Basic Film Photography

This section is designed for students who need a brief review of basic photography to better understand some of the terms and concepts used throughout this book. In general, this chapter is a summary of those principles and techniques that relate to film exposure and development. Because the primer is intended to serve only as an aid to learning the Zone System, many important subjects aren't covered in detail. For a more comprehensive text on basic photography, I recommend the following books:

1. Photography, London and Upton, Prentice Hall

2. Basic Photography, M. J. Langford, Focal Press

3. The Ansel Adams Photography Series, Bulfinch Press

Unfortunately, photography is notorious for being complicated and difficult to learn. In the beginning, it is easy to get lost in the maze of photography's many inverse relationships. At every step it seems as if something light is turning something dark, which in turn causes something else to become light again. Confusion is understandable, but photographic processes are easier to comprehend if you keep in mind that you'll have to deal with a limited number of very simple materials that consistently perform very simple functions.

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