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Black & White Photography: The timeless art of monochrome in the post-digital age (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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 classic photography of renowned black and white photographers such as Ansel Adams, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, Edward Curtis, Brett Weston and Edward Weston.
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 colour to monochrome and develop a black and white digital workflow using the latest software.
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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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