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Wednesday, 18 July 2012


One can, of course, only dream of a 40% keeper rate.

The punctuation makes it.

Not online for the UK, sadly!

Two of my favorites:

On page 166: Don't - Receive instruction from anyone who cannot give authentic information.

On page 167: Don't - expect your camera to accomplish more than you know.

I wish there were a way for Mr. Taylor to come back for one day and see the equipment we use in 2012, 110 years after his book was published!

That's a great sentiment ! I have a very modest collection of photo books, but no actual prints of the works of others (well, I do have Ctein's "Moon and Bay Bridge"). I'd much rather have my own pictures on my walls. Not because they're better, but because they're mine.

What a terrific find! Thanks Mike and Adrian.

Do all your friends address you as Mr Taylor?

Ah, the very origins of GAS.

I keep reading that as 'By All Means Make Your Own Camera....'


Like another commenters I found this book on Google Books earlier in the year.

It's rather charming. It reminds me of what a book on photography by Jerome K. Jerome would be like. I think it's meant to be serious but I can't help reading it like "Diary of a Nobody". It could have been called "Photography for Mr Pooter".

It's bad pictures are oddly alluring too perhaps because they're so Edwardian in feel. I could see Alan de Botton using them in a book on failure.

He would have liked "electronic view cameras" with an LCD on the back rather than those tunnel viewfinders you have to squint through:

Again let me strongly recommend to the novice a camera with a ground glass plate, for studies of distances and effects. He should become familiar with this before he branches out into the uncertainty of space, and depends wholly for his information on the small viewfinder at the side of the kodak.

Almost all the advice remains the same today: take the lens cap off; focus; use a lower ISO when you can; think about your focal length; think about composition.

All that and more evidence that sensor sizes have been getting smaller and smaller for the past century.

All of my Photos are really good (at least the ones I present for viewing). They are good because they please me and my family (aprox 30 people). They remind me of where we have been, the joy and tears associated with being human and part of a family. Periodically they also please others outside of our family group. I never accept money for my work, it is a hobby which I enjoy. I am continually trying to improve my skill level and derive much satisfaction from just trying.

On the grey scale of capability I have held many positions, all of them enjoyable

Is it me, or are 100 year old books more easily read than modern books, by virtue of the former's typography?

It is almost as if the slight irregularity of the individually cast, hand set type enhances comprehension because it forces our eyes to pay closer attention in order to comprehend.

Another great post here. :) Not to go off on a separate rant but couldn't one draw parallels between this text and the trend of using one's iPhone to capture memories?

Add an instant pre-set filter and your pictures look just like everyone else's? ;)

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