The Reading List: B&W Photography

Black and White Photography:
A Basic Manual
Third Revised Edition
Paperback – Unabridged, March 2004
by Henry Horenstein  (Author)
ISBN-10: 0316373052
ISBN-13: 978-0316373050

Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual is a comprehensive instructional book that covers every element of photography, everything you need to know in order to make good quality black and white pictures from start to finish. The book discusses how to use different cameras and films that you might come across as well as different types of lenses and their pro's and con's, the discussion of exposures and apertures is very informative and beautifully illustrated with lots of examples.

The sections on film and print developing are filled with numerous practical tips and step-by-step guides which are enormously useful and practical, while the section on using multigrade filters is equally knowledge based. The book summarizes itself with sections dealing with toning and creative effects that might lead you to see what is beyond.

The Photographer's Black and White Handbook:
Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos
Paperback – February 14, 2017
by Harold Davis  (Author)
ISBN-10: 1580934781
ISBN-13: 978-1580934787

The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook is a complete guide to making and processing stunning black and white photos in the digital era. You’ll find inspiration, ideas, techniques, and tools to use in your black and white photography, along with a soup-to-nuts workflow to take you from black and white pre-visualization through capture and post-production. Along the way you will lean over Harold’s shoulder as he travels to exciting photo destinations and creates stunning black and white imagery, explaining his creative and technical processes as he goes.

Guides in the book includes How to see in black and white, Pre-visualization in digital photography, Understanding black and white composition, How to create your own black and white workflow, Black and white in ACR, Lightroom, and Photoshop, Using black and white plug-ins including Nik Silver Efex Pro and Topaz B&W Effects, Extending tonal range with multi-RAW processing and monochromatic HDR, Post-production techniques for working with dynamic range, Creative black and white special effects,  Find out how to tone, tint, colorize, solarize, and simulate IR, Work with LAB to create unique black and white effects, Great tools for unleashing your photographic imagination, and Beautiful photographs by Harold Davis chosen to inspire and guide you by.

Way Beyond Monochrome 2e:
Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing
2nd Edition
by Ralph W. Lambrecht  (Author), Chris Woodhouse  (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0240816258
ISBN-10: 0240816250

With 560 pages and over 1,000 illustrations, Way Beyond Monochrome starts with conceptual lessons of composition and takes you through image capture, exposure, controlling tonality, variable-contrast paper, archival printing, mounting, framing and presentation with simple concepts to an advanced level. This new edition has been completely revised and heavily expanded, adding over 250 pages to the original edition with new chapters on print mounting, spotting, framing, digital negatives, utilizing digital technologies for alternative processes, and fabulous do-it-yourself projects. Overall, the authors have created a thoroughly researched, technologically sound yet aesthetically pleasing, inspirational bible for monochrome photography.

This new edition includes a new section discussing the path from visualization to print, illustrating the interaction between eye and brain, explaining the rules of composition and when to break them to produce photographs with impact, a new section on presentation including hands-on mounting, matting, spotting, and framing, image capture has a more in-depth focus, now covering pinhole photography and digital capture, making and printing with digital negatives, a new section discussing the pros and cons of typical image-taking and image-making equipment, new do-it-yourself projects, including many darkroom tools and an electronic shutter tester, a useful collection of templates, to copy, cut-out and take with you in your camera bag or use in the darkroom, and an appendix with all the recipes to make your own darkroom chemicals from scratch.

Mastering Black & White Photography
Paperback – April 1, 2016
by John Walmsley (Author)
ISBN-10: 1781450870
ISBN-13: 978-1781450871

Mastering Black & White Photography is the definitive work on how to shoot black & white images on today's sophisticated digital SLR and compact digital cameras and smartphones. Aimed at the enthusiastic amateur photographer, jargon-busting text, illustrated with the author's own stunning images, explains the theory behind digital photography, along with a guide to the equipment and software needed to take outstanding images. He answers the much-asked question: should you shoot in color and then convert to black and white, or shoot in monochrome from the start?

Jargon-busting text, illustrated with the author's own stunning images, explains the theory behind digital photography, along with a guide to the equipment and software needed to take outstanding images. The book explains the basics of exposure and good composition, file types, manipulating captured images using popular software, and applying special effects (such as split toning, simulating film grain, lith prints and using cyanotypes). A printing chapter discusses outputting and displaying images.

A lovely book in itself with beautiful, inspiring photos. It teaches techniques which I have never seen in any magazine. It's well worth it just as a coffee table book alone but my photography and technical knowledge have improved since reading it.

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