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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but..., 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Paperback)
I really liked this book on B&W photography despite the fact that it relies quite heavily on post-processing. Having said that, most B&W photos these days are taken with digital cameras, so if you want to create a B&W portfolio you will have to rely on photo editing software.
The downside is that the book relies on the photographer's access to two B&W tools: Adobe Lightroom and Silver Efex 2. If you do own these tools, then this book shows in detail how you can achieve great B&W images with them. If you don't, it might convince you that you have to spend even more money if you want to create great B&W images.

Having said that, a third of the book focuses on composition and exposure, so even if you use other B&W conversion tools, there is still some value. However, there are better books on just exposure and composition so if you'd want to learn more about those topics, you might want to consider some other books.

As is clear from the above, it's the post-processing information that makes this book a good source of information and for someone interested in B&W photography and who has access to the software, it's a nice all-in-one package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Jan 2013
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If you like black and white picture and you (want to) use Lightroom together with Silver Efex Pro, than this book is the ideal guide. Crisp and clear! A must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for monochrome, 5 Aug 2012
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This is a very good book for monochrome but, only if you have Silver efex 2 software, and better still if you use lightroom as well.it explains in good detail the interface of silver efex 2,and then about using the various tools and sliders to get fantastic black and white photos, it starts out explaining how too see in black and white, and takes you through too printing, doing your own, using a print house,framing and sharing your photos,but like i said at the start, it is no good if you dont have the above software as it doesn't cover coverting too black and white in photoshop, or, elements etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Black and White newcomer, 11 Mar 2012
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Having been inspired by the free download of the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software and amazed at the monotone conversions it performed I decided the way forward for me was Black and White photography. So I bought the software but needed a book to explain the basics and a bit more about light, contrast, composition plus the necessary software and above all how to use it.

This book ticks all those boxes. Is extremely easy to read and you can just keep opening the book and dart in and out for new ideas and knowledge without having to read it in sequence.

Important to be aware that to get the best from the book you do need Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2 software - which compared to the cost of those makes the book great value !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black and White, 2 Oct 2013
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An excellent and thought provoking book for all those interested in producing top class monochrome images. Useful in its in depth coverage of Light Room and Silver Efex Pro 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to cover all you need to know, 1 Aug 2013
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Silver Efex Pro 2 it's a very complex program with more permutatations than you could wave a stick at! This book provides an invaluable insight into the possibilities to assist in your voyabe of discovery.
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Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots by John Batdorff (Paperback - 20 July 2011)
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