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Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques [Paperback]

Harold Davis
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11 May 2010
Learn how breaking photographic rules can result in stunning black–and–white photos Black–and–white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains these elements and demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. He breaks through the complexity of this photographic medium, explores opportunities for black–and–white imagery, and shows how to capitalize on every one. Richly illustrated with the author′s own images, this beautiful guide presents the skills needed for great black–and–white photos while encouraging your confidence and creativity. Goes beyond basics to teach photographers how to conquer the challenges posed by black–and–white photography Appeals to professionals and serious amateurs who are interested in exploring creative black–and–white imagery Presents photography fundamentals and shows how black and white requires some of the rules to be bent Encourages creative thinking and confidence Lavishly illustrated with Harold Davis′s outstanding monochromatic photos Whether you′re a professional just venturing into black and white or a serious amateur, Creative Black & White will both educate and inspire you.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470597755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470597750
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the digital age, presenting a photo in black and white is an intentional aesthetic and creative choice. In this visual guide, renowned photographer Harold Davis introduces you to the fascinating world of black and white photography. When creating a monochromatic image, a photographer needs to pre–visualize the image in black and white — which can be a daunting task in our vibrantly colored world. How can you recognize an opportunity for a stunning black and white image? And how does taking a monochromatic image differ from capturing a full–color image? This book will teach you. Using many of his own stunning monochromatic images to illustrate, Davis walks you through the visual ideas that work well with black and white. He shares the technical approaches that you can use to create high quality monochromatic photos. As you browse through the pages, you′ll gain a deeper appreciation for what you can accomplish when taking portraits, landscapes, close–ups, and more. This book provides both inspiration and technical instruction. You may never photograph the world in quite the same way again! Learn to see and think in black and white Convert RAW files to black and white Use full color information to create black and white photos in Lightroom and Photoshop Create monochromatic images using multi–RAW processing and HDR Learn how to apply tinting, toning, and other special effects

About the Author

Harold Davis is an award–winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques , Creative Close–Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques , The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post–Processing , and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers . Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0,

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and educational 28 April 2012
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This book has given me much needed knowledge on how to both think and work with black and white photography, and also made me more motivated to take pictures. It is easy accessable even though english isn't my native language. The picture examples serves as good examples both for techniques illustrated, but also as inspiration for finding motives that will work in b&w, and for seeing motives in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By In'jun
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This book is a must for any photographer wanting to explore the world of B&W. The author has divided the book into well planned route to achieving images from 'Thinking and Capturing Images in B&W' through to the delivering the final work of art via the use of Image Editing tools. However, there is an element of reliance of good working knowledge in composing and understanding camera craft - for me, this is a good move by Harold Davis. Too many books of this type get bog down in the camera technology and not the 'doing' and 'delivering' your final creative product 'The Print'.

As with understanding camera craft, the reader must have good working experience of image editing tools: Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Silver Flex. But it should be said, these tools are a must for delivering the final part, with your own artistic vision, on the print. The instructions of the use of imaging tools are well introduced, but sufficient room for each photographer to add their own 'signature or style'.

This book is a practical book, and not a coffee-table book for occasional read! Use the techniques to archive your own B&W vision. The only small disappointment was a chapter (or two) on the printing side, as an introduction, - use of new grade of inkjet printers like the Epson R3000 that can deliver the final part of the B&W chain. Hence the need to purchase 'Fine Art Printing for Photographers'.

Overall, a book for ALL digital photographers who would like to achieve a good foundation in knowledge acquisition and mastering the 'mystical' world of Black & White photography guarded by so many photographer. However, we must build on the foundations presented in this book to archive our own creative B&W vision.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By mb
This is a very useful book for photographers who want to add extra punch to their black and white images. It provides practical and useable information in a very readable, yet not overly basic form.

He covers subjects such as composition, appropriate subjects, the best sort of image to process in monochrome, and goes on to tell you how to process the best way for monochrome in several apps. He deals with solarisation, toning, selective colour etc.

The entire book is written in such a readable manner it is as if the author is talking you through it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Need Photoshop 18 Jan 2014
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This is a very good book and excellent value for money but you need to be using Photoshop to make the most of it. There are 50-odd pages of general (very good) information on black & white photography, a dozen pages on using Lightroom and well over a hundred pages on using Photoshop. I probably wouldn't have bought it had I known this and if I hadn't been given a gift certificate recently. Which is a shame, because I would have missed out on some good information. I will still use the book and I'm glad I bought it but I don't use Photoshop and therefore many of the techniques will not apply in my case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone interested in black and white photography would find inspiration from this book, the varing images provide idear for many photographic projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Mar 2013
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it is easy to read and gives good information. I keep picking it up to read a bit. It talks about the latest software and equipment. So many other books still refer to 35mm film!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good state of the art 5 Nov 2012
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this book is a very good state of the art, with lots of ideas and tecniques
easy to understand, a true guide to the medium
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There isn't a great deal in here about black and white photography. Most of it's about software and most of that's about Photoshop. Rather than explain the principles clearly to allow the reader to use whatever photo editing software they choose, the author concentrates on detailed explanations of how to do things in Photoshop.

So if that's what you want, probably four or five starts; if you were looking at creative black and white digital photography I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I was keen to further my knowledge on the subject of black and white photography and was looking for some inspiration. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jb007
4.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded source of information
The main reason I like this book is that it covers many aspects of mono tone photography in quite a brief but still a fairly thorough way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. D. Mcgrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Not finished reading it yet, but so far found it a useful reference
A look back to times of B&W film developing and processing, purchased as a refresher on much forgotten photographic principles and application to the digital format, not finished... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roger H Mills
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This book gives a useful insight to how to look at a black and white image, and helps make one realise that there is a black and white image in most colour renditions
Published 14 months ago by Mike Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary of all you need to know
I like this book and it explains in simple terms how to process B&W photos. It works quite well and leads you gently into the subject.
Published 15 months ago by MS
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
An excellently written book, full of ideas and tips for progressing your black and white photography. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Domtyler
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting and informative
well worth the purchase, a good read and full of ideas and examples.....the type of book you can dip into for inspiration
Published 20 months ago by J. Mc Nairn
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