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A must for photographer wishing to explore delights of Digital Black & White
on 30 December 2012
This book is a must for any photographer wanting to explore the world of B&W. The author has divided the book into well planned route to achieving images from 'Thinking and Capturing Images in B&W' through to the delivering the final work of art via the use of Image Editing tools. However, there is an element of reliance of good working knowledge in composing and understanding camera craft - for me, this is a good move by Harold Davis. Too many books of this type get bog down in the camera technology and not the 'doing' and 'delivering' your final creative product 'The Print'.
As with understanding camera craft, the reader must have good working experience of image editing tools: Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Silver Flex. But it should be said, these tools are a must for delivering the final part, with your own artistic vision, on the print. The instructions of the use of imaging tools are well introduced, but sufficient room for each photographer to add their own 'signature or style'.
This book is a practical book, and not a coffee-table book for occasional read! Use the techniques to archive your own B&W vision. The only small disappointment was a chapter (or two) on the printing side, as an introduction, - use of new grade of inkjet printers like the Epson R3000 that can deliver the final part of the B&W chain. Hence the need to purchase 'Fine Art Printing for Photographers'.
Overall, a book for ALL digital photographers who would like to achieve a good foundation in knowledge acquisition and mastering the 'mystical' world of Black & White photography guarded by so many photographer. However, we must build on the foundations presented in this book to archive our own creative B&W vision.