Heavily based upon Adams's writings on the aesthetics and techniques of photography, most notably his series The Camera , The Negative , and The Print , this fine book deals with virtually every aspect of the medium. Following a brief introduction on the history of photography and on contemporary issues in taking photographs, this book introduces readers to cameras and lenses, moves on to the specifics of black-and-white and color photography, and concludes with an interesting chapter on field trips. All aspects of photography are thoroughly presented in a clear, readable manner. In fact, the book is much more accessible than Adams's classic series. The title is also something of a misnomer, because experienced photographers as well as beginners will find this book to be of great value. Given the number and quality of reproductions as well as the abundance and quality of information, this book is certainly one of the best manuals available. Essential purchase for all public and academic libraries.-- Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.