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    Technical photo lending library (So Cal)

    I run a small print shop in South Pasadena and thought I'd put together a couple shelves of books on technical topics in photography (not only large format) for the community here. Wanted to see if the forum had any suggestions for books they've found especially useful over the years. Would appreciate an emphasis on books that aren't particularly expensive since I'd prefer to be able to loan them out on the honor system. Thanks for your feedback.

    -Heyward

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    Darkroom 2 and Landscape Theory books published by Lustrum press in the 70s, I think I tried selling/giving one of those away on here a couple years ago, pretty sure it ended up the Glendale Goodwill lol. Super cool idea. Maybe that Darkroom Cookbook one? some of those time life photography series like 'The Camera'..

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    Good suggestions. I have a copy of the Landscape Theory book and I think I've seen Darkroom 2 pretty cheap in the past. Maybe older editions of the cookbook series go cheap too. Haven't looked in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chester McCheeserton View Post
    Darkroom 2 and Landscape Theory books published by Lustrum press in the 70s, I think I tried selling/giving one of those away on here a couple years ago, pretty sure it ended up the Glendale Goodwill lol. Super cool idea. Maybe that Darkroom Cookbook one? some of those time life photography series like 'The Camera'..

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    2 others I'm remembering from a long time ago that helped me get better technically were John Shaw's 'Closeups in Nature' and a Bernice Abbott one either 'A Guide to Better Photography' or 'The View Camera Made Simple' can't remember which..

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    Books on closeup photography and photomacrography:

    Angel, Heather. 1987 (revised, originally published in 1983). Book of Close-Up
    Photography. Originally published by Ebury, London. Revised edition published by A.
    A. Knopf Inc. 168 pp. ISBN 0394532325. A much better book than John Shaw's
    Closeups In Nature. If nothing else, she uses and discusses more than Nikons. Angel
    does the John Shaw thing better than he does.

    Blaker, Alfred A. 1976. Field Photography. W. H. Freeman & Co. San Francisco, CA.
    451 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0518-4. A deep discussion of all aspects of photography, with
    considerable emphasis on close-up. Discusses getting the magnification, lighting, and
    exposure. Weaker than Lefkowitz on working above 1:1, stronger on lighting, especially
    flash. Extensive bibliography.

    Also, Blaker's Handbook for Scientific Photography.

    Bracegirdle, Brian. 1995. Scientific PhotoMACROgraphy. Bios Scientific Publishers.
    Oxford. 105 pp. ISBN 1 872748 49 X. A terse drier updated version of Lefkowitz. Very
    useful bibliography, unfortunately scattered into small sections after most chapters.

    Gibson, H. Lou. Close-Up Photography and Photomacrography. 1970. Publication N-
    16. Eastman Kodak Co. Rochester, NY. 98+95+6 pp. The two sections were published
    separately as Kodak Publications N-12A and N-12B respectively. Republished in 1977
    with changes and without the 6 page analytic supplement, which was published
    separately as Kodak Publication N-15. 1977 edition is ISBN 0-87985-206-2. Gibson is
    very strong on lighting, exposure, and on what can and cannot be accomplished. His
    books, although relatively weak on getting the magnification with lenses made for
    modern SLR cameras, provide a very useful foundation for thinking about working at
    magnifications above 1:10 and especially above 1:1. Extensive bibliography.

    Lefkowitz, Lester. 1979. The Manual of Close-Up Photography. Amphoto. Garden
    City, NY. 272 pp. ISBN 0-8174-2456-3 (hardbound) and 0-8174-2130-0 (softbound). A
    thorough discussion of getting the magnification, lighting, and exposure. Especially good
    on working above 1:1. Extensive bibliography.

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    Thanks for all the recommendations Dan. Love the ISBNs... it makes searching so easy

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    Alfred A. Blaker. Applied Depth of Field, Focal Press, 1985, ISBN 0-240-51730-X

    John B. Williams. Image Clarity: High-Resolution Photography. Focal Press, 1990, ISBN 0-240-80033-8

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    Freeman Patterson, Photography and the Art of Seeing

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    "Creative Elements" by Eddie Ephraums.

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    Re: Technical photo lending library (So Cal)

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    Alfred A. Blaker. Applied Depth of Field, Focal Press, 1985, ISBN 0-240-51730-X

    John B. Williams. Image Clarity: High-Resolution Photography. Focal Press, 1990, ISBN 0-240-80033-8
    Oren, do you have a copy of Applied Depth of Field? I do, and found it pretty useless. It was useful, before programmable calculators came along before handheld devices that ran spreadsheets came along.

    +1 on Williams.

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