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Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop by Vincent Versace

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The Soul of Art Photography

For me, the black-and-white image has always been the core, the essence, and the soul of photography. It’s almost as if there is more honesty in a black-and-white print than there is in a color one. In a color print, you’re never sure if the color you see is the color the photographer saw. Black-and-white reveals the truth of subtle shade and tonal shifts. It has a simplicity, elegance, and beauty that defy description.

The magic in watching a black-and-white image appear in the developer tray, along with the smell of stop bath and fixer, is what sparked my desire to be a photographer. My formal education in photography was in large-format black-and-white nature photography. Before 1998, the year I went totally digital, ...

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