Features and Benefits

The text serves as an easy guide for beginning photographers and a quick reference for those with some experience 

  • The hallmark easy-to-use format has been retained, with a single idea, skill, or technique covered on every two facing pages.
  • Boldfaced topic sentences outline the text on every page.
  • Workflow routines are presented in a step-by-step manner so that they are easy to follow and understand.
  • NEW! Integrated coverage of digital and chemical camera techniques throughout the text meets the needs of students using an all-digital, all-chemical, or mixed workflow.

Comprehensive coverage of technical information helps students master key techniques

  • Chapters 1–5 offer comprehensive coverage of general photographic techniques and camera handling. Key topics include digital and film cameras, lenses, sensors and film, and exposure, along with color theory and practice.
  • Chapters 6–7 cover the use of film. Black-and-white film development and darkroom printing are shown in detail, along with equipment information and safety procedures.
  • UPDATED! Chapters 8–11 on digital technique explore the current state of digital photography.
    • Chapter 8 introduces software applications that manage a digital workflow, coverage of which is integrated throughout the following chapters.
    • Chapters 9 and 10 survey the options available when adjusting or printing a single image.
    • Chapter 11 covers the organizing of an archive for storing photographs that may have no physical form. This chapter also suggests methods and products to help students to quickly find one image among thousands, and offers finishing techniques for making prints look great on the wall of a bedroom, a classroom, or a museum.
  • Chapters 12–13 cover lighting, ways to extend the photographic medium, and special techniques (such as the making of pinhole cameras, cyanotypes, and gum bichromate prints).
  • Chapters 15–16 continue the presentation of great historic and contemporary photographs, discussing the reasons they succeed and the ways students might aspire to similar accomplishment with their own photos.
  • A fully illustrated troubleshooting section covers film processing, darkroom printing, and digital photography. This helpful section presents technical problems, explains their causes, and outlines ways to prevent them.

An emphasis on improving visual awareness helps students hone in on the visual world around them

  • Demonstration photographs integrated throughout the text make concepts easy to understand. Hundreds of illustrations by the best photographers show how they have made effective use of various technical concepts. Examples include the photographs illustrating lens focal length and as well as how two photographers use electronic flash plus available light.
  • Photographer at Work pages throughout the book feature interviews with photographers who have developed successful careers. These features cover an internationally exhibited artist, an advertising photographer who photographs cars that aren’t really there, and the originator of an online photo destination that reaches over 1.5 million people each month.
  • NEW! Over two-dozen new fine art photographs illustrate technical concepts and help students develop visual awareness. The Twelfth Edition adds a wealth of images from contemporary and twentieth-century photographers including Gregory Crewdson, Hellen van Meene, Shirin Neshat, and Jeff Wall.
  • Chapter 15, Seeing Photographs, deals with composition, tonality, sharpness, and other visual elements that will help students make better pictures themselves, and see other people’s photographs with a more sophisticated eye.
  • Chapter 16, History of Photography, surveys the history of photography to help students place today’s photography—as well as their own—in a historical context.