The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition
Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Released: January 2012
Pages: 264

Over the last few years, most books on photography have been focused on the new breed of cameras and how to master the digital imaging workflow. In The Art of Black and White Photography author and photographer Torsten Andreas Hoffmann takes a different approach, focusing on image composition and image capture, with an emphasis on the creative aspects of black and white photography rather than on the digital workflow.

After introducing the ground rules of composition, Hoffmann illustrates their applications with his own stunning black and white images that cover various photographic genres, including architecture, street photography, portraiture, and surreal photography. Also discussed are the elements of a "photographic language"', which distinguishes creative photography from random shooting. Finally, you will learn valuable post-processing techniques, mostly using Photoshop, that emphasize the functions necessary for creating outstanding black and white images.

This second edition has been updated to include Photoshop CS5, as well as brand new images, content, and a revised layout.

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    Comments about oreilly The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition:

    When I opened this book and saw that there were 34 chapters I was wondering how long it would take to read the book. I discovered that I am using the book not only for leaning the art of black and white photography, but it is also a reference book that I return to further my B & W experience.

    This is not a book that you read cover to cover. The first section, "Tools and Fundamentals" is required reading. In section 2 there are many chapters discussing "Genres and Concepts". After reading the 4th and 5th chapters I jumped to reading about Landscape Photography. It was what I was interested at the time. Then I moved on the 3rd section "Rules of Composition" and read the next 7 chapters.

    I found each chapter to be easy to understand with many examples showing me a visual of what was being discussed in each chapter. I was able to take what I read about and apply it to my photography.

    I am keeping this book out so I can refer to it to check on my black and white photography, but also to read the chapters that bring new elements to the art of black and white photography. I may never apply all of the techniques discussed in this book, but I know if I want to try out something new that this book will provide the foundation I am looking for.

    I did receive this book from O'Reilly and was asked to provide a review. If you are interested in taking your black and white photography to the next level this book will be one that you will be glad is in your collection.

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