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Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments: 01/02/16

Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments by Florian Heine

I have been trying to learn more about photography, I'e been a hobbyist photographer on and off since my childhood. I can remember playing with my grandmother's Polaroid when I was three. I received my first camera when I was seven.

Until recently I haven't had the equipment (or budget) to take the types of photography I've wanted to take. I've had to make do with point and shoot cameras an 4x6 prints done at the local photo shop.

Digital cameras, combined with Photoshop was the first step in producing the photographs I wanted to. Digital technology has now improved at the mid tier making it at long last possible for me to afford to equipment to take the highly detailed photographs I want to. RAW, also, gives me a digital darkroom equivalent.

Artists learning their craft study art history along with practicing their technique. So I have turned to my public library for a survey of photographic history books as well as books on specific photographers and their work.

Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments by Florian Heine is a survey of the history of photographers and the development of techniques and genres. The history part is the strongest piece. It discusses the process and problems of affixing an image both in negative and later in positives.

In the sections on various styles or genres of photography, there is at least one glaring error in the labeling of a photograph — Yosemite being labeled as Yellowstone. This easy to fact check error made me call into question all the other photographs included.

Four Stars

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