The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, #1) by Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams has a dry and terse style, I think I havent read technical books with so much content per word, very little is wasted. This book is relatively small, but there is so much information that it must be read carefully.
Much of the book seems out of date, and it is, but even the things most people are very unlikely to ever use (view camera) have very interesting insights into the optics and different possibilities. I had no idea of what was possible to do with a view camera because of the bellows, adjustments to the lens plane and film plane. An eye opener. In twitter era and TL;DR (too long, didnt read) era, realizing the amount of time it takes preparing a photo is unbelievable (and this is just the first part of the story... there are three).
This books shows any person how easy we have it taking photographs. Point and shoot it is, the camera takes care of the rest. Of course that has nothing to do with the quality of the photograph, but the convenience today is astonishing. The whole process appears to be quite simple if you dont go beyond automatic settings.
This is the book to read for anyone interested in knowing more about photography, both the principles and practice. I highly recommend it. Now Ill have to get The Negative and The Print.
The University of Rochester, Captured Through the Lens of Ansel Adams
Camera And Lens: The Creative Approach
The photographs in Intimate Nature: Ansel Adams and the Close View represent an under recognized and rarely examined aspect of Ansel Adams's half-century-long career: his study of the intimate details of nature through the close view of his camera. This guide addresses historical, technical, and aesthetic issues central to Adams and to this body of work It explores issues such as the beauty of the natural world, interaction with nature on a direct and human scale. The archive contains over 3, exhibition prints and a complete research collection of the artist's negatives, correspondence, contact prints, and other original material. The long career of Ansel Adams represents a prolific and rich contribution to American photography including many hundreds of images that continue to profoundly influence the conception and practice of the art of photography. This selection addresses a less popularly recognized and rarely examined aspect of Adams's vision: his preoccupation with photographing the intimate details of nature.
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The view camera allowed Adams to adjust the film plane and the lens plane so he could control the depth of field and the size relationships of objects in the frame with tilt and rise and fall movements. Using this technique, he was able to alter the perspective to his desire, whether he was trying to achieve perspective control through rise movements in Yosemite or increasing the depth of field by making the lens standard tilt down. In Half Dome, for example, he was able to achieve a tack-sharp foreground, background and middle ground and keep the granite face from appearing to fall backward by using rise and fall movements and stopping down. By tilting the lens standard of his view camera, he could extend the depth of field from very close to infinity. By shifting the lens standard of the view camera, Adams was able to shift horizontally for some of the landscapes so that he could make perfect parallel lines for his scenic images.