In 1898 Eastman Kodak published a guide book for amateur photographers – ‘Picture Taking and Picture Making‘. In 1905 this book was revised, and the contents of two other booklets (‘Home Portraiture‘ and ‘Amateur Portraiture by Flash Light‘) plus some other articles were added, to form a more comprehensive book – ‘The Modern Way in Picture Making‘. ‘The Modern Way in Picture Making‘ remained in print, with a revised edition in 1907, until 1912, when it was replaced by ‘How to Make Good Pictures‘. This book remained in print until almost the end of the century, with a change of title in 1981 to ‘How to Take Good Pictures‘.
In the USA there were 37 editions, with many reprints and variations. In the UK there were fewer editions. The early UK editions were based heavily on the USA editions; later editions became more independent. The book became a truly world-wide phenomenon, with a great many editions in other countries and other languages. Many editions world-wide were based on the UK editions.
Below are some photography guide book covers published by Kodak in USA in the past.
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