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Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual Hardcover – Apr 1983

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 2 Revised edition (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316373133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316373135
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,384,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1998
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This book is useful for all photographers--those beginning or those wanting a reminder of the basics. It's full of practical advice without over-complicating the issue or glamourizing it. It is truely a manual which you'll want to keep at hand for as long as you make photographs.
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By G. Samara on 2 Mar. 2015
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Recommended for beginners.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 15 April 2013
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Thanks for posting my photography book. I love doing black and white photography with negatives. It is a shame that it has become digital.
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From amateur to Ansel Adams in a weekend 22 April 1998
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Quick! What f-stop should you use when you've got 400 film, 1/250 sec. shutter speed and it's a cloudy day? Stumped? Maybe you don't know the difference between an f-stop and a stop sign? Or maybe you just got a new camera and can't figure out why there are so many knobs and buttons. If any of the above apply to you, then this book must be in your collection. Horenstein's book is helpful for the beginning photographer or for those who want to experiment with black and white photography, a lost art making a comeback. It teaches you about photographic composition, film speed, aperture settings, and shutter speeds. You'll even learn how to develop your own film, if you're so inclined. Even if you just want great pictures that will last a lifetime (did you know that color photos are more likely to fade over time than black and white?), you'll enjoy experimenting with the techniques offered in this helpful manual.
62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Excellent starter! 17 Jun. 1999
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I like this book because it's just what a beginner needs to get started on photography. It explains techniques and methods regarding focus, exposure, film developing and printing in a clear and concise manner. Definitely a lot better than my camera manual!
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Very good for what it is. 13 Feb. 2001
By Matthew Allen Butkus - Published on
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Owning and understanding this text is the Learner's Permit for Black and White Photography. It offers all of the information that a beginning photographer needs to know to make black-and-white photographs. It is written for a neophyte -- someone who has the passion for photography, but does not yet understand the compexities involved. As such, if the reader is an experienced photographer, they will most likely find a better reference elsewhere. However, for someone breaking into the field it is invaluable, and is used as the textbook for a few local institutions offering classes in black-and-white photography.
By its very nature, it realizes that not every aspect of professional photography will be covered. Hence, professional finishing techniques (among other things), while alluded to, are not explored in detail (nor should they be). If the text were meant to be a comprehensive volume covering all aspects of photography, the size and technical detail would be intimidating to someone new to the field. Since, however, it is meant as an introductory text, it succeeds quite well. All of the information that an inexperienced photographer needs is contained herein (camera design, film ratings, aperture, speed, processing, basic finishing, etc.). I recommend it to anyone interested in photography and the basics of photographic technique.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Black and White Photography : A Basic Manual 29 May 2001
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Took a photography course and our instructor (a photojournalist) recommended this as the "if you buy one book, buy this book" book. Very good value, includes recipies for mixing up the darkroom chemicals, tips on taking better picture, explanations of terms, etc. Has some great photographs as examples.....
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
How to master the tools of B&W photography 26 Dec. 2002
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For 10 semesters I've taught a subject involving imaging and science. In their lab sessions, my students have to learn how to take, develop, and print B&W images. We use Horenstein each term as the recommended text.
I can look at a print a tell if that student has worked with Horenstein - those who use this text produce much, much better prints than those who rely only upon what we teach in our lab sessions.
Why? Because half of the art of great images lies in the darkroom, not the camera. (Or, for digital media, half of the art lies in Photoshop and not in the camera. The other half may lie in the printer.)
To produce excellent images, you need to start with the basics (as laid out by Horenstein), and then spend lots of time in the darkroom learning these skills by using them.
Once you know how the tools of the darkroom can transform a mediocre negative into a handsome print, you will be ready to learn how to capture excellent images on the negative and transform them into heart-stopping prints.
Look through the table of contents - if you already know this things, then move on. If they strike you as things you really should know, give Horenstein a chance!
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