I had often wondered why Alec Soth named his publishing house Little Brown Mushroom. John Cage, the composer, who died in 1992, was a keen mycologist and I learnt that Cage spent as much time identifying mushrooms as he did composing. This beautiful little book housed in a slipcase and sensitively edited by Soth combines 44 photos by William Gedney (1832-1989) and 22 of John Cage’s stories. Gedney’s archival images are intricately placed within the book with folds and layers indicative of the complexities of Cage’s music. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed, this book is an absolute delight. Since writing this Iris Garden has sold out, but find it if you can as it is a treat.
Mastering Photographic Histograms: The key to fine-tuning exposure and better photo…
Understanding Histograms is the key to fine-tuning exposure in the field and better photo editing.Learn about the 4 types of photographic histograms.
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I am completely blown away by this atlas of the surface of Mars. Who isn’t in awe of the universe? I still remember camping out the night of the first moonwalk. Xavier Barral has trawled through tens of thousands of images taken by the MRO probe Hirise camera that was launched into orbit by Nasa in 2005 to document the surface of this magical planet. Stunning, curious and abstract images of the planet’s surface reveal its three-billion-year history. Extraordinary images of the dunes of Noachis Terra and Velles Marineris canyons are breathtaking. This book is a perfect marriage of science and art. This is an extraordinary book, and takes photographs of the earth from above to a new level. This is a giant leap for a photo book and makes you wonder if perhaps there is someone out there photographing us.
Images of Plademunt’s red blood cells follow portraits and landscapes. A giant snake’s head is followed by a car park filled with empty containers. An enormous dead fly sits opposite a slightly open door. The book has a sinister feel at times, the sequence of images often uncomfortable. It’s a book that pushes the boundaries of photographic tradition and practices, which kept me fascinated with each page I turned.
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This is Mars – Photographs by NADA/MRO, edited by Xavier Barral (Aperture, £50)
Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Read the book from cover to cover.Full of useful processing information, all very easy to understand.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–Creating a Champion
Black & White Artistry: The Creative Photographer’s Guide to Interpreting Places and Spaces
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Beautifully illustrated and far-reaching in scope, this guide is destined to be a standard reference for years to come. Alongside the work of author Michael Freeman, you’ll find the work of iconic black and white photographers such as Ansel Adams, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, Edward Curtis, Brett Weston and Edward Weston, amongst others.
From its historic roots, black and white photography in the digital age is thoroughly explored. Freeman covers all aspects of black-and-white digital photography: the fine art tradition as well as the techniques.
Learn how to see and expose in black and white, digitally convert color to monochrome and develop a black and white digital workflow using the latest software.
The Astrophotography Manual: A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Sky Imaging
The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters
I will join the group here with a 5-star rating. I am not a huge fan of the “star” rating system, because – in my opinion – it effects sales disproportionately (a 5-star book needs only one bad review in many to become a 3 or 4 star book).
Being an author myself, I understand this, and I don’t think anything other than 5-star accurately reflects the utility of this book.My primary question would be whether I would recommend that a serious photographer purchase this book.
And I would recommend it. I have been shooting (film, progressed to digital in 2002) for 40 years; and am mostly-self-taught. This means (especially in the early years) lots of “how to” books. There are lots of pretty good ones out there and lots of not-so-good ones.
Many keep re-iterating the same “basics” over and over again, which for the most part is a waste of space for the seasoned user. There are a few real “keepers” in my view. But there is NO ONE book that comprehensively covers a subject.
Like any learning endeavor (even school textbooks) you need to collect different books to supplement each other. This is one of those books. It has a lot of very good information in it and should be part of a serious B&W shooter’s “library” in my opinion.
But it probably isn’t the only book you should have (I think the Ansel Adams books are probably part of the library too).Now for some objective criticism.The positive: This a a book for those who like to “get under the hood.
” I am one of those. I really enjoyed the brief history, and the comparison of B&W film characteristics with digital. It puts what I am trying to do and why into context. There is just enough information about how to use the popular software applications.
It is not a re-hash of the how-to books.The negative (or perhaps “constructive” 🙂 ): Some of this may be editorial, but it affects the reader experience. My biggest issue is that the text often references (usually Photoshop) measurements that are not illustrated.
It often will say something like, “as the histogram in this image illustrates …..”. Then rather than having a histogram as an illustration for the image, the book will show the image and occasionally some sliders for the suggested adjustment.
Likewise, there is often a reference made to an original image and then the suggested adjustments and the final image. Sometimes the original image is presented – but often it isn’t. Sometimes the “stages” are illustrated by resulting image.
But sometimes they are not. This is very inconsistent throughout the book and is somewhat disconcerting for the reader who is trying to follow and learn.Overall, these are not major issues and I would recommend this as an addition to your library
Overall, a good book, but it does have some fluff that wasn’t really needed.
Beautiful Creatures: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book of Animals
Defrosting of the crests of Inca Cit y © NASA/JPL/The University of Arizona/Éditions Xavier Barral
Sergio Larrain – Vagabond Photographer (Thames & Hudson, £65)
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent photography reference book for the BW photographer
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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Jacob Aue Sobol’s iconic book Sabine, his documentary of his relationship with his Inuit girlfriend, is one of my favourite photo books of the past 10 years. In this new book the great Swedish photographer Petersen joins his protégé Sobol to produce a raw, gritty visual journey. Veins is split into two halves that share a grainy, stark, black and white, often grim reality. Both photographers share themes of nudity, animals, stark grimy interiors and the inhabitants from society’s fringe. This is a treat for lovers of a harsh aesthetic. Hats off to Dewi Lewis for publishing a genuinely important little book.
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Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual Third Revised Edition
Learn all features, menus, and controls of the Panasonic Lumix ZS70 from a fully illustrated guide book with a detailed index and many helpful hints.
Michael Freeman continues to write informative photography books and his latest title considers black and white photography.Read more
The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture-Making
5.0 out of 5 starsyou know that any book written by Michael Freeman will be among the best you can buy on any topic
The Photographer’s Eye Digitally Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition: Composition a…
I downloaded a sample to check it out and find that major parts of that samplers plagiarized from Black and White Photography Field Guide.Read more
Photo Design: Picture Composition for Black and White Photography
Advanced Black-and-White Photography (Kodak Workshop Series)
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The Absense of Myth by Tereza Zelenkova (self-published, £20)
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Learn all features, menus, and controls of the Nikon Coolpix P900 from a fully illustrated guide book with a detailed index and many helpful hints.
This is every photography lover’s book of the year. It’s a masterpiece. I can say no more.
Iris Garden by John Cage and William Gedney, edited by Alec Soth ( Little Brown Mushroom)
5.0 out of 5 starsShould be part of a Photographer’s “Library”
Fine Art Inkjet Printing: The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print
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If youâve been doing photography for any length of time, you know that any book written by Michael Freeman will be among the best you can buy on any topic. Freemanâs new book, Black and White Photography, keeps the tradition of excellence by providing photographers with a quintessential guide to creating and editing monochrome images.
In this book, Freeman rightly begins at the beginningâwith a genuinely interesting history of photography. And since black-and-white photo was at the beginning, Freeman introduces the fundamental technical and style traditions established and refined by the masters as black-and-white shooting evolved.
But youâre never left with a dry, tasteless walk from Niepceâs 1826 eight-hour exposure to Daguerreotypes that reduced exposure time to 20 to 30 minutes. Freeman includes the artistic philosophies and concerns of the masters including and their responses to the introduction of color films.
Throughout, Freeman relates the past technologies and approaches with current technologies and options. So if you think you can skip the history part, youâll miss important considerations for current photographers.
Despite the introduction and mass popularity of color film, black-and-white photography endures both for its aesthetic and artistic impact. Youâll learn the structure and characteristics of black-and-white films that serve as the basis for the âlooksâ that photographers today want to replicate when converting color digital images to monochrome.
As Freeman discusses how lighting, drama, geometry, and texture become the hallmarks of black-and-white images, I realized again that black-and-white shooting demands an artistic vision in ways that color photography does not.
The author discusses every aspect of monochrome images from shape and composition to tone and texture, and he clearly demonstrates how to maximize each aspect to deliver your final interpretation of the image.
Abundant and beautiful images illustrate Freemanâs techniques.Like most photographers know, working with 12- or14-bit RAW images offers files that are data rich, allowing a wide range of adjustments including highlight recovery during conversion.
Freeman shows conversion examples in programs ranging from using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) with itâs SHL/Grayscale and Curves tools, and Adobe Lightroom to various plug-ins such as Silver Efex Pro (a plugin that sadly is no longer supported by Google).
Youâll learn how to think in black and white so you can pre-visualize the final image. The author spends time showing you how to adjust and perfect contrast, how to work with high- and low-key images, and how to tone-map images with and without High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing to name a few.
At every turn, Freeman includes alternate options. By manipulating hue, he demonstrates how to fine-tune contrast, atmosphere and depth in the image, as well as how to adjust the appearance of vegetation and dark and light skin tones.
As a photographer and author, I know that Freemanâs recommendations keep with the best of industry standards. Whether youâre new to monochrome shooting or returning to it after time away, this book will make you anxious to begin shooting black-and-white.
Freeman leaves no stone unturned. Itâs with a detailed, clear-eyed vision, from capture to thoughtful processing, that the rich history of black-and-white photography is brought forward to today.
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Lovely Cats – A Grayscale Coloring Book that Opens the Door for Creative Expression (The Lovely Series) (Volume 2)
Monochromatic HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing Black & White High Dynamic Range Photos
Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography
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Vampires: A Grayscale Coloring Book with Sexy Vampire Women, Dark Fantasy Romance, and Haunting Gothic Scenes for Relaxation
I love the fact that not only is Sevincli’s book Good Dog made as a tribute to the legendary Daido Moryama’s 1971 image Stray Dog but it is also the locals’ nickname for the neighbourhood in Istanbul in which Sevincli lives. I love the scratched-up blown-out surface, the nearly dead cockroach, a punk’s shredded tights and a fly on a super-grainy window. It has stark, raw images with an aesthetic shared by Anders Peterson. The book is darkly seductive – even the paper surface is sexy to the touch – and has a dark narrative, which really drew me into its spell. The images are disquieting and I share Sevincli’s fears and questions of the environment he is photographing.
Flowers Grayscale Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book with 50 Beautiful Photos of Flowers for Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Colorists
Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print)
4.0 out of 5 starsa good book, but it does have some fluff that …
Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition: Design, Color, and Composition in Photography
Even though it has been twenty years since I worked in black and white photography, I was still eager to read this book because the author, Michael Freeman, is such an insightful…Read more
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Veins by Anders Petersen and Jacob Aue Sobol (Dewi Lewis, £28)
50 Paths to Creative Photography: Style & Technique (The Photographer’s Eye)
The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos
Black Marble Dot Journal A5: Dot Grid Notebook A5, 140 Dotted Pages, Marble Design, Softcover (Marble Dotted Notebook) (Volume 1)
Mastering the Exposure Triangle is the key to photographic excellence. Highly illustrated and easy to follow lessons require no prior experience.
This is an incredibly helpful book. It covers so much of what you need to know with contemporary black and white photography in the digital age. Software and in-camera issues and tips that matter to everyone.
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Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Ilex Photo (July 11, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1781573360 ISBN-13: 978-1781573365 Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.
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I had to include this groovy stylish book by the unknown photographer Billy Monk. Monk’s rich and varied career included safecracker, smuggler and Woolworths model, and he also had a spell in prison. Monk was a bouncer at the notorious Catacombs nightclub in the rough dock area of Cape Town in the 1960s when he came up with a scam to photograph the eclectic mix of customers and sell them the images. What Monk produced is one of the finest and most honest documents of the nightclub scene. A table filled with half-full bottles of Coca-Cola, identically dressed bouffant-haired twins and a kissing couple sitting in the detritus of this grimy club interior are remarkably seductive. The images are cool, intimate and honest and have a raw beauty. Monk’s images were discovered years later but tragically Monk would never see his work exhibited. In 1982 he was fatally shot in the chest on the way to the gallery.
Relationship Portraits: Capture Emotion in Black & White Photography
Animals Grayscale Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book with 50 Beautiful Photos of Animals for Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Colorists
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The pages of Spasibo, which means ‘thank you’ in Russian, is for me filled with ghosts. Davide Monteleone has travelled widely though the Caucasus since 2001 and clearly has a real understanding and connection to the region. This monograph examines the history of violence between Chechen separatists and Moscow and the impact it’s had on the structure of Chechnya both physically and emotionally. But the gloomy post conflict images are mixed with more upbeat moments of a new Chechnya, family parties, smart cars and portraits of beautiful young women on their wedding day. It’s a perfectly produced book filled with haunting, bleak images of darkness but it also shows the strength and endurance of these remarkable people.
Digital Masters: B&W Printing: Creating the Digital Master Print (A Lark Photography Book)
I was having a coffee with the photo aficionado Sean O’Hagan and he suggested I rush to my computer and buy a copy of The Absence of Myth, a dinky self-published book by Tereza Zelenkova. Its arrival was a delight. This young photographer (an ex-MA student at the Royal College of Art) beautifully combines texts and pictures. Inspired in part by Georges Bataille’s writings on surrealism, The Absence of Myth, published in 1945, Zelenkova’s dark visual references, such as Sigmund Freud’s chair, are confusing and complex but also a pleasure to consume. I will take the next few months fathoming it out.
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I am so glad Michael Freeman released an updated version of this excellent, academic book filled with great examples. Strongly recommend for any serious BW photographer.
The Complete Guide to Black & White Digital Photography (A Lark Photography Book)
Considers every aspect of black and white photography. Useful for both film and digital.
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Clare Strand is an artist who often works with everyday objects to produce complex conceptual imagery. Her latest book of table skirts works for me as I find in the evocative portraits both the sad and the comical. The staged images bring to mind a coffin, a table setting for the Last Supper or a magician’s table. I wonder what’s hidden beneath the skirts. The table skirts are shot from the same position, lit as icons. I can’t pretend to understand the complexity of the works but there is a dark resonance to the series that I find compelling.
From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man (Voices That Matter)