Another of my New Year’s Resolutions is to improve the quality of my photographs. I’ve taken 2,422 photographs since December 16, 2008. That’s the date I started shooting pictures. Some of them have been included in Lingua Franca and the rest—most of them—were thrown to the trash can. This pragmatic exercise helped me understand the basic skills needed to take decent photographs. Now the time is ripe to start studying the art in a more systematic manner.
This is why I recently purchased online a photography book through Amazon.com. The title of the book is “Langford’s Starting Photography: The guide to creating great images – 6th Edition” written by Michael Langford & Philip Andrews. This photography introductory book was recommended to me by Michael Moore, who is a professional photographer in Dallas, Texas.
The Table of Contents of the book is:
- Part 1: Picture Making
- Part 2: Camera, Sensors and Film
- Part 3: Creative Use of Camera Controls
- Part 4: Tackling Different Photographic Subjects
- Part 5: Controlling Light
- Part 6: Photographic Workflow
- Part 7: Digital Processing and Printing
- Part 8: Experimental and Constructed Images
- Part 9: Presenting and Assessing Your Work
- Part 10: Trouble Shooting
I paid $17.79 for the book and $3.99 for shipping charges within the U.S. and $13.44 from the U.S. to Panama City, Panama. The total cost of the book was $35.22. It’s a lot cheaper than taking a photography course which costs about $450.00 in this part of the world.
I took a couple of pictures of unpacking the book for my records and for this specific post. This is what I saw through the lens of my Birthday camera. I received the book from Mail Boxes Etc. on January 29, 2010 at 8:31 a.m. Here we go.
Please be patient with me. Don’t expect spectacular pictures immediately. Photograph is an art that takes time to develop. How much time? I wish I knew. Good Day.
Book’s Photograph: Cover photo courtesy of Stockphoto, asiseeit, image #5995651