Books by Bruce Barnbaum. Books. The Art of Photography A Personal. The Art of Photography An Approach to Personal Expression. Quantity. Bruce Barnbaum of Granite Falls, WA entered photography as a hobbyist in the s. After 40 years, it is still his hobby; it has also been his life’s work since.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Art of Photography: This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography first published inwhich has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography.

In his accessible style, Barnbaum presents how-to techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical as he delves deep This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography first published inwhich has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography. Yet he goes well beyond the technical as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography.

This book is geared toward every level of photographer who seeks to make a personal statement through their chosen medium. This newest incarnation of his book, which has evolved over the past 35 years, will prove to be an invaluable photographic reference for years to come.

This is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer. Filled with over beautiful photographs, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables.

The Art of Photography…An Approach to Personal Expression

Paperbackpages. Published December 5th by Rocky Nook first published May To see what your friends thought of this book, please bruuce up. To ask other readers questions about The Art of Photographyplease sign up. Mateusz Nowak how about supporting the artist and paying for it? See 2 questions about The Art of Photography….

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 04, Mike rated it it was amazing.

It’s a bit up and down this book. I’d give it 6 stars if I could for the first and last 50 pages, and two for everything inbetween. Excellent insightful writing on the “why” of photography in the good bits, especially the parts on capturing your emotional response to a scene rather than a realistic picture of the scene. Now I know why I just can’t take decent photos of barnbakm things, I’m just not interested in them enough to have any emotional response.

The middle chapters are concerened ent It’s a bit up and down this book. The middle chapters are concerened entirely with the Barnaum System, film delveloping and printing, and framing techniques. Other than as an historical aside, I found them of little use as a solely varnbaum photographer.


I skimmed over pages before getting back to the creative stuff. I’d already read through Hruce Adams’ “The Negative” and “The Print”, so I felt no need to go through another lesson in picking developing fluids. I also found a lot of his photos were not to my tastes at all, especailly the abstracts, but that’s not really the point branbaum the book. I’m still going to give it 5 stars because it’s one of the best photography books I’ve ever read on the artistic side of photography.

If you actually shoot and develop film, it would be perfect! Dec 17, Justin Price rated it really liked it.

Shifts your thinking when it coming to photography. Some aspects of the book are hard to grasp, but worth re-reading. Help me understand technically why I like some photos and not others. Mar 19, Nicholas Doyle rated it liked it. A painfully dry and boring textbook on photography. I read as much as I could and brucce to give up. Aug 11, Kathleen Messmer rated it it was amazing.

The Art of PhotographyAn Approach to Personal Expression — Bruce Barnbaum

This is probably one of the best books I’ve read on Photography. His insights into individual creative expression are unlike any I’ve ever heard – even in grad school! Barnbau won’t be able to put it down. Jul 28, Gowrishankar Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought of writing review for this book when I finish the initial chapters on “art side” of photography.

I decided then to wait till my initial gush of excitement cool off. Now that I have almost finished all the chapters relevant to me, it’s only apt to say that this one is a classic!

Bruce’s advice on “photographic seeing” is the most valuable one bruuce budding amateur can get. Chapters on composition, tones, contrast and color are worth a reread. Had to skip lot of content on developing and pr I thought of barhbaum review for this book when I finish the initial chapters on “art side” of photography.

Had to skip lot of content on barmbaum and printing techniques. Highly recommended for serious aspirants.

Good luck with your shots. Aug 15, Deigh rated it liked it.

This is not the type of book that I think one can sit barnabum and read through. It is almost like a text or a reference that you would keep on your shelf and turn to from time to time for technical barnbauj and perhaps some inspiration. There is a big section on film and darkroom techniques that I skipped over. Worth having for sure. Reading this book is not a small task. I feel many “modern” read “digital” photographers would get bored with a large portion of this book. A large part of this book is dedicated to the Zone System and different methods of development to include compensating development.

Some of these methods will be unknown to digital-only photographers. Luckily, for me, I still shoot barbnaum lot of film and was barnbauk to follow much of the explanations. However, this book is not for beginners. The last chapters discu Reading this book is not a small task. The last chapters discuss how to find your own personal style of photography. These chapters are worth the price of the book. Barnbaum dispenses wise thoughts to his photographic disciples here.


There were a few times that Barnbaum stepped up on his political soapbox to expound on his environmental views. While very brief, I found them out of place in a book on photography. Overall, a good read for serious photographers, perhaps too complex for amateurs.

Highly recommend to anyone, no matter are you using barnnbaum or not. Aug 14, Ben Field rated it it was amazing.

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Superb, very informative, very good examples, not pretentious but does elaborate around the art and not doing it by the book. Gave me lots of insights into how I can improve. Would recommend to new and experienced photographers. Will continue to use it as a reference guide too. Jul 15, Hari rated it really liked it. Mar 23, Kate rated it it was amazing. This is the best book on the art of photography I’ve read.

It was originally published in – so the book is largely oriented around film photography – but it is completely relevant for digital photography. Perhaps even more than modern books that are devoted entirely to digital. Jan 21, Skyler rated it really liked it Shelves: A must-read for anyone interested in photography.

Apr 28, Michael Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t really know where to start this review. Bruce Barnbaum ‘s The Art of Photography is a book about art, design, self-expression, and creativity. It’s also about photography, from the technical aspects both film and digital to a discussion about photography myths. Overall, I learned much and found this book wonderful!

For the former aspect, I will recommend it to all Ph. In eighteen chapters, the book covers much ground. It first discusses photography as communication Chapter 1 ; followed by the elements of composition increasingly technical, from the general discussion about composition in Chapter 2, to the presentation of light and color in Chapters 5 and 6, respectively.

Then, the book explains the core of photographic technique, with filters and the zone system exposure explained carefully in Chapters 7 through 9; Chapter 9, on the extended zone system, explains how to work in a high dynamic range with visible results and dispels the myth of only 10 zones being available to the film photographer. Chapter 10 presents the printing process; it’s rather technical.