Considers every aspect of black and white photography. Useful for both film and digital.
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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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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.
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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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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
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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.
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Subtlety of Tones“I love the subtlety of tones that black and white images can have. In a world that often boasts about how many millions of colors a TV or monitor is able to produce – I love that in ‘Mono’ there is such a variety of what can be achieved in a photo. Black and White sounds so boring – but the fact is that there are so many shades in between – I love the challenge of bringing them all out in an image!” – Jim
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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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Which do you prefer – Black and White or Color?What do you like about your preference? Have you experimented much with Black and White digital photography? Interested to hear your thoughts in comments below.
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Variety“I find the creative process with black and white images is so… artistic. It’s like molding clay – you can shape it into a myriad of shapes. Black and White images can be strong, high contrast and powerful – or they can be so soft, gentle and subtle.” – Belle
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Of course the black and white vs color debate is a very personal one. For every person I ask who loves shooting mono there are others who much prefer the vibrancy of color photography.
No Distractions“I find that colors can be terribly distracting in some images and can take the focus away from your subject. I do portrait work and find that taking the color out of an image lets the subject speak for themselves. Its raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest and it allows you to show the true person.” – Shane
As I said yesterday in the post announcing our Black and White Assignment it seems as though Black and White images are making something of a comeback of late as digital camera owners rediscover the beauty of mono images.
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If the big response to the assignment is anything to go by readers of this blog LOVE black and white photography too (I’ve used a few of the images submitted in the assignment on this post to whet your appetite).
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One of the questions I’m being asked about more and more lately is about Black and White Digital Photography.
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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
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