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Langford's Basic Photography, 9th Edition

Book Description

Langford's Basic Photography is a seminal photography text. First published in 1965, it has informed the work and career of many of the world's leading photographers.

The new, 9th edition, continues the tradition of its predecessors, reflecting the same comprehensive mix of scholarly and practical information. It covers every aspect of photography, from capture through to output, both digital and analogue. There is an emphasis on explaining the 'how to' of photography, but Langford's Basic also includes in-depth coverage of the fundamental principles that govern the art, such as how light behaves, optics, and the shutter. This ensures that the reader comes away with not only a good grasp of photographic technique, but also an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals that will help them to better understand how great photography is made. As such, it functions both as an excellent coursebook for students of photography, and a great primer and reference for amateur enthusiasts.

The new edition has been fully updated to reflect dynamic changes in the industry. These changes include: an expansion and overhaul of the information on digital cameras and digital printing; an emphasis on updating photographs to incude a wider range of international work; replacement of many diagrams with photos; overhaul of the analogue sections to give a more modern tone (ie exposure measurement and film and filters with some more dynamic photo illustrations); a fully edited and updated photography timeline.

This landmark text is an essential purchase, both for new photographers as an introduction, and for established photographers as an invaluable reference work.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Dedication
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Front Matter
  8. Picture Credits
  9. Foreword
  10. Introduction
  11. 1 What is photography?
    1. Why photography?
    2. How photography works
    3. Picture structuring
    4. The roles photographs play
    5. Changing attitudes towards photography
    6. Personal styles and approaches
    7. Measuring success
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  12. 2 Light: how images are formed
    1. Light itself
    2. Wavelengths and colours
    3. Shadows
    4. When light reaches a surface
    5. Light intensity and distance
    6. Making light form images
    7. Summary
    8. Projects
  13. 3 Lenses: controlling the image
    1. Photographic lenses
    2. Aperture and f-numbers
    3. Depth of field
    4. How depth of field works
    5. Depth of focus
    6. Image stabilization
    7. Lenses for digital cameras
    8. Lens care
    9. Summary
    10. Projects
  14. 4 Cameras using film
    1. The essential components
    2. Camera types – which is best?
    3. How view cameras work
    4. How direct viewfinder cameras work
    5. How reflex cameras work
    6. Summary
    7. Projects
  15. 5 Using different focal length lenses, camera kits
    1. Why change focal length?
    2. Lens kits
    3. Close-up equipment
    4. Essentials and extras
    5. Right for the job
    6. Summary
    7. Projects
  16. 6 Digital cameras
    1. How are digital images captured?
    2. File formats
    3. Digital cameras
    4. Summary
    5. Projects
  17. 7 Lighting: principles and equipment
    1. Basic characteristics of lighting
    2. Lighting equipment
    3. Practical lighting problems
    4. Special subjects
    5. Summary
    6. Projects
  18. 8 Organising the picture
    1. Noticing subject features
    2. Structuring pictures through the camera
    3. Where photographs go
    4. Summary
    5. Projects
  19. 9 Films, filters
    1. Silver halide emulsions
    2. Features common to all films
    3. Choosing films for black and white
    4. Films for colour photography
    5. Storing film – before and after exposure
    6. So which film is ‘best’?
    7. Filters – how they work
    8. Filter kits
    9. Summary
    10. Projects
  20. 10 Exposure measurement
    1. Factors that determine what exposure to give
    2. Exposing different film types
    3. Measuring exposure (continuous light)
    4. Practical exposure tips
    5. Measuring exposure for flash
    6. Practical flash exposure tips
    7. Summary
    8. Projects
  21. 11 Film processing
    1. Equipment and general preparations
    2. Processing black and white (silver image) negatives
    3. Processing chromogenic (colour and black and white) negatives
    4. Processing colour slides and transparencies
    5. Processing other film materials
    6. Processing by machine
    7. Permanence of processed results
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  22. 12 Black and white printing: facilities and equipment
    1. Darkroom organisation
    2. Equipment: the enlarger
    3. Printing papers
    4. Safelighting and printing paper sensitivity
    5. Processing procedure
    6. Summary
    7. Projects
  23. 13 Black and white printing: techniques
    1. Making contact prints
    2. ‘Straight’ enlarging
    3. Controls during enlarging
    4. Variations
    5. Common print faults
    6. Chemical afterwork
    7. Toning
    8. Tinting
    9. Retouching
    10. Permanence and archiving
    11. Summary
    12. Projects
  24. 14 The digital image: post-production
    1. Overview
    2. Hardware
    3. Software
    4. Organising your work
    5. Saving your digital file
    6. Basic editing
    7. Advanced editing
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  25. 15 Finishing and presenting work
    1. The permanence of prints
    2. Mounting methods and framing
    3. Spotting
    4. Getting your work noticed
    5. Pictures on the World Wide Web
    6. Building your own site
    7. How to get connected
    8. Summary
    9. Projects
  26. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Optical calculations
    2. Appendix B: Camera movements
    3. Appendix C: Expressing film response
    4. Appendix D: Chemical formulae
    5. Appendix E: Health and safety concerns
    6. Appendix F: Digital notebook
    7. Appendix G: Photography timeline
  27. Glossary
  28. Index