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Way Beyond Monochrome 2e: Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing [Hardcover]

Ralph W. Lambrecht , Chris Woodhouse
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September 24, 2010 0240816250 978-0240816258 2

Photo Techniques Magazine stated: "All our readers need to know about this very useful book." Indeed, there is no other compendium that is as in-depth as this for the beauty and magic of fine-art black-and-white photography. With 560 pages and over 1,000 illustrations, Way Beyond Monochrome starts with conceptual lessons of composition and takes you through image capture, exposure, controlling tonality, variable-contrast paper, archival printing, mounting, framing and presentation with simple concepts to an advanced level. This new edition has been completely revised and heavily expanded, adding over 250 pages to the original edition with new chapters on print mounting, spotting, framing, digital negatives, utilizing digital technologies for alternative processes, and fabulous do-it-yourself projects. Overall, the authors have created a thoroughly researched, technologically sound yet aesthetically pleasing, inspirational bible for monochrome photography.

New to this edition:

  • almost double the content
  • a new section discussing the path from visualization to print, illustrating the interaction between eye and brain, explaining the rules of composition and when to break them to produce photographs with impact
  • a new section on presentation including hands-on mounting, matting, spotting, and framing
  • image capture has a more in-depth focus, now covering pinhole photography and digital capture
  • now includes making and printing with digital negatives
  • a new section discussing the pros and cons of typical image-taking and image-making equipment
  • plus new do-it-yourself projects, including many darkroom tools and an electronic shutter tester
  • a useful collection of templates, to copy, cut-out and take with you in your camera bag or use in the darkroom
  • an appendix with all the recipes to make your own darkroom chemicals from scratch
  • all illustrations improved and updated
  • improved index with 1,400 references

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Editorial Reviews


"All our readers need to know about this very useful book." -Photo Techniques Magazine

About the Author

Ralph Lambrecht: From Germany and educated in the US, Ralph is a B&W fine art Photographer. His work has been displayed anywhere from private galleries to the London Salon of Photography. He has written for Camera & Darkroom, Black & White Photography, View Camera Magazine, Way Beyond Monochrome 1e, and he is an active community member of (Analog Photography Users Group) and Fotocommunity.
From the UK, Chris has been a member of the Royal Photographic Society for over 25 years and he has invented and patented photographic equipment that sell worldwide. He specializes in landscape, infrared, portraiture, still life, and architecture-mostly in monochrome. Chris has spent a lot of time perfecting the use of digital and traditional technologies harmoniously and he has authored numerous articles on advanced printing techniques for Camera & Darkroom, Ag+ and Photo Techniques.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240816250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240816258
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed, Beautifully Written & Illustrated October 7, 2010
Disclaimer: I am casually acquainted with one of the authors (R.L.) via a photography forum, and one of my images is included in this book. However, I feel that neither of these issues preclude me from offering an honest critique.

I was at first struck by the size of this book: with 500+ pages, it is an encyclopedia! But the volume of this book is appropriate for its broad, technical scope. The book addresses the physiological aspects of seeing, and the refinement of print tonality... and everything in between. Consistent with the modern context, the reader will also find a thorough treatment of all the digital, hybrid, and traditional tools. With a strong emphasis on clarifying techniques, this book is *very* thoroughly illustrated. Hardly a page is without an example, an illustration or a graph. In addition, numerous tables and templates are found in an appendix. It's literally impossible for me to locate a technical topic that wasn't appropriately described. Yes, MTF, dry down, transmittance etc. are all given full schrift!

The risk that the authors take with this book is to overwhelm the reader with the technical scope, with insufficient treatment of the creative aspects that must always drive the successful craft. Indeed the book contains ~90% technical content. There is a small section on visualization, and a larger "On Assignment" section with narrated examples, but the reader will not find much discussion of fundamental issues such as: what distinguishes black and white photography as an art form; why black and white is effective in some cases for which color photography is not; and the special role of certain abstract graphical elements in the black and white craft.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive masterwork on traditional photography October 7, 2010
"Way Beyond Monochrome" second edition could be described as a comprehensive masterwork on traditional photography. Authors Ralph Lambrecht and Chris Woodhouse take the photographer on a journey from the basics of visualisation and print control, through presentation and display of prints, into a thorough treatment of the science of photography. Detailed but clearly-written text is accompanied by a wealth of explanatory figures and photographs. Although the focus of the book is mainly on traditional film photography, digital photography is also covered with an emphasis on digital negative technology. This book is highly recommended to photographers of all levels as it combines in one place all the important elements of the craft of photography.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Beyond Monochrome - Way Beyond the Usual October 9, 2010
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This is a review for the 2nd edition of this book.

This book just arrived today, and I have been joyously flipping through its pages all afternoon! I'm an amateur photographer, having been bitten by the bug in college, and have a hobby darkroom set up in my house. I have never taken it too seriously, it's enough for me to simply enjoy the peace and solitude of the darkroom and to geek-out on all of the technical aspects of traditional black and white printing.

Of course I'd like to be more confident in the darkroom, and so much of my good work feels like it came about more by accident than by actually knowing what I was doing. I'd like to think that this book is going to help me in that.

This book is not recommended as a beginner's text. It assumes you know your way around the darkroom and know a bit about shooting and processing film. There are plenty of books to start you on the basics (Ansel Adams' book series, also Henry Horenstein's book "Black & White Photography, A Basic Manual"), but this book really takes it a step further by guiding you through the more advanced, nuanced areas of expert shooting and printing. Some of the topics covered in the book include creating unsharp masks, digital negatives, paper and print contrast, split-grade printing, paper flashing, print bleaching, print retouching, and all kinds of other tips and tricks and projects. I can't believe how well laid out this book is, and many of the techniques I was completely unaware of.

The actual production quality of the nook is amazing, too. There are hundreds of illustrations, examples, diagrams and graphs to help clarify the topics. The photographic examples are extremely well done, and the print quality is very high.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text book for mid and advanced photographers March 12, 2011
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This is clearly not a book written for beginners. There are plenty of books for beginners with how-to and step-by-step instructions. However; once one graduates from such books, one is hard pressed to find anything that takes him/her further. Sporadic information are available in books and internet but nothing concise that presents these information in relevant manner. This book does just that.

Please note, this books is all about film photography. Digital photography is mentioned but only in relation to analog photography. If you are not interested in film, this is not a book for you!

Way beyond monochrome is written in a format of college textbooks for advanced scientific/engineering fields. It starts out slowly but soon, pages are filled with advanced topics and discussions, charts, graphs, and formulas. One can comprehend the topic but good understanding in early college level mathematics help immensely. Some chapters are independent and some flows into more advanced methods/topics in following chapters - very much like college textbooks.

This book is unusual in a way that while it is a book for art, photographic art, but the approach is very scientific. When many photography books might say something is a "bit darker", in this book, it is said 1/3EV darker, for example. Elsewhere, author shows what 1/3 EV difference looks like in prints, explains 1/3EV is understood to be a "significant change" and how much change in contrast and exposure is needed to achieve this change. In fact, there are charts and formulas to explain how this all comes together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's perfect!
It's a perfect book and easy reading. It use a scientific method to tell you the working theory and what the performance you will get during B/W. Not a art book! Read more
Published 5 months ago by CHENG CHIH JEN
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Information
There's the old story of the cowboy who got on his horse and "rode off in all directions." That's the story of WBM. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alfred Lockwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive tome, solid info but some solutions in search of problems
Could easily be called an encyclopedia of B&W this book is very comprehensive but also has some oversights. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Bau
5.0 out of 5 stars The depth of information is incredible
This is an incredibly detailed book. I was a bit taken aback when it came in the mail. When first paging through the book, I was blown away by the depth of content. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for experienced photographers
"Way Beyond Monochrome" is a very fitting title for this enormously valuable reference book for monochrome, wet-process photography. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Graf von Foto
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few I would label a 'must-have'
I'm only 1/10th of the way through, but I'm learning so many things about developing that one would otherwise get through expensive, frustrating trial and error, that I've already... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eric Phillip Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit late?
I taught photography at diploma level for a couple of decades. This is a one stop book of everything which we really needed back in say 1994. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dennis Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars adding technical knowledge to creative
I have been returning to my black and white roots, from off and on periods of painting. This book is a great way to re familiarize yourself with the very tenets of B&W, good... Read more
Published 22 months ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Waybeyondcool book
Waybeyondcool book.... It is a MUST for film photographers! Well written, well explained, understandable, inspiring and very interesting.
Compliments to the writers!
Published on April 28, 2012 by C.S
5.0 out of 5 stars A massive textbook that is truly WAY beyond just monochrome...
Way Beyond Monochrome: Advance Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography. The title says it all. Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by Raquel S.
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