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Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer's Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) 1st Edition

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Chapter 1: Image Gallery Chapter 2: Building the Digital Darkroom Chapter 3: Color Mgmt for the Black-and-White Photographer Chapter 4: Digital Capture Chapter 5: Photoshop in Black and White Chapter 6: Black-and-White Inkjet Printing Chapter 7: The ImagingWorkflow Chapter 8: The Limited Edition Chapter 9: The Portfolio Appendix: Resource Guide -------------- Case Study #1: Chester Higgins Case Study #2: Alex Forman Case Study #3: Jeanne Greco Case Study #4: Jean Miele Case Study #5: Philippe Dollo

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Amadou Diallo is a New York City-based photographer, author, and educator whose passion for travel photography has taken him around the world. His words and images have been featured in national magazines and graced some of the most popular photography-related sites on the Web. His fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries nationwide and is in a growing number of private collections. He is on the faculty at New York's renowned International Center of Photography. For information about his photography and workshops please visit www.diallophotography.com. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Series: Digital Process and Print
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598633759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598633757
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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By K. Tanaka on May 22, 2007
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Warning: This book is NOT for you if your primary interest is truly that of "mastering" digital black and white photography and printing.

Any time a book title includes the words "mastering" or "ultimate" my smell-o-rama sensor automatically activates. Such sweeping and arrogant suggestions are always over-cooked. "Mastering Digital Black and White" is no exception.

The book is nicely printed and features very good color illustrations, making many of Diallo's image processing points easy to follow. The overall design is easy on the eyes but has that independently-produced look due mainly to the lack of margins throughout the book.

I estimate that roughly only 15%-20% of the book's 357 content pages have any direct bearing on the title subject of "black and white", with many of these pages buried like Easter eggs inside broader topics. Like nearly all of the dozens of kindred books on digital printing and digital photography most of this book's content deals with basic tech and photo topics, survey-level smatterings of "current" software and printers, and little side-bars. While Diallo presents these topics interestingly and with good subject matter authority they can be found in many other basic books and have a rather short freshness life.

All this is not to say that the book is without merit. Although he does indeed mow some well-trimmed lawns Diallo offers some rather unique material and interesting perspectives. In chapter 8, titled "The Limited Edition", Diallo presents a good summary of the controversial topic of artificially editioning digital prints. Like other chapters, however, that same chapter manages to meander into other territories (papers, print storage, archival ratings) before it's terminated.
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If you've managed to get some decent looking B&W prints from your current model inkjet using the relevant inbuilt driver settings and looking to move your output quality up a notch, this book sadly won't help you. Though there's some mention of Quadtone RIP and StudioPrint for linearization (plus alternative third-party inksets) the detail isn't there to show you why and how to get the most from them. In fact, the whole area of selection of media settings for optimal Dmax and tonal separation is absent. What's left is a rudimentary workflow that most anybody using Photoshop for their own output would already know. For someone just starting out, this could be an ideal book to paint the big picture though.

A few bloopers: On perceptual rendering: "When an image contains even a single color outside of the printer's gamut, all the color values in the image are shifted - by the same amount - until the out-of-gamut color is placed inside the printer's range of output" (page 85). On printer profiling: "The idea is to send a range of color values to the printer and compare the appearance of these colors when output on paper with known Lab input values" (page 95). On adjustment layers: "... when it comes time to flatten the image, Photoshop will combine the adjustments into a single edit before applying them to the image's pixels" (page 193).

In fairness to the author, I can't think of any book that meets the stated promise of the title any better. Other than being more up to date, it doesn't really cover much territory different to Harald Johnson's "Mastering Digital Printing" which remains a worthwhile introduction to the field.
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This book should be titled something like "An introduction to Photoshop and Black and White Printing for Beginners." I was halfway through the book before the author began to address Black and White printing. that being said, this is an excellent starter book to begin an understanding of Photoshop and B&W printing. It should also be noted that the book format is an uncommon layout. If you are just starting out, buy this book, if you have been at it awhile, this book it not for you.
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I bought this book because I was interested in better digital black and white workflows. The interesting thing, however, is that all of the book's excellent and clear topics are applicable to the color digital workflow as well.

Well written; easy to understand; and quite comprehensive especially when dealing with arcane issues that I've never seen dealt with in print before such as L* monitor gamma calibration.

Highly recommended!
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This book was recommended on internet fora on printers and inkjet printing and they were absolutely right. This is a well written book for photographers who wish to go deep in the world of B&W shooting and inkjet printing.
It is necessary to have a little background in photography and Photoshop, but with this background the book is very informative and thorough. Amadou Diallo has a gift for teaching and he can explain difficult concepts in a simple way.
The information in the book more than covered my needs and has helped me in shooting and printing better B&W images.
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Good photography transcends whether the image was captured in full color or black-and-white, and Amadou Diallo recognizes that fact in presenting this excellent guidebook for imaging in monochrome. Virtually everything in this book has applications in color photography as well, whether it's the description of proper calibration to the invaluable tips on tonality. If you aspire to be a better photographer, this book is a good place to start. You'll find that after you've mastered black-and-white image capture and output, you'll be well on the road to mastery of all aspects of good photography. Recommended.
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