Focusing on black and white photos, this book looks at both the camera and techniques needed to capture good images, as well as the digital processing that can be applied. As the digital camera market is saturated with all-in-one-book titles, the market is large enough and ready for books that concentrate on specific areas of photography. Black and white is the first area aspirant photographers express an interest in. With so many enthusiasts, this book will fill a niche in this growing market. Black and white is regarded as a significant photographic skill, even an art, so it merits a completed book dedicated to the unique skill requirements. Spanning the topic from capturing photos through to the latest information on digital printing and DVD burning, this book provides amateurs with a solid foundation. The digital focus of this book is comprehensive, including both recreation of traditional effects and all-new digital techniques. It approaches black and white photography from a practical, tutorial view, not just an artistic view, so that readers benefit from an understanding of all perspectives-an important factor in the competitive arena of digital photography.
Since discovering photography as a simple escape from IT consultantcy, John Beardsworth has devoted more than a decade of his life to developing his photography skills. He has spent that time making his darkroom redundant by adopting the new digital workflow, yet has kept his eye on the style and texture of black and white. His work includes tackling human expression in its rawest form, weddings, and many beautiful landscapes from across the globe. John currently resides in London, England.
Part 1: Your Digital Camera 1. Camera and Image Resolution 2. The Camera and Its Controls 3. The Lens 4. Focusing 5. Getting the Right Exposure 6. Low Light 7. Onboard Camera Effects 8. Using Flash Part 2: How to Shoot Great Black-and-White Photos 9. Learning to "See" in Black and White 10. An Eye for Composition 11. Graphical Building Blocks 12. Pattern and Symmetry 13. Viewpoint and Perspective 14. Framing 15. Isolating Details 16. The Quality of Light 17. Light, Shape, and Form 18. Light, Tone, and Contrast 19. High Key 20. Low Key 21. Light and Texture 22. Shadows 23. Contre Jour and Silhouettes 24. Using Lens Filters 25. Shooting for Postproduction Part 3: Digital Imaging Techniques 26. Image-Editing Software 27. Scanning 28. Retouching Dust and Scratch Marks 29. Converting Color Shots to Black and White 30. Correcting Over and Underexposure 31. Dodging and Burning 32. Optimizing Tonal Range 33. Darkening Skies 34. Soft-Focus Effects 35. Retouching Portraits 36. Removing Unwanted Picture Elements 37. Changing Backgrounds Part 4: Simulating Classic Darkroom Effects 38. Grain Effects 39. Lith Film Effects 40. Sepia-Toned Prints 41. Duotones 42. Hand-Coloring Black-and-White Images 43. Sabattier and Solarization Effects 44. Simulating Infrared Film 45. Reticulation and Other Texture Effects 46. Bas Relief and Emboss Effects 47. Vignettes and Borders Part 5: Showing and Sharing Your Pictures 48. Perfect Prints 49. Special Black/Grayscale Inks 50. Art Papers 51. Digital Photo Albums 52. Digital Photo Essay 53. Slideshows on CD-ROM 54. Multimedia DVDs 55. Putting Pictures on the Web