- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470597755
- ISBN-13: 978-0470597750
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques 1st Edition
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Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black-and-white imagery, and shows how to capitalize on every one.
Richly illustrated with the author's own images, this beautiful guide presents the skills needed for great black-and-white photos while encouraging your confidence and creativity.
- Goes beyond basics to teach photographers how to conquer the challenges posed by black-and-white photography
- Appeals to professionals and serious amateurs who are interested in exploring creative black-and-white imagery
- Presents photography fundamentals and shows how black and white requires some of the rules to be bent
- Encourages creative thinking and confidence
- Lavishly illustrated with Harold Davis's outstanding monochromatic photos
Whether you're a professional just venturing into black and white or a serious amateur, Creative Black & White will both educate and inspire you.
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"Harold Davis's Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library"---PhotoFidelity
Top customer reviews
One of the particularly great things about this book, specifically, is that it really helped me understand what photographs are good candidates for B&W conversion, as well as how to start seeing the world in terms of light and dark tones.
In addition to a discussion of the art of b&w, the author provides many examples of his own work... and step-by-step descriptions of how he accomplished his results. He also examines the reasons for what he does.
The step-by-step discussions are even more valuable because he does everything using digital photography - so many consider b&w an artifact of film. And since digital images are always captured in color, he covers the various techniques of conversion to b&w. He discusses these techniques using several different photo processing software programs - Photoshop, which is the only one I have, and some others.
I consider this book an educational investment.
I took an image of a tree in a snowy field that was nice but unexciting. Normal photoshop adjustments made it better but not great. I paid a professional Photoshop master to try and improve it but he hit the same limitations that I did. Then I bought this book and learned about creating layers with different adjustments for level, contrast and filtering. The magic started when I began to add those layers together with different levels of opacity. The final print was a "wow".
Get this book. The price is very fair when compared to other professionally oriented photography books. It will even help you before you take a photo because you now have ways to deal with extreme ranges of brightness.
packed full of Lightroom, Layers and other techniques just like a Photoshop "classroom in a book" would have. Although I am
fairly adept with Photoshop CS6 I am learning a great deal and I am new to Lightroom so any user info is welcome.
This is an inexpensive JEWEL. Well worth the purchase!