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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 3 edition (25 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937538249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937538248
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uwe Steinmueller, a native of Germany, has been a photographer since 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, and France. He shares a joint copyright with his wife Bettina.

He moved to California in 1997 and began working seriously in digital photography in 1999. He currently lives and works in San Jose. He has written a number of books, two of which won the prestigious, German, "Fotobuchpreis" award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Uwe is the man behind, a popular website covering quality outdoor photography using digital cameras.

Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography. He has been a passionate photographer most of his life.

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Exactly what I have been looking for. There is so much positive advise if you are serious about black and white.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Making the Print Look Like the Monitor 12 Nov 2013
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
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One of the biggest disappointments new photographers face is when they go to print an image that appears just fine on their monitors. Often the image looks terrible: the image is too dark or colors don't look the way they looked on the screen. This book is designed to reduce that disappointment.

This is the third edition of this book, and while I gave the first edition a less than stellar review, I find this book to be much improved. After a general discussion of different print techniques, in which the authors reveal they will focus on ink-jet printing, they launch into a discussion of inks, paper and print performance. This is followed by a discussion of color management, the process by which the color in one's camera, monitor and printer are brought into agreement. Next there is a discussion of printing workflow which discusses adjustments to an image for tonality and color. Chapter five deals with the actual process of setting switches and sliders for the actual printing. The authors discuss the use of printing packages and raster image processors (RIPs) and then black and white prints. Finally they discuss image evaluation and presenting fine art prints. There are four appendixes, including printer selection, papers, a glossary and recommended books, organizations and web sites.

In my review of the first edition I took the authors to task for spending so many pages on optimizing the image, but I found the workflow section substantially improved, perhaps because my own skills have advanced enough to understand the methods they discussed. I particularly liked the discussion of making what for me were more subtle selections to adjust tonality and color.

If you pay careful attention to the authors, unless you are a very experienced printer, you should be able to improve the quality of your prints, but the book is not without its weaknesses. Given the number of photographers relying on Lightroom, and the improvements in the printing process in the last few versions, I felt that the authors gave short-shrift to that software. I also felt that while the authors discussed many brands and types of printers and papers, they could have taken more definite stands in their recommendations. (At least one other expert has rejected the use of HP printers for fine art work.). The discussion of camera profiling was minimal. There were a few common Photoshop techniques used by experienced printers, like putting two images on the screen at once to compare an original optimized image with a soft-proofed image, that were not covered.

The level of detail contained here may be overwhelming for a beginner, but once the photographer starts to object to the output from his or her printer, this is a good guide to dealing with that problem. And, while I regularly use many of the tools discussed for printing, I was pleased to note that there were a few pages I marked for reconsideration that can help me become a better printer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide 27 Feb 2014
By R. Frew - Published on
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This is always a slighted topic with all software and particularly photography programs. Getting whats on you screen over to a matching print has never been harder than today because the software "options" just get more confusing. This book for the first time brought it all together for me. It is a complete course on how to envision, craft and deliver that perfect print. It not only explains the computer - printer link but also the role of papers, inks and print environment to give you that final image you are looking for. I consider myself a prosumer. I don't shoot for money but I spend a lot of it to get the images I want. The weakness for me has been the ability to first time/every time get that 16x20" print out of the printer and into a display frame. This is the book that got me there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very in-depth 20 Feb 2014
By runartwrite - Published on
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It's the best reference book I've come across for printing in the fine art genre. Though I'm reading it straight through, my notes are based on the index so that I can group all of the information on one point in one place for quicker reference when I'm deciding what, and how to print an image. It's also been invaluable for paper choices and for printers and inks. An all around terrific reference. I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fine arts photo print maker's cornucopia 22 Aug 2014
By robosolo - Published on
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This book is a masterpiece and essential reading for anyone interested in fine arts printing. I'm about half way through reading the book and have only discovered one point that I (and many others who edit photographs) might disagree with. Steinmuller and Gulbins suggest a monitor calibration using 120 cd/m2 at D65 for print/editing, which is too bright and too blue according to the recommended settings I've read about and have used in practice. I use luminance values of below 100 cd/m2 and monitor a Kelvin temperature of D55 to better match the monitor with the final print.
Otherwise, the book is a cornucopia of information and resources.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book on producing the most accurate prints 7 Nov 2014
By E. Cooley - Published on
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I have been doing fine art printing using both inkjets and a Lightjet lab for several years. Uwe's book is right on the money. It confirms tips and techniques I have learned through my own testing as well as several new approaches that have improved my end result. The section on calibrating and white point sets alone are worth the price of the book.

My only disagreement would be to calibrate at full brightness to let the software adjust the levels. It is most accurate and you never worry about how the monitor and computer are set.
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