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The Complete Guide to Digital Black & White Photography (Complete Guides) [Paperback]

Michael Freeman
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Book Description

5 Oct 2009 Complete Guides
This new addition to Michael Freemans successful series of Complete Guides looks at the art of black and white photography in its entirety; from its greatest exponents to its applications in the digital age. Alongside the authors own images, youll find the work of iconic black and white photographers - among them Ansel Adams, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, Edward Curtis, Brett Weston and Edward Weston. From its historic roots, black and white photography in the digital age is thoroughly explored. Whether its obtaining the sharpest, freshest print or recreating the filmic feel of the masters, every shooting and digital processing technique youll ever need is included in this completely comprehensive volume. After you have digested the techniques for adjusting and perfecting your images, youll have the ability to create monochromatic masterpieces from any of your colour photographs. Whats more, the section on display will help you share your pictures with the world, whether as an exhibition quality print or using a fully optimised internet site.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814749
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freeman, professional photographer and author, with more than 100 book titles to his credit, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. He made the break from there in 1971 to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures extensively in the Amazon volume of their World's Wild Places series, including the cover, they encouraged him to begin a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has resulted in more than 100 books published. Of these, he is author as well as photographer, and they include more than 40 books on the practice of photography - for this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into fifteen languages, and are available on other Amazon international sites.

They are supported for readers by a regularly updated site, http://thefreemanview.com

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Customer Reviews

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for beginners 9 April 2010
I just started exploring B&W in digital photography, and this book provides very clear explanations of basic concepts. It will not be very interesting if you are proficient with curves, channels, masks and all that image editing stuff, but for a beginner - excellent help. Lots of visual examples and guides explaining basic concepts. Get this if you are starting.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black & white masterpiece 16 Dec 2009
I found out the guide a very helpful reference for improving b&W digital photography. In my honest opinion as a beginner, I was expecting a little more on technical processing, but I guess for that I should have bought a Photoshop guide as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview 3 Oct 2011
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Nice, interesting work... not for newcomers, though. Full with historic data on chemical processing and its evolution towards digital development, maybe too much into new Photoshop features.

However, this is one of the first books I see with results comparison from several applications or plugins worth the price, even as simple educational reading...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really teaching book 25 Sep 2011
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I have several books from this Author, and probably this one is the best. It's what you need to start to look at things in b&w vision, and to make some nice photographs out of this vision. It's so well thought, and organized, that you'll never get confused or bored in the reading. The reading itself will proceed very fast, and leave you with the feeling that you can shoot better pictures in B&W. I'd recommend it to anybody looking for a book to improve this specialty of photography in digital era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald
My copy of this is now very, very well thumbed. It has been a constant companion for nearly 2 years now and I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who asks about trying to get to grips with digital B & W photography. I refer to it as my 'bible' and that indicates how important and useful a volume I think it is.

The text is, in my opinion, very clear. Easily understood examples are threaded throughout the book.

I'm interested in the comments by others that encompass 'for the beginner' or 'too technical'. It is for the serious student of B & W. Of course it is aimed at helping people learn. So it is very appropriately for the person who is in the early stages of the B & W learning curve, but it will stretch them and support them a long way along that curve.

If you're at all thinking, 'I'd like to really try digital B & W', then the first thing to do is buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the looking glass 17 Nov 2010
By Bob
I originally bought this book in the run up to a Black & White photography competition at work, but didn't have time to read it before the deadline. That was a pity because the book is excellent! It is heavily loaded on post processing to get the best out of the colour information present in your images when converting to B&W, but this is actually very useful and has made a noticable difference in my own B&W conversions.

This is my first book by Micheal Freeman, but after reading it I have been forced to add at least two more of his titles to my Christmas wishlist.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but technique orientated! 10 Nov 2010
By MikeD
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I had Michael Freeman's earlier book on B&W photography on order for over a year, but it went out of print. This one has the word 'Digital' added. It's up to his excellent standards and I was hoping for a detailed analysis of the differences in composition and picture making between B&W and colour. That would make it 'Complete' to my mind.

Because - in digital photography - the image is originally in colour, over half the book is about techniques in getting the right tonal balances (mostly) in Photoshop in converting to monochrome for the subject of the picture. While this is excellent - nay, essential - I found the book a little unbalanced. However, so many books on digital photography are Photoshop obsessed, I was impressed by the references to other software, and the background theory will apply to all processing.

However, it is excellent (as always with Michael Freeman) in what it does cover, and I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what the doctor ordered 2 Feb 2012
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my daughter is taking photography for an A'level and she is very keen on the black and white so this book was ideal. It is written well and has some great information and pictures. The packaging was very secure allowing no damage to the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners but less useful over the long run
Good for beginners but less useful over the long run. The book goes into quite a details about B and W photography. I think it lacks in practicality.
Published 16 months ago by Dan Merry
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Doesn't deal with printing
This is one of four books by Michael Freeman that I have. I tend to like his style, and although I don't always agree with his aesthetic/philosophical thoughts, I do find them... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I love black & white, so this is the right book for me. Good writings, graphics, examples. It easy to follow and a good reading.
Published 19 months ago by Patricia Amaral
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I simply devoured this book, and it has given me a much better insight into the process of Black and White. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sleepless Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars book
Bought the present for my husbands birthday as he likes photography. Useful ideas for photos novice so needs all the help he can get
Published 22 months ago by Normal Grannie
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited, fussy page design, limited usefulness
I don't make a habit of posting reviews but this purchase has got under my skin... I bought this book on the strength of some reviews, particularly the 'esteem' in which some held... Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by jeronimo
5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive approach
I have several of Freeman's books and he is one of several authors whose name I will search for if looking for a book on some photographic subject or another. Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by Andy_atGC
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too technical
I have used several of Micheal Freeman's books and have found them excellent, more about taking photos and less about technical stuff. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, useful
This book is clear, simple, useful, modern, integrating various photo editing programs. Has the virtue of being an actual book, but perennial.
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by Albert Arbós
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