Further Learning From the Written Word

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by MF06D, Jul 15, 2003.

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    MF06D Guest

    Finally, I have settled on my film that I enjoy using (Reala, HD/Royal Gold
    400) and the lab that I have to process my film. I have also mastered my camera
    (Maxxum 7000i; in all modes) and flash unit, and I have a basic set of lenses
    (but I would like to purchase a used zoom lens, Maxxum 70-210 f/4 in addition
    to my 50mm f/1.7 and 35-70 f/4 MACRO).

    After "settling down" a bit, I would like to improve on my technique,
    especially with pictures of people, mostly candid; family, friends--nothing
    formal, but I would like to improve on that if possible. These are mostly
    outdoor pictures, although some indoor, nothing as far as a studio. I am
    interested in purchasing/borrowing a book to use to improve my range of
    creativity. Any reccomendations of authors/books that I should take a look at?

    Thanks.
    Matt
     
    MF06D, Jul 15, 2003
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    Galen Rowell. (Mostly nature, but his comments always really touch me!)


    Start with the Inner Game of Outdoor Photography.


    GOOD LUCK!


    -Bob
     
    Chino Cherokee, Jul 16, 2003
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    Floyd Dennis Guest

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    Hate to "unsettle" you, Matt, but Kodak has unfortunately chosen to
    discontinue Royal Gold 400 production.
     
    Floyd Dennis, Jul 16, 2003
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    Jim Phelps Guest

    The Ansel Adam series is full of valuable and educational material. Start
    with _The Camera_, proceed through _The Negative_ and _The Print_ if you
    want to learn more about these processes. Regardless if you intend to
    develop your own negatives, _The Negative_ is valuable reading as it
    educates you in the process. You will then be able to control the process
    more intelligently whether you do the development work or have it done.
    Speaking the same language is very important to convey your desires to the
    person doing the development. Knowing the options will also expand your
    creative potential. To a lesser degree, the same applies to the book _The
    Print_.

    While these books will not address your specific focus, it will help you
    with your photography in general. Ansel Adams was one of the foremost
    landscape photographers of the last 100 years. His work within photography
    help shape and steer photography as an art form, and help gain its
    acceptance as an art form. Most libraries will have these books and others
    by Adams.

    As an aside, have you given a look at the Portra series of Kodak films.
    Seeing as RG 400 is going away, take a look at them. I think you'll be
    pleasantly surprised.



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    Jim Phelps, Jul 16, 2003
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    Jeremy Guest

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    Start with the basics. Kodak published 2 excellent books.

    "How To Take Good Pictures," covers the basic principles of taking good
    family snapshots.

    "The Joy Of Photography" gives a good introduction to the range of subjects
    that can be photographed. Good source of ideas.

    I don't know if these are currently in print, but you can surely get them
    used from www.abebooks.com

    Try searching for keyword "Kodak" to get a list of all their stuff.
     
    Jeremy, Jul 16, 2003
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  6. Andreas Feininger's books are excellent. Avoid Ansel Adams like the plague.
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Jul 16, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest


    Avoid advice that says "...like the plague".
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 20, 2003
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