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If you're not a beginner, don't waste your money. Otherwise? Still a questionable purchase.
on January 4, 2013
I read the reviews, and to my chagrin, believed the effusive claim that "Once you've read this you'll know everything you need to know to make black and white digital images." Not actually a direct quote, but it's got the flavor of the advertising and the back cover.
Once it arrived, I eagerly attacked the opportunity to have the secrets of B&W digital image revealed. As a traditional "wet process" photographer with over 50 years experience, I skimmed the chapters on exposure, composition, visualizing in B&W, and really wanted to dig-in to the details in the digital image manipulation. I shoot in RAW mode, based on previous knowledge, and was expecting to find some detailed step-by-step examples of image management and manipulation, as well as the rationale for the steps and approach used. Well, they don't exist! The books tips and techniques are couched in generalities.
Only after working my way through the entire book - not that hard considering it's only 140+ pages - did I read on the back cover that the target audience is beginner - intermediate. Something that Amazon should point out. Had I known that I would never have bought the book to begin with. But frankly, if you're a beginning photographer, the early chapters on exposure, composition, etc., only scratch the surface, and if you really want to come away knowing HOW to accomplish something, along with the WHY, you will be disappointed.
Based on this one experience, I am now avoiding any of this author's titles. After much time spent searching the web, I've begun to assemble the knowledge I seek to effectively marry the power of my Canon 40D EOS with Photoshop, and am beginning to achieve my goals of making good B&W images from both the camera and my scanned slides and negatives.