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"Describes and illustrates classic concepts and Adobe Photoshop editing techniques for digital photographers seeking to create fine art prints."  —Art Book News Annual

About the Author

Maurice Hamilton is a photographer and lecturer who teaches out of his studio in Groveland, California. His professional work is on display at www.hamiltonphoto.com. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584281731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584281733
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By V. Abad on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am amazed at the audacity of a "reviewer" who has not even read the book to offer an opinion based on an online perusal of the table of contents. Such a cursory effort deserves similar attention to his/her opinion.

Hamilton's book is a superb guide for a photographer who wants to learn digital techniques to enhance the original image and to transform color images to beautiful black and white photographs. His writing style is lucid and succinct but not boring. His instructions are comprehensive, almost as if he is looking over your shoulder guiding you through each step.

What I found most useful was his ability to explain in simple and clear terms how to apply curves and levels, adjust highlights/shadows, and to use dodge and burn techniques. His methods for converting a color image to black and white range from simple to complex. The chapter on colorizing techniques applied to black and white images provided interesting demonstrations of achieving sepia-like images and utilizing black/white conversion filters. Images supplementing the instructions were small but adequate to clarify the text.

I have applied some of his techniques to my color photographs, producing black and white images I was very pleased with and proud of. This book is a wonderful and inexpensive instructional guide for photographers who want to improve their Black and White photographs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By brook on May 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I consider this book to be in a class with the best books written on photography.

I especially appreciate the Ansel Adams quote and the way that Maurice Hamilton lets his own gallery speak for itself. The emphasis is not on showing off his own work but rather, on helping the reader advance their own art. My work has improved significantly since my first reading and I will read sections over several times.

Bravo Maurice and thank you, Linnea Nereim
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G Barrett on March 21, 2006
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Intrigued by the glowing review of this book by Garth Leach at The Daily Shooter.com, I acquired a copy and experimented with several of the black and white conversion techniques described.

Like Garth, I found this book guided me toward the creation of outstanding black and white images. This book seems geared toward the intermediate Photoshop user but should also be helpful to novice users.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FredM on August 13, 2006
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Film photographers have long savored black-and-white photography for its stark alternative to realism, and the stripped down, minimalistic approach to creating an image. Digital photography threatened to push black-and-white photography to extinction, but, thankfully, artists like Hamilton have preserved the spirit of the medium and extended it through the use of Adobe's flagship image editor.

The author shows you the proper way to create monochrome images while preserving -- or enhancing tonality. He explains that a good black-and-white image isn't simply a color image that's been desaturated. I also liked the exploration into reproducing traditional darkroom techniques in Photoshop. This is a must-have book for any serious black-and-white worker.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg Harper on April 21, 2006
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This is a very nice fine art photography book dealing with black and white. The author is obviously very well versed in Adobe Photoshop and his expertise is evident through his writing. The inforamtion is well presented and clearly stated. The images are well done and have a broad appeal to both a professional and amateur.

Well worth the money
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