#1. "Micheal Langford" | In response to Reply # 0Paul K Basic MemberSat 15-Jul-00 06:13 PM
Actually, 'Advanced Photography' is part of a tree-part series of books by Micheal Langford, 'Basic Photography', 'Advanced Photography' and 'Professional Photography', although he did publish more books on photography.
I bought them some twenty years ago, and still have them on my bookshelf and look things up in them regularly.
I don't know if they should be labelled mandatory, but I highly recommend them as no-nonsense books by an author who wasn't out to impress the reader with his own capacities as a photographer, but gave an extensive and broad explanation on many technical aspects of photography. Although the 'Professional Photography' part is very much orientated on the situation in the UK, there is a lot of practical info in it on the howtodo and whattoavoid of setting up a photographical business.
Micheal Langford BTW died not so long ago.
The editor, Focal Press, has published more IMHO very informative photography books.
My personal all time favorite is Walter Nurnberg's 'Lighting for Portraiture'. Onlike too many other books around it's not a photographer showing of his supposedly best pictures, but a large number of lighting setups complete with pictures of the end results, diagrams showing position, height and type of the lights, contrast to be expected etc. Picturewise quite outdated, but technically still a must for any photographer who wants to explore further into the territory beyond the standard bigsoftboxontheleftreflectorontherighteffectlightonthehair setup.
My two cents
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