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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudia Moroni View Post
    I believe that this question has been extensively answered in the thread, so I'm just going to give you a list of books that I own that include photo details.

    They're all education/technical books on lighting and portraiture.

    Lighting For Portrait Photography by Steve Bavister includes film format, film type, exposure details and lighting details

    The Photographic Portrait by Robin Gillanders includes camera, lens and lighting details

    Outdoor Lighting: Fashion & Glamour by Cathy Joseph includes camera, lens, film, exposure and lighting details

    Portraits And Figures by Terry Hope includes camera, lens, film and exposure details.

    I personally don't think that having access to these kind of informations is particularly propaedeutic and I'd much rather reading books about the photographers experience beyond the technical details.

    If you're interested in having a peek behind the scenes, I'd recommend reading

    Avedon At Work In The American West by Laura Wilson

    Annie Leibovitz At Work by Annie Leibovitz

    Revelations by Diane Arbus

    Magnum Stories by Chris Boot

    The New York Times Magazine Photographs by Kathy Ryan

    The Contact Sheet by Steve Crist

    The World's Top Photographers series of books (my favourites are the one about portraits and the fashion and advertising one)

    And finally two guides that are extremely inspiring and detailed are

    Train Your Gaze: A Practical And Theoretical Introduction To Portrait Photography by Roswell Angier

    Exploring Colour Photography: A Complete Guide by Robert Hirsch

    I realise that I've gone a bit OT considering the initial question, but I strongly believe that these books could be way more informative then photo details in regular photo books.

    I love looking at photographers' work, but I think that if you're starting out, it's also good to read guides and educational books.
    Thanks

    This was a much better response than most so thank you and also, you didn't go OT at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Thanks

    This was a much better response than most so thank you and also, you didn't go OT at all.
    You're just saying that because she's a girl.

    (I genuinely believe that )
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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    You're just saying that because she's a girl.

    (I genuinely believe that )
    No I'm saying that because she gave examples if books that have info AND agreed with me hahaha!

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    You're right, the other 15 pages are worthless.
    'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    No I'm saying that because she gave examples if books that have info AND agreed with me hahaha!
    Not to be pedantic, but Claudia said she did not think that that information was propaedeutic. I am pretty sure that is a disagreement.
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    Other people suggested books (including yours truly) and some also agreed with you. This thread has reached the meta level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowanw View Post
    Not to be pedantic, but Claudia said she did not think that that information was propaedeutic. I am pretty sure that is a disagreement.
    You're right, I must have been blinded by her female user name... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikg View Post
    Other people suggested books (including yours truly) and some also agreed with you. This thread has reached the meta level.
    And I thanked them too

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Thanks
    You're welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    No I'm saying that because she gave examples if books that have info AND agreed with me hahaha!
    Well, as someone pointed out already, I didn't really agree with you. I can see why you might be interested in these info, I think most people are curious about this kind of stuff at the beginning (I know I was), but you'll soon find out that's pretty irrelevant.

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    I've found after reading Ansel Adams's books, just knowing what value was placed where helps. For instance, placing 60 c/ft2 on ZVI means 30 will fall on V, and using the exposure formula, the information can be derived. In the above example, EI 64, at f/8, 1/30, or EI 125, at f/11, 1/30. It therefore follows, that at f/45 for EI 64 1 second is required, at EI 125 it's 1/2. Of course, he also included his n +/- offset. Since each film is different for each photographer, times aren't necessary, you just have to devise your own.

    Trying to copy someone's "recipe" for developing their film can be a big stumbling block. Of course, if you own their meter, camera, lenses, etc, then it may work as expected. I've found it didn't for me! I basically expose for my vision and meter, placing things where I want them, not what may seem right to anyone else. That's the beauty of what we do! The knowledge of what anyone else did to make their images, therefore, serves very little purpose to my vision, as I can figure out what I need without their voices.
    Last edited by kintatsu; 11-27-2013 at 06:56 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Poor Spelling and Clarity.



 

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