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Digital Black-and-White Photography [Paperback]

John Beardsworth
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5 Nov 2004
Focusing on black and white photos, this book looks at both the camera and techniques needed to capture good images, as well as the digital processing that can be applied.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Premier Press (5 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592004725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592004720
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 22.2 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own both Beardsworth Digital Black and White titles.

In essence, this ends where the 'Advanced' one takes over. There is some cross-over but it isn't too great and I would strongly suggest that you consider buying both as together they make a far more complete guide than any other.

I won't repeat here the contents of my review of that book but, this is an overall approach to the subject looking at both in-camera techniques that you may need to use to obtain the best possible image and then the digital darkroom techniques that you may employ if using Lightroom or some other equivalent software. Obviously, this presupposes using RAW rather than JPG format for the saved image, as in most instances, that will provide the best possible approach. In some instances, JPG images from some cameras with more advanced internal processing may produce a very high quality image rather more quickly without the need for extensive RAW processing. In short, you may need to try it both ways to assess the capabilities of your own equipment.

Once you have the image, you will need to print it and that can introduce its own complications. Mono lasers are designed for text and, whilst their pigment is neutral black, they will not normally produce good photo-prints. Most colour inkjets are designed to print in colour and their black imaging may be far less neutral in tone than you would expect. Unless you will always want images printed with a purple, green, brown or any other tinted tone, you will probably not be satisfied with that either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for digital B&W pro or amateur 17 Oct 2008
By S. Choykrua - Published on Amazon.com
I have been shooting B&W on weekends, or off-hours, for more than 20 years (using 35mm film most of the times). This book helps me to understand the digital side of B&W. It will be very useful for anybody, pro or amateur. Makes you a better digital photographer. Strongly recommended.
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're not a beginner, don't waste your money. Otherwise? Still a questionable purchase. 4 Jan 2013
By NurseBob - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the reviews, and to my chagrin, believed the effusive claim that "Once you've read this you'll know everything you need to know to make black and white digital images." Not actually a direct quote, but it's got the flavor of the advertising and the back cover.
Once it arrived, I eagerly attacked the opportunity to have the secrets of B&W digital image revealed. As a traditional "wet process" photographer with over 50 years experience, I skimmed the chapters on exposure, composition, visualizing in B&W, and really wanted to dig-in to the details in the digital image manipulation. I shoot in RAW mode, based on previous knowledge, and was expecting to find some detailed step-by-step examples of image management and manipulation, as well as the rationale for the steps and approach used. Well, they don't exist! The books tips and techniques are couched in generalities.
Only after working my way through the entire book - not that hard considering it's only 140+ pages - did I read on the back cover that the target audience is beginner - intermediate. Something that Amazon should point out. Had I known that I would never have bought the book to begin with. But frankly, if you're a beginning photographer, the early chapters on exposure, composition, etc., only scratch the surface, and if you really want to come away knowing HOW to accomplish something, along with the WHY, you will be disappointed.

Based on this one experience, I am now avoiding any of this author's titles. After much time spent searching the web, I've begun to assemble the knowledge I seek to effectively marry the power of my Canon 40D EOS with Photoshop, and am beginning to achieve my goals of making good B&W images from both the camera and my scanned slides and negatives.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for everyone interested in B&W photography 10 Feb 2012
By Mary S. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book inspired me to try new techniques and I have been very encouraged with the results. I found the book very easy to understand and I have read it twice. I highly recommend it to others.
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring tool for beginning to advanced photographers 12 Jun 2010
By Diana S-D - Published on Amazon.com
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Beardsworth's book moves you through a variety of ways to achieve fine art black and white images as well as a smathering of other techniques using Photoshop. His directions and tips are easy to understand without having to wade through a lot of jargon. He also simply defines many terms with examples. I found this book inspirational and a help in the technical aspects of creating not-your-run-of-the-mill photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great range of topics 19 April 2005
By Zen Loy - Published on Amazon.com
Digital Black & White Photography is one of the few photography/imaging books I have read cover to cover. The book is well written and covers a wide range of topics from camera capture and photography to detailed digital B&W techniques using Photoshop. Learnt lots from this excellent book.
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