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Digital Masters: B&W Printing: Creating the Digital Master Print (A Lark Photography Book) Paperback – June 2, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591655
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George DeWolfe has published three books and is currently a senior editor for CameraArts magazine and an advisor to Epson America, Adobe, Hahnemuhle and Polaroid, and his honours include the Award for Artistic Excellence from The National Park Service.

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It will also benefit Photograpners using Adobe Lightroom.
Gerardo Jose Beretta Buckley
Needless to say, few if any books provide half the wisdom waiting to be plumbed in the first 60 pages of this magnificent book.
Andrew Ilachinski
Yes you need LR and PS, but if you want to get good this book is the best way to start, period.
J. Horn

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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ilachinski on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Generally speaking, there are three basic types of digital-photography-related books on the market: (1) the beginner's guides, that walk the aspiring photographer / "camera user" through the steps necessary to take a picture, how to operate her camera, and how to download images to the computer and print them out on a small ink-jet printer; (2) the intermediate guides, that assume readers are already familiar with their camera but want to learn more about how to process their images for the web or prints; and are tailored to readers who are serious about their photography (certainly more so than casual "point and shooters," but do not invest more than a few hours on a weekend, say, or as "designated photographers" at family get-togethers and vacations; and (3) the serious "how-to" manuals for affirmed afficionados of photography (who want to learn all of what Adobe's Photoshop has to offer, for example) and professional photographers (who may want to learn additional techniques or, if they are film-photographers, want to boot-strap themselves into digital photography). Each type of book is well represented on the market, of course, and there are many excellent books - classics even (the books by Martin Evening, Katrin Easemann, and Scott Kelby all come to mind) - of each type.

But, thus far at least, the digital photography world has lacked a particular kind of voice that film photography has enjoyed for decades, simply because film photography has been around for so long. Namely, the voice of a seasoned fine-art photographer / printer writing about and dispensing with his years of experience as a photographer applied to the new, emerging digital imaging technologies.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ed K. on May 25, 2009
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This review is given 3 stars to set it apart from the other glowing reviews. I've done this in order to call attention to the possiblity that readers who don't use Lightroom & Photoshop may be disappointed. The book's examples use these two programs exclusively - and mostly Lightroom. Although the author correctly observes that many other programs can be used, that's as far as he goes. His detailed explanations of image adjustments make extensive use of screen shots (Mac) of his two favored programs and may not be especially helpful to those who use another workflow. Also, if I might add another criticism, the screen shots which show an image together with the Lightroom controls side by side results in the control panel being so small as to be virtually unreadable - adding to the frustration of a non-Lightroom user trying to decipher & translate what is being done. Trying to understand the functionality of "dragging the Clarity slider..." when one isn't a Lightroom user and thus unfamilar with its unique terminology (clarity) makes translation to another workflow even more difficult. Is Clarity similar to Silver Efex Pro's Structure slider? Who knows? - but it illustrates the problems caused by coupling a generic topic such as B&W Printing to a specific piece of software. Disappointing.

Also - devoting an entire chapter to customizing Lightroom modules and another chapter to inputting images from your camera to your computer and from your computer to Lightroom resulted in 24 pages totally without value in my workflow (especially inputting images which is so basic so as to be inappropriate in a book on B&W printing; better to stay "on topic").

Mr. DeWolfe is obviously talented and his book has a lot to offer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Preston S. Page on July 5, 2010
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While some of the examples are interesting, the book's print quality is not nearly good enough to illustrate the before/after examples. Many times the "after" does not look as good as the before. DeWolfe's message in a nutshell is to strive for the longest dynamic range possible, yet the section on HDR technique is only four pages and somewhat misleading. The technical details presented here fall dramatically short for anyone striving for a "digital master print" - whatever that means. The author chooses instead to reference his Photoshop plug-ins, making the book a rather disappointing advertisement. I found the self aggrandizement style very off putting, especially for such a mediocre effort. For superior treatment of the subject of fine are digital printing, see Fine Art Printing for Photographers: Exhibition Quality Prints with Inkjet Printers, 2nd Edition and Mastering Digital Printing, Second Edition (Digital Process and Print)
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Murray on June 27, 2009
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I bought this book in the hope of getting some solid suggestions for how to improve my black and white photography. Instead I received a book short on ideas but long on snake oil salesmanship. The author hawks his very expensive software at the expense of everything else presented.
I did try out the demo of the software and found that it crashed each time on my g5 power mac with more than 6 gigs of ram. The author writes that it took him 30 (or 35?) years to whip up this software. Have read many complaints from other photographers online who say the book and subsequent software simply didn't deliver the promise. My suggestion... save your money.
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