The Camera

This is the first book in the Ansel Adams photography set.

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By Diogo (Lisbon, Portugal) · ★★★★★ · February 03, 2012
Ansel Adams has a dry and terse style, I think I haven't read technical books with so much content per word, very little is wasted. This book is relatively small, but there is so much information that it must be read carefully.

Much of the book seems out of date, and it is, but even the things mos... ...more
By Sarah Ryburn · ★★★★★ · July 22, 2011
i realize that adams is something of a cliche in the art world- like white zinfandel to a connoisseur of wine. his photographs are ubiquitous and recognizable, universally praised by the neophyte art-lover as "great photography" and known more often by prints on a calendar than serious academic s... ...more
By Patrick (Milton, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 08, 2009
Ansel Adam's book, entitled, very simply, "The Camera," is about just that: the camera. However, it is perhaps the most readable, most in-depth exploration of the camera in its many forms I have ever seen. I have learned more over the course of about a week from this book than I did from months o... ...more
By Sergey (London, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · March 25, 2015
I got this book three years ago and kept putting it aside. Why?! Despite being published in 1981 - that's even before I was born! - the book is still relevant and is a must for anyone claiming to take photography seriously.

The book is the first in the series of three. Ansel patiently explains the... ...more
By Muthu (Lawrence, MA) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 10, 2014
It's a lot of details about Camera and he is excellent on the specifics. I didn't want to read lot more than a novice photographer. Some of the YouTube video's are much more practical if you don't want to read them elaborate. I don't recommend this for beginners. ...more
By Al (Vancouver, BC, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · March 26, 2014
The opportunity to learn fundamentals from a master is a privilege. Although the information about technology is out of date, the point of view is eye opening. ...more
By Seema (Kuwait, 02, Kuwait) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 22, 2012
Something should be mentioned before you start reading this book which is that it has been published over 20 years ago, and a lot of new technologies have been developed and created since then and you shouldn't expect this book to be up with that.

I wouldn't recommend it to a professional photogr... ...more
By Michael (Wyoming, MI) · ★★★☆☆ · April 01, 2013
This is a very interesting book, but has very little practical application in with the advancement of the SLR camera switching to the digital format. While some of the information is still relevant, you can find the same information elsewhere in a more understandable manner. I did walk away with... ...more
By David (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · October 01, 2008
I read this book years ago when it seemed the ultimate authority on the instruments used to catch light. It still is.

Ansel was not a humble nor a quiet man, but he was an extraordinary influence in elevating photography to an Art. He speaks with confidence, as among the ultimate authorities on t... ...more
By Alfredo (Santiago, 12, Chile) · ★★★★★ · May 02, 2013
Más allá del tiempo que ha pasado desde que se escribió y los avances tecnológicos entre las herramientas descritas y las actuales, lo realmente importante es que el fundamento fotográfico es el mismo. La óptica es la misma, la base es la misma, los tipos de lentes son los mismos, los accesorios... ...more