The very nature of black and white photography places a premium on creative interpretation of the image. Advances in digital technology have expanded both the precision of imaging techniques and the interpretive possibilities for black and white imagery. Never before has such a wide array of tools been available to photographers who have a passion for black and white. Mastering Digital Black and White is written for these photographers. It serves not only as a comprehensive guide for creating black and white images and prints, but also examines the role of artistic craft in the imaging process. Learn how to employ your digital tools as extensions of your photographic vision. Read in-depth interviews with, and view images from, five accomplished photographers as they discuss their process and inspirations. Prepare to indulge your passion for gallery-quality black-and-white images in the digital darkroom. Additional supporting content for this book and a discussion forum for photographers and printmakers with a passion for black and white can be accessed at: www.masteringdigitalbwbook.com
A Misleading Title
By K. Tanaka - May 22, 2007
Warning: This book is NOT for you if your primary interest is truly that of "mastering" digital black and white photography and printing.
Any time a book title includes the words "mastering" or "ultimate" my smell-o-rama sensor automatically activates. Such sweeping and arrogant suggestions are always over-cooked. "Mastering Digital Black and White" is no exception.
The book is nicely printed and features very good color illustrations, making many of Diallo's image processing points easy to follow. The overall design is easy on the eyes but has that independently-produced look due mainly to the lack of margins throughout the book.
I estimate that roughly only 15%-20% of the book's 357 content pages have any direct bearing on the title subject of "black and white", with many of these pages buried like Easter eggs inside broader topics. Like nearly all of the dozens of kindred books on digital printing and digital photography most of this book's... read more
By Stephen Best - June 10, 2007
If you've managed to get some decent looking B&W prints from your current model inkjet using the relevant inbuilt driver settings and looking to move your output quality up a notch, this book sadly won't help you. Though there's some mention of Quadtone RIP and StudioPrint for linearization (plus alternative third-party inksets) the detail isn't there to show you why and how to get the most from them. In fact, the whole area of selection of media settings for optimal Dmax and tonal separation is absent. What's left is a rudimentary workflow that most anybody using Photoshop for their own output would already know. For someone just starting out, this could be an ideal book to paint the big picture though.
A few bloopers: On perceptual rendering: "When an image contains even a single color outside of the printer's gamut, all the color values in the image are shifted - by the same amount - until the out-of-gamut color is placed inside the printer's range of output" (page 85)... read more
Not at all just for Digital Black and White
By David Hoelscher - June 14, 2007
I bought this book because I was interested in better digital black and white workflows. The interesting thing, however, is that all of the book's excellent and clear topics are applicable to the color digital workflow as well.
Well written; easy to understand; and quite comprehensive especially when dealing with arcane issues that I've never seen dealt with in print before such as L* monitor gamma calibration.
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