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Take Better Pictures:
The Kodak Library of Creative Photography
Eastman Kodak Company

Submitter: I was helping a patron today who was looking for books in our photography section and I came across a series of books by Kodak from the 1980’s on the shelf.  I’m sure some of the information is still useful, especially about things like composition and light, but the books looked pretty outdated and didn’t smell so good either.  I thought the cover on this one was so totally awesome- note the image of the woman in the camera lens- that I had to send it on to you guys.

Holly: Thanks, submitter, we’re glad you did!  The lady in the lens looks every inch of 1983.  The idea that a book might have “some” useful information is not reason enough to keep it on the shelves.  The old information about film and flash cubes, combined with the smelliness, makes this an easy weeder.  Good catch, submitter!

  1. In this case, lomographers have a special interest in these kinds of books because they discuss technologies that modern books tend to ignore but lomographers use every time they press the shutter button.

  2. Hahahaha! My husband OWNS that book. Along with a number of other of those old Kodak books. And he was born in 1983! (thankfully, they’re not on my library shelves. I think he got them from a book sale, which is good, since they must have gotten weeded)

  3. Although we don’t have this series, we do have older camera books in our collection. They circulate more then newer digital camera books. The reason is that students are being trained with the older cameras and need info on how to use them. This was true when I was in college a few years back and is still today. Some times these older books may feel dated, but that just maybe an appearance and not a fact.
    When I train new Library clerks from Library school, one of the questions we get are why do we hold on to out of date building codes? When people are doing renovations they need to go back and see why something was built the way it was. This is also great for historic preservation. What may look and feel old and out of date may not be. We as librarians need to act with fact and with emotions.
    However I understand that space is more of a premium in public library’s.

  4. This book has been reissued many times over many decades. There is probably a more current version.

  5. Actually I used similar books from the 70s when I started photography… they really aren’t that bad and often propose more creative ideas than most digital photography books. There’s a reissue that is identical expect for a “digital photography” chapter added to the end.
    And, unless I’m mistaken, but Kodak still makes color and black and white film for professionals… although it is getting more and more expensive.

  6. Well geez, what an obvious Photoshop – it’s like they’re not even trying…

    Oh, wait: 1983 – my bad.

    (Kate Bush is a pretty good call, but I’m going for Ann Wilson, circa ‘Bebe le Strange’)

  7. I had this whole set of books thinking it would make me a great photographer. I only memorized attention the basics on f-stops, shutter speed and ISO and then took a lot of photos. I love to look at books that show you how to do something and then I never actually do much of what the author wants you to do. Gets it out of my system. They got tossed in the trash about 4 years ago, did not send to the used book sale.
    In our county there are still women with that hairdo. They loved the 80’s I guess.