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The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course: A Definitive Guide to Creative Lith Printing Paperback – 25 Nov 1998

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Argentum (25 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902538021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902538020
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...Finally Tim has produced the book, The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course, as the definitive guide to creative lith printing...(it) removes the mysteries surrounding the making of lith prints. Written in a clear and readable style it sets out to explain how to control the process and achieve consistency in results.

The Master Photographer's Guide to Lith Printing is the definitive guide to lith printing. After reading it I adjourned to the little darkened room...and produced the best set of lith prints that I have ever made." -- Les McLean, fine art printer. Photon Magazine. Dec.-Feb. '98-99.

"Back in October we introduced you to the wonders and secrets of lith printing. If you got bitten by the

bug, then you should definitely buy this book. ... practical advice to take the reader from a basic understanding of black & white to lith printing ... finishing with some advanced techniques ... accompanied by comparative images, many of which are simply stunning." -- Patrick Mullan. Practical Photography March 99

"If there is any negative thinking about the darkroom in the light of the digital march, then this book will develop plenty of positive thoughts. Tim Rudman's expertise is renowned both for his previous comprehensive book on darkroom work 'The Photographer's Master Printing Course', as Chairman of the RPS Photographic Printing Distinctions Panel, and much lecturing and exhibiting. This book which is much more than a workshop primer will enhance his position...A look through this book convinces because of the real beauty and variety of the illustrations. The text tells in detail just how to achieve the subtle tonalities and image colours for many different types of image, in a way that is not boring, yet avoids the 'hey, try this one folks!' irritating tenor of some technique books...In summary this is an attractive primer that imparts confidence, dealing with some difficult practices without deterring. -- Roy Green. The Photographic Journal...of The Royal Photographic Society. Dec.1998

"In conclusion, The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course is a long overdue, detailed book, both instructional and inspirational. Beautifully illustrated with 160 photographs, the book inspires new ideas whilst showing step by step how to achieve these effects in the darkroom...(it) demystifies lith printing allowing everyone to create prints of extraordinary beauty..." -- Ilford Exposures Magazine. Feb. 99

"Lith printing and the infectious development which gives it its special look is the photographic epitome of the phrase 'to them that have shall be given'. Dr. Tim Rudman's book features a simplicity of explanation coupled with detailed information for those who require it. (It) contains immensely detailed comparisons...lists all materials...easy to follow instructions...demystifying the jargon...shows sheer depth of his research by identifying the colour change sequences of different papers when they are lith developed.

This is the only book, to my knowledge, which deals with lith printing in anything like a detailed manner. Fortunately it's a cracker, and if the idea of expanding your darkroom bag of tricks by a huge degree attracts, it'll be the most worthwhile money you spend". -- Joel Lacey. Amateur Photographer. Dec '98

"Lith printing is a subject which Tim Rudman has made very much his own. It is unlikely that anyone else has researched the subject so thoroughly ... Whilst he is the leading authority on the subject, he is also someone who cares passionately about sharing his knowledge in a readily comprehensible and digestible form, so this book is suitable for both the complete novice and the experienced darkroom worker. ... I doubt it is possible to heap too much praise on this book. It is beautiful to look at, rich in information and a model in clarity. For any serious darkroom worker ... it has to be a 'must'." -- Photo Art International. Jan. 99

"Tim Rudman really has become the ultimate guru on lith printing techniques and, as usual, he holds back no secrets in this definitive guide. This is not just an excellent text, it is beautiful to look at...The book's 10 chapters cover not only the basics and advanced aspects of lith printing itself, but also toning, bleach and redevelopment techniques and lith lookalike effects, supplemented by a trouble shooting guide, various useful tables. Apart from the superb photographs, two things stand out about this book: the clarity with which Tim explains every aspect of the process and the comprehensive nature of his research into the different materials which can be used. The book is full of useful hints and tips, words of warning and trouble shooting information: Tim wants your attempts at lith printing to be as successful as his, and leaves no stone unturned in providing all the advice you will need - whether an experienced lith worker or a complete novice". -- MONO magazine. Jan/Feb. '99

From the Author

Lith printing demystified
Lith Printing is one of the most versatile and beautiful 'monochrome' printing processes. I put 'monochrome' in quotes because although only mono papers are used the results can be surprisingly colourful. Lith printing must not be confused with lith negative processes. Any normal negative can be used and infra red negs are especially suitable - in fact I don't think there is any comparable way of printing infra red. Negatives print hard in the shadows and soft in the highlights - which can be wonderfully grainless and delicate with smooth creamy soft tones. Highlights and shadows can also be controlled independently of each other, giving tremendous control and enhanced creative possibilities. Lith prints respond to toners with an enthusiasm you may not be accustomed to with conventional prints and the whole process will open your eyes to new ways of expressing yourself through your prints. If you think this sounds fanciful try it for yourself, BUT BE WARNED the process is addictive and can seriously improve your printing! This is to the best of my knowledge currently the first and only book on this subject which is most suitable for the home darkroom. It is aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced and will 'demystify' this lovely technique. Tim Rudman.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1999
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Dr Rudman demonstrates in this superb book just what a beautiful and versatile process lith printing can be. Many darkroom workers have considered lith printing to be a "difficult" process, but this book finally lays that idea to rest. For this is not just a book of lovely photographs, it is above all a practical guide which starts by explaining the principles of infectious development, and then takes the reader step by step through the whole process. The review of different printing papers and how they react to the lith process was particularly helpful, as was his discussion of "pepper fogging" and how to avoid it. In summary, if thoughts of lith printing have ever crossed your mind, or if you are an experienced lith printer already, this book is required reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1999
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This book makes lith printing understandable; before I managed to get my mitts on a copy, I was intimidated by the process, but Rudman's explanations remove the mystery and add to the enjoyment of lith printing. The illustrations are lovely and I cannot recommend it enough.
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By A . J . Reynolds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2014
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Tim Rudman has long produced masterful books on photographic processing and printmaking . This book is no exception to the high standard that is expected from Tim . Gives the most comprehensive guide to the fascinating art of lith printing the ambitious photographer is likely to find . The book makes me wish I could devote more time to making lith prints . A thoroughly recommended book .
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This book actually needs about 50 stars.... It's always in front of me and on top of my book shelf! Love it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent guide to an intriguing alternative process 21 Mar. 1999
By belleame - Published on
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If you are not a photographer who enjoys B&W for the ability to interpret an image by how it is printed or if you don't like darkroom work, you don't need this book. (If you have no darkroom experience, you need to learn the basics before buying this book. The text does assume familiarity with common processes, chemicals, and equipment.) But, if you are looking for alternative ways to print your images, lith printing may be for you. This is NOT lithographic in the sense of stark graphics, although you can get a similar effect. This process uses lith developer to affect the appearance of light and dark tones, usually with striking, soft, subtle, colorful effects. It is a simple process requiring patience and attention and this book tells you how to do it. The author writes in a style that is comfortable both for photographers that don't like technical details and for those who like a deeper understanding of the process. He includes lots of sample and comparison photos. He has very helpful charts, an index and a glossary at the back of the book. He discusses papers and their characteristics. Instructions are simple but clear, with lots of tips. They cover basic lith printing up to more advanced techniques such as toning, bleaching, and redevelopment. This is the only book dedicated to this process that I know of, but it is pretty much all you need.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Complete, Well-Organized Lith Lesson. Stunning Examples. 13 July 2004
By mirasreviews - Published on
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"The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course" is a beautiful comprehensive guide to Lith printing. Not to be confused with ultra-contrasty lith film, Lith printing is a technique by which a print is overexposed and then partially developed in Lith developer to produce a print that is colored monochrome. Prints typically have black shadows, colored mid-tones and burned-out highlights. The photographs must be printed on lith or other suitable black-and-white paper, and the colors produced vary according to the paper and technique. Lith prints may also be toned for additional color effects. Lith printing can be done from color negatives, but normally black-and-white negatives are preferable.
A photography book should be illustrated with example photographs that the reader can admire and would want to emulate. Author Tim Rudman must agree. "The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course" contains about 125 example photographs, nicely reproduced, that are inspirational. The book is also very well organized. It starts with an introduction and FAQ. Chapter 1 provides an overview of lith printing which explains what effects lith printing produce, why, and to what subjects it might be suited. Chapter 2 talks about the equipment and materials you will need, including the qualities of each paper and developer that may be used in lith printing. Chapter 3 explains how to make a basic lith print. Chapter 4 goes into more detail about controlling printing and developing for various effects, including dodging, burning, and selective development. Chapter 5 talks about the whys and wherefores of pepper fogging, among other difficulties, and offers solutions. Chapter 6 is a short course in the chemistry behind lith printing, an understanding of which will help you prevent and solve problems. Chapter 7 is about controlling color in prints during development. Chapter 8 discusses toning lith prints, specifically with gold, selenium, and selenium plus gold toners for stunning effects. Chapter 9 talks about redeveloping conventional prints in lith developer. Chapter 10 introduces some "lith look-a-like effects" that can be achieved with sodium-hydroxide enriched developer, split-thiocarbamide toning, and various bleaching techniques. Some of these produce breathtaking results. Everything is generously illustrated. Tips and cautions are displayed in conspicuous colored boxes. The topics covered in each chapter are set out at the beginning of the chapter. The only fault I have with the book is minor: The captions that explain the photographs are quite good, but they are so small as to be difficult to read.
It should be noted that Tim Rudman is British, and he uses the British names for lith papers. UK/US/Australian paper equivalents are given in the excellent appendices in the back of the book. Also found in the appendices are: a troubleshooting guide, paper characteristics for 19 papers discussed in the book, a color guide that tells us which papers produce which colors under what circumstances, a paper speed reference table, an f-stop chart for printing, a glossary, and a list of US, UK, and Australian suppliers.
Some photographers might like to duplicate the style of lith prints in the digital darkroom. It would certainly be safer. If you're committed the digital darkroom, Tim Rudman's breathtaking prints can still serve as an inspiration. I generally prefer traditional prints for black-and-white photographs, as they convey a depth that is easily distinguished from digital prints when examined closely. And all lith prints will be one-of-a-kind, which could be a source of great pride or great frustration, depending on your mood. In any case, "The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course" is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, beautifully illustrated manual of Lith printing. I'm sure that wet darkroom printers of all levels will find this an interesting technique to try.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The One and Only Book On Lith Printing!! 4 May 1999
By Retina - Published on
Format: Paperback
More than 1 year ago, I purchased Tim's first book, "The Photographer's Master Printing Course'. I felt I needed to go to the next level in my printing of black and white images. Little did I know how this book would change my printing and darkroom life. There was a small chapter on Lith Printing and this got me started, and, addicted!, to it.
With the publication of Tim's Lith book, it is the one and only book covering this little known, but, simple printing process that can add new firepower to the serious black and white printer's arsenal of techniques. As an avid 'Lithaholic', I am fascinated at the transformation of many of my black and white images into another realm of artistic interpretation with many directions with which to go. Tim lays it all out, in simple, easy to follow directions covering every aspect of this process. No one could have done a better job compiling years of experimentation into a text that will save the printer untold time in arriving at many lovely works of art using a process that I feel will be popularized by this book. It is an instantaneous classic that will be the first of many publications featuring lith printing.
All praise to Tim Rudman!! Thank you Tim.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great for beginners and advanced lith printers 15 Aug. 2005
By J. Scott - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very well organized and written, this book is a must for beginners and advanced lith printers alike. I am new to the process and found the book was easy to follow with great examples. The author provided lists of supplies and suppliers to make it even easier to get started as well as charts of specific papers and the effects of various developers so the beginner would know what to expect. This is not just a how-to book, but instead the author encourages exploration within the process.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best 15 Sept. 2000
By Harry Sullivan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't imagine what posessed the last reviewer to complain about the print size of this book. It's the content that matters! This is a superb book that opens up this beautiful photographic process and makes it real, understandable and 'doable' for the first time. It is really an inspirational book as well as being practical and instructional. Tim is a great teacher and communicator. Wonderful stuuf. Thank you.
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