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Jun 27, 2018 13:08:44   #
rdgreenwood
 
What is your favorite book on B&W digital photography? Why is it your favorite?

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Jun 27, 2018 13:13:54   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
I don't really have a favorite, per se, on digital black and white photography. I have several favorites on photography, featuring black and white. I've learned from them, and over time and with my association with some UHH members, applied what I knew to digital. It simply took looking at technique from a different perspective.
--Bob
rdgreenwood wrote:
What is your favorite book on B&W digital photography? Why is it your favorite?

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Jun 27, 2018 13:52:02   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
rdgreenwood wrote:
What is your favorite book on B&W digital photography? Why is it your favorite?


What titles are catching your eye, rdgreenwood? Amazon lists many photography books featuring b&w images.
Is there a particular subject or genre that you’d like to try shooting in b&w?

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Jun 27, 2018 14:47:01   #
rdgreenwood
 
rjaywallace wrote:
What titles are catching your eye, rdgreenwood? Amazon lists many photography books featuring b&w images.
Is there a particular subject or genre that you’d like to try shooting in b&w?

Oh, goodness! I teach photography and have been shooting b&w since 1968. I posted this question because a student asked me the question. I wasn’t looking for jibber-jabber; it’s a really simple question: What book on digital, b&w photography do you recommend?

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Jun 27, 2018 16:16:31   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
Never been much for jibber-jabber (or jabberwocky for that matter). Here’s two that come quickly to mind:

https://www.amazon.com/Black-White-Photography-monochrome-post-digital/dp/1781573360

https://www.amazon.com/Photographers-Black-White-Handbook-Processing/dp/1580934781

Your student is being misled, however, if he believes that digital b&w photography is materially different in technique from film b&w photography. I’ve done both and the basic concepts are essentially the same.

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Jun 27, 2018 16:20:27   #
rdgreenwood
 
rjaywallace wrote:
Thank you very much.

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Jun 27, 2018 21:14:26   #
Stardust
 
Linked article and their camera manual.

The jibber-jabber: If your students fully understand this they can spend their lifetime photographing their own "books".

https://photographylife.com/what-is-exposure-triangle

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Jun 27, 2018 21:38:07   #
AndyH (a regular here)
 
Ansel Adams’s original five volume set. The Camera, The Negative, The Primt, Natural Light, Artificial Light. Film based, but still the best, and easily adapted to digital.

Andy

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Jun 28, 2018 06:02:09   #
frjack (a regular here)
 
Any books of the photography of Fr. Frank Browne, SJ, (1880-1960) the Jesuit priest who took the only photos of the Titanic while it was at sailing. Browne's uncle Robert, the Bishop of Coyne who raised him and his brother after their father's death (and purchased young Frank his first camera), bought him passage on the Titanic's voyage from Southampton, England to Queenstown, Ireland via Cherbourg, France. He took multiple photos onboard, including the radio room, the gym, and many of the passengers. He disembarked at Queenstown under orders from his provincial superior despite a couple offering to pay his passage to the U.S. He released his photos after the sinking. Any photos in the media taken aboard ship while it was sailing were taken by Fr. Browne. He continued to photograph mostly in Ireland, for the rest of his life.

After his death a trunk containing approximately 20,000 acetate negatives was discovered by a Jesuit historian. Apparently all were labeled and dated. They were preserved in digital format. Over twenty volumes of his work have been released thus far. He is considered one of the premier chroniclers of life in Ireland and Dublin of the early twentieth century.

The superb photos demonstrate an eye for composition as well as narrative. They are worthy of study before going out to shoot black and white.

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Jun 28, 2018 06:12:08   #
traderjohn
 
rdgreenwood wrote:
Oh, goodness! I teach photography and have been shooting b&w since 1968. I posted this question because a student asked me the question. I wasn’t looking for jibber-jabber; it’s a really simple question: What book on digital, b&w photography do you recommend?


Great answer. Can the BS please answer my question.

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Jun 28, 2018 06:29:42   #
lamiaceae (a regular here)
 
rdgreenwood wrote:
What is your favorite book on B&W digital photography? Why is it your favorite?


No comment on the Digital point as I'd give the same answer for B&W Photography anything, Ansel Adams' "The Negative" followed by "The Print", and for that matter, the entire two complete Series of Books by Ansel Adams. There are a number of good books that will help you translate Adams' film concepts into digital. But the bottom line is seeing Light in B&W in your mind. I did that so long I can still visualize a B&W image for digital B&W conversion.

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Jun 28, 2018 06:35:06   #
lamiaceae (a regular here)
 
rdgreenwood wrote:
Oh, goodness! I teach photography and have been shooting b&w since 1968. I posted this question because a student asked me the question. I wasn’t looking for jibber-jabber; it’s a really simple question: What book on digital, b&w photography do you recommend?


You might have to ask a younger person who has recently discovered a book to help teach them self. Us old geezers learned this stuff like you did back in the Sixties and Seventies. Much of it is obvious to us once we understood digital photography.

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Jun 28, 2018 07:54:53   #
LensWork
 
AndyH wrote:
Ansel Adams’s original five volume set. The Camera, The Negative, The Primt, Natural Light, Artificial Light. Film based, but still the best, and easily adapted to digital.

Andy


I heartily agree!

👍🏻

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Jun 28, 2018 07:58:26   #
Nikon1201
 
A lot of info on YouTube

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Jun 28, 2018 08:14:29   #
aschweik (a regular here)
 
Recently I picked up a copy of "Working in Black & White" by David Prakel. I'm fairly new to any black and white process and this book has been very informative. It is easy to understand, the author backs up his information with example photos, and the book is organized and laid out well. I haven't read other B&W books, so I don't have anything to compare it to. But this book is helping me at the moment.


https://www.amazon.com/Basics-Photography-06-Working-Black/dp/294037385X/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

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