A User's Guide to the View Camera

A User's Guide to the View Camera

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For courses in Large-Format Photography, Zone System, Studio Lighting, Portraiture, Commercial or Industrial Photography, or any advanced course in professional or artistic photography.This book introduces photographers to the use of any camera with large-format film and to the operation of any camera with a separately adjustable back or front. Written in an accessible yet practical style, the text clearly presents the subject matter through captions, vivid drawings, illustrative photographs, and its detailed narrative. Updated to take account of new electronic and digital cameras, the Third Edition serves as a practical guide with basic suggestions for operation and maintenance as well as useful information on camera components.
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 208.28 x 274.32 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130981168
  • 9780130981165
  • 2,159,574

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"A User's Guide to the View Camera, Third Edition" continues the tradition of offering a practical guide to the professional photographer's ultimate tool: the large-format camera system. Written in the clear, accessible style that is Jim Stone's hallmark, this text features careful presentation of the unusual features and advantages of large-format and view cameras, practical suggestions for operation and maintenance, and helpful, well-illustrated discussions of processes and components, including film systems, lenses, and accessories. The new edition features new material on digital accessories for large-format photography, including information about view cameras purpose-built for digital use. New illustrations by contemporary photographers update the standard reference on large-format cameras for the new millennium.
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Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. What Is a Camera? Why Use a View Camera? The Camera. The Monorail View Camera. Using Your Camera. The Basics. Mounting the Camera. Positioning the Camera. Framing and Focusing. Making the Exposure. Advanced Camera Control. Swings and Tilts. Controlling Perspective: Back Movements. Controlling Plane of Focus: Lens Movements. Depth of Field. More About Perspective. Setting Up a Photograph: A Complete Sequence. Base vs. Axis Tilts. Exposure Compensations. Film and Development. The Film System. The Advantages of the Film System. Sheet Film Storage. Loading the Film. Exposing the Film. Developing the Film. The Custom Lab and Quantity Processing. Small-Volume Methods. Storing Negatives. Printing. Lenses and Shutters. Lenses. Coverage. Angle of View. How Lenses Influence Perspective. Shutters. The Focal-Plane Shutter. The Leaf Shutter. Shutter Synchronization. The Diaphragm. Behind-the-Lens Shutters. Cameras. The Development of the View Camera. Descendants of the Flatbed Camera. Reflex Cameras. The Electronic View Camera. More about Lenses. The Anatomy of a Lens. A History of Lens Design. Modern Lens Design. Accessories and Options. Polaroid Films. Optional Camera Parts. Maintenance. Lenses. Shutters. Film Holders. Bellows. Tripods. Photo Credits. Index.
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Apparently Polaroid are still manufacturing 4x5 and 8x10 media! Not only has this book never been updated but the most recent edition is so badly printed that the illustrations are hard to interpret as visual media; if you paid 10c for a photocopy this bad at your local post office you\'d demand a refund. I strongly advise you not to buy this book.show more
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