Black & White Photography: The timeless art of monochrome in the post-digital age

Black & White Photography: The timeless art of monochrome in the post-digital age

by Michael Freeman

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Black & White Photography: The timeless art of monochrome in the post-digital age by Michael Freeman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781573365
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 546,012
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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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charlotl More than 1 year ago
If you’ve 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. Freeman’s 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 beginning—with 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 you’re never left with a dry, tasteless walk from Niepce’s 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, you’ll 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. You’ll learn the structure and characteristics of black-and-white films that serve as the basis for the “looks” 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 Freeman’s 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 it’s 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). You’ll 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 Freeman’s recommendations keep with the best of industry standards. Whether you’re 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. It’s 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.