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The New Manual of Photography by John Hedgecoe
DK Publishing/Dorling Kinderslet Limited (U.K.), 2003
ISBN 0-7894-9637-2

Chapters include:

  • Elements of Photography- cameras, lenses, focus, exposure, depth of
    field, shutter speeds, film, lighting
  • The Art of Photography- composition, color
    *Special Projects- still life, portraits and people, architecture,
    natural world, animals, sports
  • Advanced Photography- studio, specialized techniques (underwater,
    astrophoto, copying, large format, camera movement)
    *Post Production- darkroom, digital, =
    *Appendices include storage and display, career, glossary

This book is pretty easy to comprehend and I like the lay out. Not so
heavy on text, but extensively uses visual examples. WARNING: minimal
nudity, for those who would be offended. This one seems to be the most
extensive of Hedgecoe’s books, and expensive. (A Barnes and Noble
membership card and special discount coupon dropped the price into a
more affordable range.)

Other Hedgecoe Books to consider:

New Introductory Photography Course; ISBN 13-9780240803463
A pricey paperback, but a good basic resource. Follows the same
format/layout as the New Manual, but not as extensive range of subject
matter. It does include a few things not in The New Manual; I really
liked his “cheat charts” in the back.

I have not seen the following, but may be good resources based on
reputation of the author and quality of the 2 books I have seen.

Complete Guide to Photography, ISBN 13-9781402716539; not as expensive

Photography Basics, ISBN 13-9780806903767; least expensive of the 4.

Hedgecoe is Professor Emeritus, Royal College of Art, London and
founded the first post-graduate course in the U.K. He has taken
portraiture of the Queen.

Photography – The Art of Composition by Bert Krages
Allworth Press, 2005
ISBN 1-58115-409-7

At first glance, I thought this book was a real snoozer and dud. On
closer look, this is not a book about composition, but a workbook of
exercises to develop perceptional skills, in other words, your
photographer’s eye. Chapters include learning to see, composition,
camera operation, points, lines and shapes. Sample of the exercises:
Points- rocks, still life, clouds, soles, bowling; Lines- fork, fallen
trees, corners, cracks, hand, strings, fingers; Shapes- eggs, doors,
plants, reflections, glare, boiling kettle, personal space. Lighting is
addressed within the exercises and the author highly recommends shooting
in black and white while working through the book.

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