Pretty much every aspect of our lives these days are digital, from the television to watch, the music we listen to and the cameras that we use to make images. I know a number of people who feel that we were better off in an analog world, I am not one of those, I don’t see digital better or worse than analog, just different. With that said, there is a lot that we can, and should, learn from the analog era, especially when it comes to photography. I sort of feel that these three books should be required reading when a new photographer buys their first camera.
What a lot of new photographers, and even some that have been doing this for a little while, don’t realize is that even though the technology has changed, drastically, over the last 100 or so years, the basic concepts, as well as what the camera is actually doing hasn’t. At the end of the day a camera is still capturing light and projecting it into a surface that is sensitive to that very light.
The Camera, The Negative and The Print have been available in publication for decades, and are still in print today. I have had copies if them in my library since my very early days in photography, and would highly recommend that if you have read them, pick them up and learn from a master.