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5.0 out of 5 stars Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston Made Digital, May 10, 2010
This review is from: Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques (Paperback)
If you know beauty of the great black and white photographers of the twentieth century, Mr. Davis has for the first time made their vision available to the digital photographers of the twenty-first. As Weston said, "The camera should be used for ... rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh." As color photography is representational, black and white is "as it is." Mr. Davis knows the difference and explains how their vision might be yours.

Digital photography has always suffered in the realm of black and white. The most sophisticated digital sensors do not have the dynamic range of the photographic print. That is, the sensors are unable to detect at the same time the whitest of whites, the blackest of blacks, and the grays between. The classical photographers could tease out those variations with experimental photographic papers, homemade concoctions of chemicals, and innovative lab techniques. Only recently has digital post-processing equaled those same results.

In this seminal work, Mr. Davis explains, in a step-by-step, fully illustrated, style how the photographer with basic knowledge of post-processing programs is capable of obtaining those results. From ACR or Lightroom or Photoshop or specialized programs the perfection of the black and white image is explained. From simple procedures to the most sophisticated.

As the cherry on top, Mr. Davis finishes with specialized techniques such as high-key, low-key, toning, duotoning, solarization, and much more.

Black and white photography, as in those famous words, "try it, you'll like it."
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Initial post: May 10, 2010 6:55:41 PM PDT
MarkB says:
Of course, RAW digital captures, properly handled, have a greater range than film. But the point you make is that great black-and-white analog prints have mostly had a greater range than standard prints made from conventional digital conversions of black-and-white. Fortunately, this book shows how to take black-and-white digital photography to new levels that have not been possible with SLR film cameras.

Posted on May 26, 2010 8:10:11 AM PDT
roughly twelve stops in RAW.
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