- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Monacelli Studio; 1st edition (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580934781
- ISBN-13: 978-1580934787
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In the color-obsessed digital universe, black-and-white functionalities reach beyond the limited powers of a desaturation slider. Davis surveys these in detail...Perhaps this book's most compelling hallmark is its editorial skew. It's as much about communication as it is about technique, with emphasis on the stories that accompany Davis' powerful photos."---Rangefinder Magazine
"In The Photographer's Black & White Handbook, Harold Davis unveils a universe of digital conversion tools as they apply to all genres, emphasizing not only technique but the unique editorial backstory that accompanies each of his powerful illustrations."---Focus Review, January 2017 Rangefinder
"Exceptionally well informed, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, exceptionally well written. Of special note are the beautiful photographs Harold Davis chosen from his own work to inspire and guide aspiring photographers."---Midwest Book Review
"Ably balancing technical information with creative concerns, Davis's guide will help readers make better black-and-white photos."---Library Journal
"Harold Davis is the digital black and white equal of Ansel Adams's traditional wet photography. Adams would be awed by Davis's work. In The Photographer's Black and White Handbook Davis presents a large number of his photographs, and virtually every one is a masterpiece, ready for gallery or museum exhibit. In spite of the coffee-table quality of this volume, Davis meant to give us a teaching tool, a handbook for serious digital photographers."---Seattle Book Review
About the Author
Harold Davis is a professional photographer and digital artist whose work is widely collected. He is the author of many bestselling photography books, including Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer, Creating HDR Photos, Photographing Flowers, The Photoshop Darkroom, and The Way of the Digital Photographer. According to Rangefinder Magazine, “Harold is a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” Harold is a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and has been recognized as a Moab Master for his handcrafted fine-art prints. He is a popular workshop leader. Harold’s website is www.DigitalFieldGuide.com.
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The first thing I did when I picked up this book was check out the Table of Content. The first three chapters will lead you through pre-visualization, seeing in black and white and composing your images. The third chapter discusses converting your images to black and white. Harold Davis talks about jpeg versus raw and effort versus quality. The last two chapters dive into processing your images by extending the tonal range and applying various creative black and white effects. He illustrates different programs and methods using numerous examples and screen shots which I found very helpful.
This book is easy to follow and understand. I especially appreciated the first couple of chapters where he walks you through workflow and various elements which are necessary for your black and white images to have visual impact and tell a compelling story.
All along the way, the book is filled with incredible and inspirational images. Harold Davis gives a personal touch by his storytelling of the background and locations of each image along with the metadata (aperture, shutter speed, focal length) and software used in processing. Take time to study the images and try to understand what Harold Davis saw and felt before he snapped the shutter or even set up his tripod. I was surprised by what I learned.
I highly recommend The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook to anyone interested in not only black and white photography, but photography in general. Much of the information can be applied to all photography. This book will make a great gift to yourself, as well as for that photographer (or wannabe photographer) in your life.