The Camera, Paperback Book

The Camera Paperback

Part of the New Photo Series series

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Ansel Adams produced some of the century's truly memorable photographic images and helped nurture the art of photography through his creative innovations and peerless technical mastery.

This handbook - the first volume in Adam's celebrated series of books on photographic techniques - has taught a generation of photographers how to harness the camera's artistic potential.

It remains as vital today as when it was first published. Along with visualization, image management, Adams' famous Zone System, and other keys to photographic artistry, The Camera covers 35mm, medium-format, and large-format view cameras and offers detailed advice on camera components such as lenses, shutters, and light meters.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs as well as instructive line drawings, this classic manual belongs on every serious photographer's bookshelf.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, photographs, 40 drawings
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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  • Category: Photographic equipment & techniques
  • ISBN: 9780821221846



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Great read if you're serious about photography. Shows how a camera works. Worth reading, even if you're shooting digital only (like me).

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Many people know Ansel Adams was a photographer, fewer know he was the preeminent photographer of his time (and that extends to now), and still fewer know that Adams was also a photo-chemist, mathematician, and technical genius who elevated photography from being an interesting gimmick to an accepted art form.“The Camera” is the first of three volumes of the world’s most comprehensive instruction in wet photography. The information in this book is accessible to novices through seasoned professionals. It is difficult to imagine a more elegant or instructive piece of literature ever being written on digital photography and it is a sad commentary on our changing lifestyles that Kodak has stopped making paper and chemicals for black and white photography.This is an excellent book. Very well written, copiously diagrammed and explained, and in the words of the master, himself. If you appreciate photography, you owe it to yourself to have this three volume set in your possession.DaveD. A. Blankinship