful prints, to building your own darkroom... So, if you love both reading and analog photography, or are simply looking for more useful tips, take note of these interesting film photography reads.

The Negative (The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2) by Ansel Adams and Robert Baker [Amazon]

The early chapters are devoted to a discussion of light, film and exposure. What follows is a detailed discussion of the zone system, chapters on natural and artificial light and at the end is an extensive chapter on the darkroom and its equipment.

The Printed Picture by Richard Benson [Amazon]

The Printed Picture traces the changing technology of picture-making from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on the vital role of images in multiple copies. The book surveys printing techniques before the invention of photography; the photographic processes that began to appear in the early nineteenth century; the marriage of printing and photography; and the rapidly evolving digital inventions of our time. From woodblocks to chromolithographs, from engravings to bar codes, from daguerreotypes to contemporary color photographs, the book succinctly examines the full range of pictorial processes. Exploring how pictures look by describing how they are made, author Richard Benson reaches fascinating and original conclusions about what pictures can mean.

The Darkroom Cookbook by Steve Anchell [Amazon]

The art of darkroom developing and printing will never go out of style. Master darkroom specialist Steve Anchell is back to prove it in this long-awaited third edition of his enormously successful Darkroom Cookbook. Packed with over 200 "recipes," some common and others rare gems, you'll discover something new every time you open this guide, whether you're new to the darkroom or have been making your own prints for years. In addition to the formulas, you'll find tons of useful information on developers, push-processing, where to get darkroom equipment, how to set up your own darkroom, how to work and play in your darkroom safely, and much more. This handy guide will become a constant companion for every darkroom enthusiast creating prints at home or in the studio.

Elements of Black and White Printing by Carson Graves [Amazon]

Whether you are a novice or an expert in the darkroom, the second edition of The Elements of Black-and-White Printing will give you the tools necessary to control your print making. You will learn the proper techniques for exposing a print, how to choose the correct paper contrast, and ways to find the best combination of paper and developer for your images. In addition to explaining the procedures, this unique book contains exercises that help you calibrate these procedures with your own equipment with the materials you prefer. Photographers will find this book an essential resource in the darkroom.

Elements of Black-and-White Printing will help you learn how to choose the right exposure and contrast for your negative; select papers, developers, and toners that complement each other; print negatives with extreme contrast ranges; salvage seemingly hopeless negatives and prints; print, develop, and store negatives and prints for maximun life; display your photographs in a way that enhances their message; properly align your enlarger; and more.

Darkroom Dynamics: A Guide to Creative Darkroom Techniques by Jim Stone [Amazon]

This popular book presents creative darkroom techniques in a step-by-step format. It includes multiple printing, montage, toning, reticulation, infrared film, high contrast, combination coloring, dye transfer, liquid emulsions, Sabattier, and much more. Darkroom Dynamics has the information and photographs to expand the the reader's awareness of the sophisticated images which are possible in photography today.

Darkroom Dynamics has been written to be easily comprehensible to the novice photographer attempting experimental photography for the first time. It serves not only as a forum for the serious display of experimental and manipulated photographs but also as a comprehensive source on how to make these images.

The Darkroom Handbook by Michael Langford [Amazon]

The Darkroom Handbook is a complete illustrated manual of skills, equally useful to the beginner who has never processed film but wants to try and to the experienced amateur or professional who is already highly proficient in darkroom procedures. From the most basic techniques (setting up a darkroom, loading film in a developing tank, handling chemicals) to the most complicated (making dye transfer prints, solarization, pointillism effects), it explains everything, step by step, with an abundance of photographs, drawings, and charts that no other book can match. Written by one of the world's foremost photographic educators and produced by the editorial team responsible for such best-selling guides as The Photographer's Handbook and The Step-by-Step Guide to Photography, this book has been carefully organized to lead the novice readily into progressively more interesting and sophisticated procedures. For the first time in any darkroom book, a major emphasis has been placed on color -- not only basic processing and printing, but also advanced methods of handling color creatively.

Comprehensive, wonderfully clear, handsomely produced and printed, The Darkroom Handbook is an essential part of every photographer's library.

The New Darkroom Handbook by Joe DeMaio, Roberta Worth, Dennis Curtin [Amazon]

This book features ideas and money-saving tips on how to put a darkroom almost anywhere in your home or apartment. It takes you inside darkrooms of photographers around the world including those of famous photographers such as Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Berenice Abbott, and W. Eugene Smith. In addition, it contains detailed do-it-yourself plans for the most essential darkroom components, cutouts and design grids to plan that "dream" darkroom, and special sections on the color darkroom and the digital darkroom.

Into Your Darkroom Step by Step by Dennis Curtin [Amazon]

A thoroughly illustrated guide for beginners, this book explains everything from setting up a darkroom to evaluating and improving final prints.

Rangefinder: Equipment, History, Techniques by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz [Amazon]

Small, light, quiet, and easy to use, with compact lenses that provide good contrast, rangefinders have always had their devotees. Whether you are about to buy a new model, wondering how to get the best from one you own, or reminiscing about the camera you once had, this is the ultimate guide to the rangefinder. Filled with inspiring photos and practical advice, it helps both users and collectors filter out the hype and choose the equipment that best suits their needs. The in-depth information covers selecting and manipulating focal lengths and speed; accessories, from the everyday to arcane; techniques for maximum quality and ease of operation; formats from sub-miniature to 8x10 inches; and direct-vision cameras. A beautiful and valuable handbook that's a must-have for photographers.

The Joy Of Photography by Eastman Kodak Co. [Amazon]

New Technology makes 35mm cameras extremely easy to use, with autofocus, autoexposure, dedicated flash, and many other electronic features. Yet photographers still need their creativity to make great pictures, and know-how to select useful tools. The Joy of Photography is your best guide to all these topics. It explains how to get the most from automatic camera functions and when to turn them off. You'll find complete guidelines on lenses, filters, and other accessories. And this is the only guide to explore the makings of an individual photographic style.

Well-known professionals Galen Rowell, Annie Leibowitz, and Joyce Tenneson have provided portfolios of their work and discussed how they developed their distinctive style. Many other famous photographers are represented throughout the book, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Jill Krementz, as well as unique award-winning shots taken by amateurs.

The Joy of Photography will inspire you with more than 600 photographs, in color and black and white, illustrating tested advice on the most common photographic challenges.

*If your favorite book isn't on the list, just leave the title and a little about your book in the comments! All information from Amazon.com

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