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From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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Now, with From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man, it's like having his seminar on my desk for reference anytime I need it.
I've always been in awe of Vincent's photography. His color photogrpahic art has always amazed me, but it's his black and white art that I believe he will be best known for years and years from now. His approach is like none other and I've been fortunate enough to sit next to some of today's best known photographers and Photoshop experts and watch their techniques.
What is so refreshing about From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man, is that Vincent tirelessly explains not only the HOW of each black and white conversion technique, but more importantly, the WHY of each technique. In any pursuit, it is worth asking WHY. We should never just accept a technique because an instructor that we've paid to see says so.
You may, in the end, decide on a technique that gives you the look you want at the expense of throwing away 2/3 of your image data. But you should make that decision KNOWING what you're doing, not just because someone told you or because the Photoshop Action you've downloaded does it. Vincent's book doesn't tell you that his preferred method for conversion is the best. Hardly.Read more ›
I had a similar problem with his previous book, and as detailed and intricate as this one is, there are only so many hours in the day and it will take quite a few to sift through that much information presented this way. Some of it looks like slightly pretentious padding or a self justifying attempt to set himself above other writers on technique.
If you want to read a book on how to be true to your own vision, or how important it is to dare to experiment, or what Albert Einstein had to say that's (just about) relevant, or to see any more of the sort of quotes that are found so ubiquitously on Facebook (and eagerly illustrated with VVs personal philosophy) then you might enjoy those digressions, but frankly George DeWolfe does it much more succinctly and less intrusively in his book on printing.
If you are in fact interested in the philosophy of the thing I recommend the likes of Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, John Berger or any of the many others who devote whole books or essays to the subject rather than interspersing it with distracting techniques, and who do it far more justice.Read more ›
This book is a repository for black and white information for the technical, the intellectual and the artist. It is amazing to read and to be entertained by his writing style, how-to screen shots, rich illustrations and timely quotes from Einstein to Haas. I found that my own creative workflows were challenged and a new inquisitiveness was engaged in revelations based on a master artist's fundamental knowledge of the digital medium. The how to of his why is your pathway to exploration, and to quote Jay Maisel, 'Think in terms of revelation'.
Here is a sample sentence of a Versace term called Chromatic Grayscale, `Everything on your journey toward understanding the art of science and science of the art of creating a chromatic grayscale image from a full-color one is about to be applied in this next technique'.
There is a section on dynamics range, the zone system, exposing to the right ..But Vince has put them all in a comparison context of a historical baseline to today's current technology. You are not reading a book released based on last years technology. This book is replete with an early adopter's technology understanding of D4 hardware and CS6 software.
Vince goes thru the history of digital black and white conversions, when to use and not use desaturation, what the impact and limitation of LAB conversions are. It's really amazing to find out what your current B&W conversion is really doing to your image and why that B&W look has eluded you.Read more ›
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I highly recommend this book to serious students of photography looking to better understand what goes into a great photograph and what approaches can be used to produce the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph A Sandrin
Lord, what a disappointment this book is! I bought it because i've been so impressed with Versace's photography. But the book is just over the top technical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig C in DC
Wonderful advice. Most useful for more advanced photographers/editors.Published 11 months ago by Book lover
Intense how-to book that will increase your ability to make high quality black and white photos that is not for the faint of heart. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Margaret Skiles
Truly a great book. At one level this book delivers what it advertises. However, it provides the reader so much more:
An in depth understanding of Black and White... Read more
I bought this because I had signed up for one of Vincent's courses on color but also want to learn more black and white processing skills. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Photokent