Art of Photography -- Book Review
Revised from 1994
Updated from the 1994 edition.
The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum has been updated. First published in 1994, there's a new edition now available. The author has over 35 years experience as an educator and working photographer. He is frequently mentioned as one of the world's best landscape and architectural photographers.
One of the chapters of particular interest to me is the one titled, "Photographic Techniques and Artistic Integrity" wherein he addresses the legal, moral, ethical and philosophical boundaries that limit the degree or extent of manipulation of images. [Everyone can easily see when an image as been "Photoshopped-to-death"!] The image posted with my review is a good example. Some may be surprised that the image in question has not been altered with photo editing software on a computer. Rather, it was created by combining two negatives -- in the dark room. Yes, Virginia, people still use film!
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This is one of four essential books I highly recommend for the library of any serious photography, whether amateur or professional. The other three are shown in the Amazon section of this article.
Architectural photography at it's best!
Shown below is York Minster at sunrise. This is one of northern Europe's greatest gothic cathedrals. The church's website states that traces can be seen of every age from the Roman occupation of York onwards to the future of this working and worshipping church. It is located on the east coast between London and Scotland. This print is dated 1983 and is available for purchase via Barnbaum's website.
Notice the detail in the darker areas as well as the lightest. Also, note that this image has a complete range of light from pitch back to bright white.
In spite of the tree in the foreground and the other building, the cathedral dominates this image. Since it's also the brightest object in the frame, our eye is naturally drawn to it. Very effective composition!