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Gary Wagner’s love of the photographic image and craft began at the age of sixteen when he became the photographer for his high school newspaper in Kokomo, Indiana. He continued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, eventually moving to Santa Barbara, California, to attend Brooks Institute of Photography.
While at Brooks, Gary increased his artistic and theoretical knowledge of photography and the historical significance of the printed image. Earning a Master’s Degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, with the publication of his work on historical carbon printing, gave Gary a continued appreciation and passion for his artistic craft.
Gary’s professional career spans more than three decades and includes, fine art, portrait, and commercial photography. His knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm for the photographic image enabled him to successfully teach theory and technique at the college level and seminars in Europe on the English country landscape.
Fluent with all film formats, from 35mm to 8×10, Gary has embraced the digital image and the ever-changing environment of photography in the current technological age. Exploring photography using digital imagery offers a myriad of possibilities.
Refining technique with the interplay of artistic expression fascinates and challenges Gary to continue his exploration of the photographic image and his study of the land and its natural elements and beauty.
For the past 25 years Gary has made his home in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Northern California.
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Because landscape photographers are at the mercy of quickly changing weather, uneven illumination, poor contrast or limited tonal range, and other elements, this book shares the skills and techniques needed to turn these liabilities into assets.
It explores types of landscape photography, explains what equipment works best, and describes how to find a balance between creativity and technique. It tells how to see the palette of natural light and the tonalities that make for outstanding photography and discusses focus, depth of field, and controlling tonalities in black- and-white landscapes.
Digital Black & White Landscape Photography: Fine Art Techniques from Camera to Print
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I like the way the author presents the subjects, they are easy to understand. The photos in the book are great. I have Photomatix and the Nik programs, so what he writes about them is very helpful to me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in improving their photography skills.
Landscape photography is a popular photographic genreand for good reason. The great outdoors is an ever-ready subject. It is variable, as well; it is affected by changing light, decomposition, weather, human interaction, and myriad other factors.
Its features range from natural to manmade elementsand many landscapes are comprised of both.Photographers who point their camera’s lens at a scene do so in an effort to communicate their feelings about the landscape.
Rather than simply document the scene, they seek to capture the spirit of placeperhaps to tell a story or depict a mood. They aim to share with viewers the ways in which the scene speaks to them. Accomplishing these goals may seem simple at the outset, but the task is rife with challenges.
In this book, Gary Wagner shows readers how to create powerful, evocative black & white landscape photographs filled with beautiful light, a full range of tones, and exquisite detail. Beginning with a look at the gear you’ll need to get the best-possible images, Wagner covers cameras, lens types, tripods, and filters.
He then discusses the postproduction processes he uses to enhance his images, producing breathtaking photographic records of natural and man-altered locales.Following a run-through of the basic tenets of landscape photography, Wagner presents 60 of his favorite images for review.
Readers will find images in six categories: (1) Lakes and Streams, (2) Trees and Rocks, (3) Coastal Seascapes, (4) Winter, and (5) Man-Altered Landscapes. This presentation model allows readers to focus on the aspects of landscape photography that most appeal to them or challenge them most.
With each image presented, readers will learn the strategies that went into conceptualizing and creating the shotfrom exposure, to composition, to postproduction, and more.With information on every aspect of creating striking, moving landscape imagesfrom choosing gear, to studying light, to calculating ideal exposures, to composing images, to retouching/manipulating the images for breathtaking results, to setting up your workflow to ensure that the printed/output image meets the strictest criteria, this book will prove indispensable to photographers new to landscape photography or those seeking to take their image creation to a whole new level.
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John Collett and David Collett are photographers who specialize in fine-art landscape and travel photography. John Collett lives in San Clemente, California. David Collett lives in Redondo Beach, California.
This is a great book by a classical landscape photographer who has converted to digital photography without losing the quality of classical film images.Read more
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Digital Black & White Landscape Photography: Fine Art Techniques from Camera to Print Paperback – August 11, 2015
I first borrowed this book from the library by title only in an on-line search. What a surprise! The authors have distilled a lot of important ideas and facts into simple sections, with pointers & critiques along the way.
A veritible small wealth of information. While a pro might find this all rather second nature, an amateur will definitely find something of value in here, and a beginner will find the whole book very valuable.
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Black & White Artistry: The Creative Photographer’s Guide to Interpreting Places and Spaces
This is a very accessable tutorial of how the digital photographer can do B&W conversion. After a fairly short dicussion on gear and software, the meat of the book is the examples which the author annotates with some detail on the shooting and processing strategy.
Wagner stresses shooting a HDR series, tone mapping and then converting to monochrome. With current sensor technology the HDR step is less likley to be needed than it was even 5 years ago. Also, Wagner’s style is to produce a fairly dark and moody print.
This style may no be for everyone or for every image, but the principles presented allow the reader the freedom to find their own asthetic. For a broader look at modern B&W imaging there is Michael Freeman’s Black and White Photography: Field Guide.
I find both of considerable value.
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The Kindle version of this book is not much cheaper than the printed one. I got it after seeing some of Gary’s images in the current issue (#121) of LensWork magazine. They were big and presented professionally in the magazine.
The Kindle book though had all the images fixed in position and very small, making it hard to tell what Gary was trying to tell the reader about the image. Hopefully there will be an update to this book, for free, fixing the image sizes so that paying customers can see the images, at least as well as they were shown in LensWork.
UPDATE: Rotating my iPad or Kindle to look at this book works better for the pictures. I did see the analog version at a brick & mortar store and am now glad I went with the digital. I am updating my rating of 2 stars to 4 stars.
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I have purchased several books on photography in the past few months since starting this hobby, and this is by far the best. Mostly because it focused on the things I’m after, B&W and landscapes, that is about all I want to do.
There is not a lot of information on Digital Photography, but unlike some books I have, there were not several chapters on darkroom developing that I’ll likely never need. This book seems to focus on the composition and creativity, which was just what I needed.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Buy it now, you won’t be dissappointed.
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I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in learning more about composing or critiquing photographs.
This slim volume is a comprehensive guide packed with necessary information on black and white and landscape photography. The introduction to the book states, “. . . when photographing landscapes, you are at the mercy of these elements–quickly changing weather, changing and uneven illumination, poor contrast or limited tonal range, undesirable yet unchangeable foregrounds or backgrounds, and extraneous objects in the scene which may significantly detract from your composition.
” The challenge of creating a dynamic black and white landscape almost makes a photographer want to quit before beginning. Yet, with the help of this book, obtaining a spectacular black and white landscape seems to be within the realm of possibility.
I like the book most because there is great detail in clear and understandable terms. Along with the text are more than seventy interpretive examples of black and white landscape photographs. The first section of the book discusses “The Artist’s Tools.
” Everything from camera format to film and tripods are thoroughly addressed, including the benefits or drawbacks of various choices, prices and recommended accessories. Section two defines the art of landscape photography.
Some questions answered are, “What is art?” “What makes a good landscape photograph?” and “Why black and White?” I found section 3 to be the most informative. Visual elements are explained in detail. Among some of the aspects covered are framing, vision, viewpoint, tonality and design.
“Field Techniques” are explained in section four. The sometimes confusing effects of different colored filters on black and white images are explained with the help of charts and photographic examples.
A condensed, but comprehensive explanation of the Zone System ends this section. The quotation, “The darkroom . . . allows you to create an image that exactly matches your artistic conception” introduces section five.
This chapter takes us into the darkroom and beyond. Section six explains “Putting it all together,” and section seven gives examples of field exposure, darkroom printing and Zone System field exposure records so we can repeat the perfect image every time.
A list of recommended books for further reading is supplied as is a list of Internet resources. I found this book so helpful and comprehensive, I carry it with me into the field and find myself referring to it often.
A definite five star addition to your library.
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The author really did a good job explaining his process and outlining ways that the reader could follow. This book is a resource that I will see a lot. I may not do as much black and white but I will follow his steps when I process my pictures and also use his tips for setting up the shots.
The pictures were absolutely stunning.
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I’m sorry to say I was really disappointed with this book. I was looking for some new inspiration to perhaps add a spark to my own landscape photography and certainly Gary’s photos do have a unique mood to them.
However it would seem the author just didnt have enough advice to offer in order to justify an entire book. The post process involved in creating the look and feel of these photos is very repetitive and once you’ve read about a couple of them you’ve pretty much got the gist of it.
And unfortunately quite a bit of it is automated programs and filters. I really didn’t learn a single new technique. Not one “aha” moment.Great photographs but ultimately not very educational.
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The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos
As others have mentioned, the photographs in the book are beautiful. I was hoping for a book that would dive into photography techniques as used in black and white photography. But most every photo follows the same process of bracketed images, HDR merge and convert to black and white.
There is little mention of any actual techniques or why or ho the photograph was taken, which in my opinion is the toughest and most interesting part. If you are looking for a book to simplify the editing process with good results then buy this one.
If you are looking for a book to learn about how and why to take a picture for black and white then look elsewhere.