- Paperback: 229 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 2 Revised edition (May 30, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316373141
- ISBN-13: 978-0316373142
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual Paperback – May 30, 1983
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By its very nature, it realizes that not every aspect of professional photography will be covered. Hence, professional finishing techniques (among other things), while alluded to, are not explored in detail (nor should they be). If the text were meant to be a comprehensive volume covering all aspects of photography, the size and technical detail would be intimidating to someone new to the field. Since, however, it is meant as an introductory text, it succeeds quite well. All of the information that an inexperienced photographer needs is contained herein (camera design, film ratings, aperture, speed, processing, basic finishing, etc.). I recommend it to anyone interested in photography and the basics of photographic technique.
I can look at a print a tell if that student has worked with Horenstein - those who use this text produce much, much better prints than those who rely only upon what we teach in our lab sessions.
Why? Because half of the art of great images lies in the darkroom, not the camera. (Or, for digital media, half of the art lies in Photoshop and not in the camera. The other half may lie in the printer.)
To produce excellent images, you need to start with the basics (as laid out by Horenstein), and then spend lots of time in the darkroom learning these skills by using them.
Once you know how the tools of the darkroom can transform a mediocre negative into a handsome print, you will be ready to learn how to capture excellent images on the negative and transform them into heart-stopping prints.
Look through the table of contents - if you already know this things, then move on. If they strike you as things you really should know, give Horenstein a chance!
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I purchased this book for a college course in b&w photography. It had a lot of basic information and infographics. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Chowell