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Brookie

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Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« on: January 11, 2017, 11:57:17 PM »

Looking for a good book or two on digital black and white - covering capture as well as post processing. What have you read that really helped you with these topics?  I used do do a lot of traditional film work, but am now finally getting back into it but with digital. Any suggestions are appreciated,
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 12:41:33 AM »

Black and White Artistry by Chuck Kimmerle, available from Amazon


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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2017, 08:09:47 PM »

Thanks dasuess.
Bump to the top for more suggestions.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 03:55:33 AM »

Mastering Digital Black and White by Amadou Diallo has everything you need to know. yes, it is 10 years old, but aside from a few updates in software, it will give you the basis for developing your technique and aesthetic. I would stay away from anything that has "stunning" in the title...
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 06:17:48 PM »

Depends how much you already know about photo. This is what I have in my collection:

Black and White, David Präkel
Advanced Digital Black & White Photography, John Beardsworth
Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques, Harold Davis
Creative Black and White Photography: Advanced Camera and Darkroom Techniques, Bernhard Suess
Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop, Chris Bucher

I also have a bunch of B&W magazines... in PDF


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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 07:43:08 PM »

Advanced Camera and Darkroom Techniques, Bernhard Suess

With an author by that name, it's gotta be a keeper.


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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 08:55:34 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions! 

I used to do a lot of 4x5 b+w landscape photography, so I have a pretty good base knowledge. That said I have only been trying to get serious about digital in the last year.

I've seen where Harold Davis has a new book coming out. Vincent, I'd like to know how you view his technical writing versus the others as I've been thinking the new book may be a good one.

Is that the same Beardsworth that is on LL? 
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 02:13:27 AM »

This might be helpful.....John Paul Caponigro: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/creativity/technique/black-and-white/
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 04:49:03 AM »

Is that the same Beardsworth that is on LL?

As far as I can tell, yes.
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2017, 07:13:51 PM »

As far as I can tell, yes.

Sorry, I'm not sure what's available on LuLa, I just joined this site a few months ago.

The book I have is paperback. It's available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.ca/Advanced-Digital-Black-White-Photography/dp/1600592104
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2017, 07:26:14 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions! 

I used to do a lot of 4x5 b+w landscape photography, so I have a pretty good base knowledge. That said I have only been trying to get serious about digital in the last year.

I've seen where Harold Davis has a new book coming out. Vincent, I'd like to know how you view his technical writing versus the others as I've been thinking the new book may be a good one.

Is that the same Beardsworth that is on LL?


Re: Harold Davis - I'm not sure you'll get very excited, but it's fairly step-by-step technical-ish. Creative oriented on processing, rather than seeing the world differently. In all fairness, it's one of the first book that thought me why I should shoot in RAW. The author shows a few ways to convert RAW to B&W, using HSL sliders (Lightroom), export copies to Photoshop as virtual layers (for masking), etc. The expectation is that you work on a Mac, but I've figured things up quickly on PC nonetheless.

You can preview some pages of the book on Google Books (hope the link works)


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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 09:04:03 PM »

Thanks Vincent
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 03:58:09 AM »

Re: Harold Davis .... using HSL sliders (Lightroom)

A method which was only a workaround for a noise reduction bug in Lr1 - not how one should use Lightroom for B&W.
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 09:27:52 AM »

I like "Black and White In Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom" by Alsheimer & Hughes.  I'm not sure if it's in print as Amazon lists it as out of stock but you can pick up used copies for a modest price.  Lots of good discussion and examples.  Also, Vincent Versace's "From Oz to Kansas:  Almost Every Bland and White Conversion Technique Known to Man" is a good resources.
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Re: Digital B+W technical books worth reading?
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2017, 06:13:01 PM »

Almost Every Bland and White Conversion Technique Known to Man"

LOL

I know it was probably just a typo....
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