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Complete Guide to Digital B&W (Complete Guides) Paperback – 5 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.
Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.
Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.
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I guess I am a fan of Freeman anyway as I also have two of his other books, "The Photographers Eye" and "The Photographers Mind".
They are no-nonsense factual and very well put together, easy to read and digest with plenty of examples. I would not hesitate to recommend it, or any of his other ones.
Getting the best possible B&W print from a digital image may involve a number of things from using RAW rather than JPG, exposure, tonality, detail in a good range of areas perhaps including the sky, after-camera adjustments in Lightroom or whichever software you use and then using the best possible printer, inks and paper for the result you want.
It is not a simple procedure and there is much that could go seriously wrong and effect the results. The book is intended to assist with this process, taking a chapter or two to explore every single major step and procedure involved.
Unfortunately, although going digital has made obtaining colour prints cheaper and easier for almost all it has had the reverse effect for those wanting B&W. It seems crazy and quite unbelievable, but it is true!
If you want to undertake digital B&W photography, this is one of the best available all-round books.
The text is, in my opinion, very clear. Easily understood examples are threaded throughout the book.
I'm interested in the comments by others that encompass 'for the beginner' or 'too technical'. It is for the serious student of B & W. Of course it is aimed at helping people learn. So it is very appropriately for the person who is in the early stages of the B & W learning curve, but it will stretch them and support them a long way along that curve.
If you're at all thinking, 'I'd like to really try digital B & W', then the first thing to do is buy this.
However, this is one of the first books I see with results comparison from several applications or plugins worth the price, even as simple educational reading...
This is my first book by Micheal Freeman, but after reading it I have been forced to add at least two more of his titles to my Christmas wishlist.
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