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on 14 July 2013
First the dimensions of the book were much smaller than I had anticipated . It is virtually a pocket book .
Secondly I was looking for a book to improve my conversion of colour digital photographs to black and white images. This book certainly does give a lot of clear instructions on how to go about but this task but in addition it covers the field much more widely - the history of photography, the work of famous black and white photographers, the adoption of colour images by magazines and news papers, the relationship of photography and art , how to appraise colour images and their suitability for black and white conversion etc etc.
All in all a very instructive work and good value.
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on 16 December 2015
This is a really strange publication.

It's by Michael Freeman - who needs no introduction to any British-based photographer since the 80s. I am therefore sure that it is technically sound.

However, it is also a treatise rather than a field guide. So I'm puzzled by the title? It's really interesting, possibly more 'high brow' than many practical photographers would expect, but essential reading (more like a textbook) for students of photography and photographic artists.

But why is it printed in this format? You wouldn't take it 'in the field' and, besides, it appears to have simply been shrunk from a larger format. Down the outer edge of the pages is a grey tab system to divide the book into sections. The printing on these tabs give the game away - it is SO small that no-one could seriously be expected to read it. The bulk of the text is certainly not that easy to read - one of those whole page magnifiers that they sell to the elderly in Sunday newspapers might be helpful regardless of your age.

The page layout is also odd. There's very little difference between the inside margins and the outside, whereas normally a publisher would have larger inner ones to allow the book to open comfortably. A fault that many self-publishers often make is to encroach on the binding too much or leave too little on the outer edges, but this is obviously not an amateur publisher.

The illustrations, of which there are many which is good, seem to have been reproduced in a tint close to sepia. Which is strikingly bizarre for a book on BLACK AND WHITE photography.

So, all in all, a potentially interesting book by a highly respected author - if only it was readable.
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on 16 March 2016
very small book print very difficult to read as such of no real use avoid
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on 15 February 2016
total crap letters so small an ant would have trouble reading this.
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on 12 January 2016
I didn't realise it was a guide, and a very good one, to digital photography in black and white. I have been experimenting with b & w film stock recently, so it wasn't what I was looking for. Very good book nonetheless.
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on 29 April 2015
This is more of a mini reference manual than a pocket book, but it still fits my pocket. All Michael Freeman's books are worth reading, but this one is excellent.
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on 5 April 2016
Bought as gift but appreciated
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on 17 June 2013
This is a great book. Well worth purchasing. I Find that all of Michael Freeman's books on Photography are very good. His descriptions and instructions are comprehensive but easily understood.
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on 10 July 2013
Michael Freeman writings on photography have always interested me. He has the knack of explaining photo detail and how to carry out the procedures necessary to achieve success. The guide on Black & White and the relationship with the new systems of digital photography are well covered in theory and practice. Nearly 100 pages of explanation and guidance for £8.99 is exceptional value.
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on 1 September 2013
Good format book for taking along on a journey for example. Full of tips and good pics to get somebody going in the art of B/W picture taking. It is exactly what it said it was, a field guide with plenty of good ideas borne from experience. Nice, a good buy, easy to read. For beginners and experienced alike.
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