I adore books! I also relish a good bargain. So, when I stopped by a yard sale Saturday and found these older-ish photography books, from the 1970's, I had to buy them. After all, they will fit in nicely among the other aged photography books gracing my shelf. I believe this was the best deal I've ever discovered on used photography books. They were just .10 cents a piece!
I'm sure much of the facts are irrelevant, but there's also still a fair amount of valid information in these somewhat antiquated books. Their faded covers and tired pages hold a certain charm for a book hound like myself, that cannot be ignored. (My mind wonders...who owned this before? Are they some famous photographer now?) The key is knowing which information will always be pertinent.
My photography studies began in the film SLR age, so I never did my own developing. (Well, there was that one image at a photography workshop that came through Boise, several years ago.) I simply took my film to the local camera store and waited for what seemed like forever to see my latest images. Some of you have no idea what that's like, in this era of immediate gratification; waiting for as long as a week or more for film to be developed and made into prints. It was pure torture for a shutterbug, like myself! The result of having to wait so long to evaluate your latest attempts at proper exposure, composition, etc, was a much slower learning process.
I don't want to forget the history of photography and the way things used to be; in spite of my efforts and necessity, as a photographer, to keep up with the current photography trends, equipment and such. Monthly magazines are invaluable, as is the web, in keeping up with the unending modifications. Staying relevant takes a lot time and money in this digital age, but that's a topic for another post.
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