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I do love this book. Yes, I have read all the Ansel Adams books I could get my hands on, but this book had more of an affect on my work. I do shoot medium format, black and white, and I do love working in the darkroom.
I like printing with a dichro head on VC paper, and I do split-contrast printing to avoid all the dodging and burning that I used to do. Blakemore has helped me think more about the images I make, and think about what I am after.
You don’t have to like the subjects he chose, try to get what he was saying about the problems he was facing and what he did about them. If you are shooting digitally, this book may help you. I don’t know.
Maybe you should get back into the darkroom and feel the magic of pulling a paper print out of the soup! It’s addictive.
The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 2
Putting aside the fact that almost everything in this book is, well, obsolete, I found this to be one of the most engaging books on how to “make” photographs. Reading how John Blakemore analyzed what he was trying to attempt with his photography and how he honed every possible aspect of the photographic process until he got what he wanted simply intriqued me.
There is no escaping the work that photography requires in order for it to be any good. But the good news is that all of this working through processes to make a photograph succeed can be a heck of a lot of fun, because of the exploration and discovery that is involved.
This book has changed the way I look at taking photographs and has definitely broadened how I look at–and assess–the world around me.
Histograms break down the value of a photograph. Once you understand value you can use it to create stark contrasts or to create soft, subtle compositions. Value in the photography world really just translates to light. If you have a heavily lighted photography it is high on the value scale. If you have a low lighted photograph then it is low on the value scale.
Bringing his vast knowledge and experience to bear, John Blakemore explores the creative as well as the technical processes involved in black and white photography. Long awaited for the many thousands of photographers that have attended his legendary workshops over the years and essential for the many more that have never had the chance, this is a unique insight into the art of one of photography’s most influential practitioners and an important document of the methods of one of photography’s most important teachers.
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This book is similar to Ansel Adams’ Making of 20 photographs in some ways, but Blakemore’s images are more pictorial than Adams’ and he focuses more on what he was thinking than how he made the exposures.
There are almost no technical details, but plenty of insight into the creative process Blakemore uses to make his images, with a basic introduction of the Zone system for good measure. Personaly, I could not get past the images, which are too soft and abstract for my tastes, to really connect with his though process.
If you think you would be interested in seeing into Mr. Blakemores’ mind while he formulates these images, AND you like his soft focus style, you might enjoy this book. If you prefer more defined images, or are looking for more technical information on how the images were made, you will not find what you are looking for here.
This book seems less of a workshop and more of a chat session with the photographer.
For the Black & White Photography workshop you will need a semi-professional standard camera – either a digital SLR or compact camera with manual exposure. If you don’t currently own a suitable camera, we are happy to lend you one of our spares.
Please let us know before your workshop that you’ll need to borrow our equipment and we’ll arrange this for you. You’ll also need a few basic photography skills, including general knowledge of aperture, camera lenses, shutter speed and ISO including exposure modes.
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The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography – Book 1 (Ansel Adams’s Guide to the Basic Techniques of Photography)
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With expectation I opened my copy, only to find that, yes, all the tech details were spot on, concise and well argued, but that the haphazard layout was an affront to the subject…Read more
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I can thoroughly recommend this book to everyone, even those who have gone digital. John talks about how and why he has made a photograph and also discusses the Zone system. The zone system has always been a bit hard for a lot of people to follow but I think John has made it more accessable.
The point is even if you are a Digital photographer the same principles apply.The rest of the book deals on “seeing” and “reasons” to make a photograph, also on burning and dodging, which is just the same in Photoshop as it is in the Darkroom.
John is one of the Worlds finest teachers and photographers and this book should be on every photographers bookshelf. Even if you only just look at the pictures.
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Tones – A discussion about light, colour, black and white and grey tones to develop your understanding
John Blakemore has been a key figure in British photography for over thirty years. He is a recognized master of the black and white medium, and here he presents a unique and practical masterclass in the techniques that have earned him worldwide acclaim.
“I don’t think it would be possible to find a more energetic, knowledgeable and passionate teacher than Ion. His patience and enthusiasm over our 2 day advanced photography course has allowed me to evolve into a confident photographer. Highly Recommended! Thanks Ion. Harry”
This is a book for the serious monochrome photographer who is interested in more than just manipulating oixels.A renowned british photographer, Blakemore takes the reader on a personal journey through the making of several series of images, including tulips, still life and landscape.
There is a chapter on the zone system which is not technical – you don’t have to be a fan of the system to read this book, but his discussion is thoughtful and insightful.Every time I want some inspiration this is one of the books I pickup and reread or just browse.
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After a certain point, I don’t believe reading about your hobby is going to make you any better at it – you just have to practice. When I first started I read The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression, all of the Ansel Adams books The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 1),The Negative (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 2),The Print (Ansel Adams Photography, Book 3), and especially Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs several times each.
About 1000 medium format B&W negatives, I’ve gotten to the point where I need a little “push” to make my photos better.This book gave me that push. It is an excellent blend of technique and application.
It really got me rethinking a lot of my assumptions about tonality and contrast, and is helping me refine my personal style. Having just rescanned all of my negatives, it also got me to revisit many “failures” and reconsider them in a new artistic and technical light.
This is an excellent book whether you are just learning the basics of B&W film, or you need to advance your technique and creative vision. I bought several copies to inspire my darkroom friends!
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Fully one-quarter of the book is spent on tulip still lifes. There are 40 pages of tulips out of the 160 total.Read more
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This workshop is an amazing opportunity to enhance your black and white photography skills in an inspiring environment. As a student at Photoion, you also have access to our after course support system. Once we’ve handed you the tools you need, you can stay in touch with our tutors for further help and assistance or to ask for constructive feedback on your work. This makes us different from other photography courses, as we offer unlimited follow-up support and advice.
Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: David & Charles (April 15, 2005) ISBN-10: 0715317210 ASIN: B001QCX9TA Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.
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Despite the fast progression of technology, black and white photography is still a very popular style, and many photographers desire to master the art of this medium. Simple and beautiful, black and white images often have more impact than colour images and require a different style of photography.
In our Black & White Photography Workshop you will discover the intensity and nuance of black and white photography. Focusing solely on light and shape, you will learn how to take your monochrome pictures to the next level.
Our policy of teaching in small groups means you’ll receive individual attention to get the most out of the one day workshop.
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There are two reasons to shoot black and white photography. One reason is because you think it looks old fashioned and it’s a cool effect. A better reason to shoot black and white photography is because of the lessons it can teach you. Black and White Photography teaches you about values. We’re not talking about ethical values but the value in a monotone sense where color is taken out of the picture and we can focus on value as a single element.
Absolutly a most read book about working with black and white film in the darkroom.
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Subjects and composition – what makes a good black and white photograph? How to decide whether to use colour or monochrome?
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Ansel Adams understood the dynamics of black and white photography along with other essential elements and principals of design and photography. A part of this could be that he didn’t meddle with color, since we often get distracted by color and loose the value of the composition. To truly understand composition shooting black and white photography is something you have to try as not just an “effect”, but as a teaching tool.
High value is white and low value is black, you can see below a visual representation of value scale.
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Starting as a freelance photographer in 1956, John Blakemore soon emerged as England’s leading landscape photographer, later transferring his unique and elegant photographic style into areas as diverse as still life, documentary, portraiture and Polaroid colour. His work is included in the public collections of, among others, the Royal Photographic Society, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Arts Council of Great Britian, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Fotografiska Museet, Stokholm, and the British Council. He has had one-man exhibitions all over the world including in London, LA and New York, and a British Council Touring Exhibition to Eastern Europe, South America and China. He has had four monographs of his work published, and has given public workshops for over 25 years establishing himself as one of the UK’s best known photography teachers. He also taught photography at the University of Derby for many years and, recently retired, is now Emeritus Professor of Photography. He lives in Derby, UK.
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Mastering the Exposure Triangle is the key to photographic excellence. Highly illustrated and easy to follow lessons require no prior experience.
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This is not a technical book on black and white photography. Although the author provides some technical material, it assumes that you are already past the basics. This book is more about developing and refining your aesthetic, the part of photography that is harder to teach and may I say harder to learn.
The author takes you on a journey through a series of images discussing everything from the original motivation behind the capture to the final execution of the print. Throughout it is sprinkled with delightful insights and perceptive observations.
The author also shows prints that were left out of the final portfolio and discusses what artistic criteria they failed to meet. Quite instructive indeed.I found this book useful, despite the fact that I usually print digitally from film scans.
I also found the images a welcome deviation from the usual punched up prints that are popular today. However, you need not ascribe to the author’s taste to benefit from the book.
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