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Creative Black and White Photography

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    Les McLean(Author)

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Creative Black & White Photography takes you step by step through the thought processes and technical procedures involved in producing a high-quality print. Les McLean starts by explaining the technicalities of black-and-white photography - and, more importantly, how to overcome the technical limitations of cameras and film. Metering systems, film acutance and grain, simple tests and tricks of the trade that will allow you to achieve the image you want: all are explained simply and clearly, and backed up by specially commissioned photographs. Visualization comes next: the best black-and-white prints are those in which the photographer has thought from the outset about the effect that he or she wants to create and about how to achieve that effect in the darkroom. Renowned both as a photographer and as a fine photographic printer, Les McLean is uniquely qualified to emphasize the importance of this link. Chapters 3 and 4 cover developing and printing processes - again with the emphasis being on understanding your materials so that you can select the film, developer and paper combinations that will match your photographic vision. In Chapter 5, Case Studies, McLean looks at some of his all-time favourite photographs and explains from start to finish how he created them - the mood and effect that he wanted, the technicalities of taking the shots, and how each image was printed and manipulated in the darkroom. Finally a chapter on digital black and white, explaining how to combine silver halide and digital to best effect and the pros and cons of digital printing, brings the subject right up to date.

An inspiring and detailed book for creative types -- Professional Photography, December 2002

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Book details

  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Les McLean(Author)
  • David & Charles; New edition edition (1 Oct. 2002)
  • English
  • 4
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Guest on 16 March 2017

    great book

  • By Guest on 16 December 2002

    Les McLean has produced a wonderful book to inspire darkroom and lightroom black and white printers of every ability. He is a great photographer and master printer who is happy to share the secrets of his trade with the rest of us.McLean is an ex Geordie miner and rock and roll player who has spent 30 years honing his skill becoming one of the foremost black and white printers. He learnt his art by his own trial and error. He now teaches in England and the United States and has, at last, been persuaded to write his first book. He debunks many of the esoteric theories and concentrates instead on the essential practical techniques needed to make expressive prints.This book was revelatory. Its central theme is to learn to adapt our seeing by pre-visualising how our photographic tools see and record what we chose to photograph. He first demonstrates how to produce an expressive negative and then leads us to techniques to turn it into a fine print.Although most of the book deals with traditional methods, Les recognises that the two techniques can work together to take our image making into new directions. He shows how simple it is to use and configure Photoshop to produce digital negatives and apply darkroom techniques to produce sensational images.This is certainly the best black and white book I have read. It has blown away the cobwebs, witchcraft and confusion of other manuals. I eagerly await his next book.

  • By Dr Ricardo Davidson on 20 September 2012

    This is a book describing a personal approach to monochrome photography, however it is full of very useful technical information. A very worthwhile purchase.

  • By Dummyrun on 30 September 2013

    This book is my single best how to guide to printing photos the traditional way. Its thorough but not fussy, without the frills associated with books like Thornton's Elements.I first read some of Les Mclean's guidance on his website, with an explanation of how split grade printing works, which was very clearly described, so I decided to take the plunge on this, at the bargain price of less than a roll of film.You owe it to yourself to purchase a copy of this, if you want to expose, develop and print your own negatives.

  • By S.J.Houlton on 20 February 2014

    a really readable yes structured and detailed guide which works through all the processes involved in black and white photograhy a great read and thoroughly recommended.

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