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Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual Third Revised Edition Paperback – Unabridged, March, 2004
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Henry Horenstein covers everything you need to know in order to make good quality black and white pictures from start to finish and well beyond just pressing the button. He discusses how to use different cameras and films that you might come across as well as different types of lenses and their pro's and con's. His discussion of exposures and appertures is very informative and beautifully illustrated with lots of examples. The sections on film and print developping are filled with numerous practical tips and step-by-step guides I found enormously useful - so much that after reading them I was able to set up a darkroom by myself on a minimum budget (and avoided buying a separate darkroom book altogether). The section on using multigrade filters was particularly good. The last few sections deal with toning and some creative effect and are just opening the door to unconventional photographic methods. (The goal of the author was deffinitely not to review all creative movements in photography which is another book by itself.)
The book is printed on heavy paper and all illustations (black and white of course) are of excellent quality. There are numerous examples of beautiful photographs with a short explanation of how they were made.
Overall, I was enormously satisfied with the book and find it to be an excellent B&W photography textbook. The book is very complete and full of important facts and tips of the "wish someone told me that" type. It is very exhaustive in covering the basics but goes well beyond the bare minimum. Despite my previous experience, I learned an awful lot by this book and now I am even more inspired by B&W photography and more confident in the darkroom.Read more ›
One reviewer noted that there is nothing in the most recent edition concerning digital photography. If you are a traditionalist who wants to stick to film, and all the complexities of developing film, this deficiency surely does not present a problem, and in fact may be an asset; even an earlier edition will be tremendously useful. This is a great book at a fair price and I very strongly recommend it.
Despite what the description on amazon.com says, there is almost no mention of digital photography in the 3rd edition, even though the copyright date of the 3rd edition is 2005. The discussion of digital photography is limited to a couple of pages, and doesn't say much more than "digital cameras and digital backs exist, and you also need a computer with Photoshop."
And, it made me feel helpless when I tried to read it. I said, "no, I cannot do this whole processing, printing and whatever thing"!
Now, after reading Horenstein's book, I think I CAN do it! I must do it! That, I call a big difference.
In short: This is a beautifully prepared, detailed guideline for entering into the conventional B&W photography world.
It has almost nothing that could be useful for digital photography.
I say "almost" because there are many beautiful photographs by some leading photographers within (all related to the subject matter, by the way).
Watching those can be inspiring even for those shooting digital only :)
In fact, its title says it all (this has become a rather unusual event, lately): "A Basic Manual".
It handles every imaginable subject with, authority and care; from film ISO to mounting prints.
Suitable even for those who have started photography just recently.
I recommend this book without any reservation to the small, specific subset of B&W film photographers who intend to print their own images in a darkroom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is excellent. It contains everything I need for the Black and White Photography course in which I am currently enrolled. GREAT BOOK!Published 7 hours ago by Jo-Ann Washington
Very good book, I used it for my photography class in College when I was studying in the US. Very well printed and nice to read, with a lot of tips on black and white photography.Published 15 days ago by Laura
Required book for one of my classes. Showed to be very useful. Nice to know Amazon is around to keep books affordable to students.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very useful book. Covers everything you could ever realistically need for B&W film photography.Published 2 months ago by Alex Hays