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The Art of Black and White Photography

Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow

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In The Art of Black and White Photography author and photographer Torsten Andreas Hoffmann focuses on image composition and image capture, with an emphasis on the creative aspects of black and white photography.

After introducing the ground rules of composition, Hoffmann illustrates their applications with his own stunning black and white images that cover a number of 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 Adobe 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.


On Mar 30 Richard Hamilton wrote: A good book for those transitioning from film to digital
When I first started shooting in the 1970s, I used black and white film and did most of the developing myself. I have always loved black and white photography and was really looking forward to reading The Art of Black and White Photography. However, it appears that the book is primarily meant to “facilitate both amateurs and professionals as they transition from analog to digital…[while helping] you become familiar with digital photography and focus again on the image in the digital age”. Full Review  >

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On Feb 27 Kiatikun Luangkesorn wrote:
Hoffmann hits the 'rules' like everyone else (there is a chapter on the Golden ratio that has many pictures with many drawn lines illustrating various applications of the Golden ratio), but what makes this book different are the discussions that lead you through how to view the scene and compose to make a distinctive photograph. Full Review  >

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