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Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470421932
ISBN-10: 0470421932
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...this book has everything you need to know about mono photography...this is a book you must buy. (Digital SLR Photography, July 2011). This incredibly thorough guide to monochrome work will help any newcomers to the art form find their feet. (Advanced Photography, July 2011). Highly technical, it s also inspirational with plenty of ideas and good examples-you really feel that the author knows what he s talking about (Black & White Photography, December 2011)

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Creative options abound in black and white

Once the photographer's only option, black-and-white imagery today offers a creative opportunity. Without the distraction of color, the essential elements of texture, tone, shape, and composition become the building blocks of the image. If you've considered exploring the creative possibilities of black and white, this book gives you not only the necessary tools and guidance, but also the inspiration to venture into a new and exciting monochromatic world.

  • Learn to see opportunities for stunning black-and-white images

  • Discover how photography basics apply to black and white

  • Make optimum use of camera settings and filters

  • Develop your sensitivity to shadow, contrast, and highlights

  • Enhance your images when processing, and explore innovative effects

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470421932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470421932
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought that my photographically-inclined high school kid could get something out of this book, but my husband and I have both found ourselves referring to it in our professional life. Beautiful examples and very cleanly-discussed direction. I really enjoy the tone of the author and the sheer volume of photos to learn from is impressive. "The digital darkroom" is a new thing to a lot of people, but catching on strong as we realize how much flexibility is built into the files if you do it right. This book does a great job of showing you how to put the most into the image in-camera, and then how to push it even further.
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I found this book to be an amazing resource and Bucher provides a comprehensive aid to the reader. He not only explains the fundamentals of photography and how the camera works, but talks about lighting a variety of subjects, and finishes with very practical instructions on how to get the most out of the software and printer. The Assignment sections at the end of the chapters were helpful as well. They challenged me to look beyond what I'm doing as a photographer and try new things. Thanks for another great book Mr. Bucher!
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I highly recommend adding this book to your reference library and placing it on your top shelf! What I loved about the book is that it wasn't too basic and it wasn't too complex. There is little to no technical jargon that wasn't properly explained, and I found that very appealing. This book would be useful to amateur and more skilled photographers and will guide them to creating phenomenal black and white images. There was a wide variety of information, and it provided a good combination of technique and application.
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I have not finished this book but I can say this would be a good book for those interested in doing exclusive B&W and for those older people, like myself, who have experience in working with and developing their own B&W negative/prints. It gives the basic properties of B&W themes such as composition and texture and goes on to explain the principles of applying color filters in order to achieve a desired effect. It starts out with basic information that some of us are already familiar with, but the reason I bought this book was to understand how to apply principles I used in film processing by using modern day software applications.
From what I've reviewed so far this book will fit the bill and at the very least be a starting point for answering questions concerning the use of Aperture, Photoshop and PS Elements as well as Adobe Camera Raw and their DNG file format. It also covers Lightroom and Canon's and Nikon's proprietary software for importing and working with Raw image files. Note that instructions for using Camera Raw are referring to v 6.1 which I believe requires PS Element 8 or later. I use a Mac G5 desktop computer which runs PS Element no higher than version 6 without giving any problems. But the basic principles can still be applied to older versions of the various applications while also giving me an excuse to upgrade to a newer Intel based Mac. Its nice to know I can use my DSLR or P&S to go back to using B&W with the intensions I had when using Tri-X in bulk film and exposing/developing for the Zone System which is also briefly mentioned in this book.
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It made me start looking at perspective and not at the colors again. Not to mention memories of when I first used B&W film. It's also a good refresher course in using filters and getting great pictures without all the colors. Plus you'll see shapes you might of missed otherwise. I highly recommend this book.
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I'm glad I read Chris' book but would have liked to have seen a comparison of the color vs B&W image. If you are new to shooting B&W it is a good first choice however, Harold Dais' "Creative B&W: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques is a more in-depth read.
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This book is just another example of the fact that there will always be something new that you can learn or view from another authors point of view. Another unique perspective on B&W photography that helps bring out a more creative photographer and develop your eye and create passion in each opening of the shutter.

Another excellent addition to this series of books.
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If you are interested in digital B&W photography, this is a good intro. I'm an old B&W photographer from the film days who wanted to convert some digital photos to B&W. Although I done some experimenting on my own and had pretty much figured out the best techniques, this book provided some new ideas and tips.
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