Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
A 238 page paperback guide to black & white photography written by pro photographer Harold Davis.
Judging by the cover I was expecting to see some brilliant photography used to illustrate the book, but sadly it's a bit uninspiring in parts. There's a mix of brilliant to average, but image choice, of course, can be subjective and as long as we learn the technique it's not too important.
The book covers important stuff like composition, shape, form, contrast and moves on to the digital age with lots of screen shots and illustrations showing you how to edit for black & white.
I was surprised in the early stages of "seeing in black & white" that there was no mention of mono view filters or using the squint technique to increase contrast. I was also disappointed with a shallow IR section with no mention of using IR filters. In fact the basics of black & white are quite rushed so the author can get to the digital area. Thankfully here there's plenty of advice here from processing RAW to shooting HDR, there's even guides to recreating darkroom processes such as solarisation and camera technique such as pinhole photography.
Overall a book that has good promise, it just needs a bit more thought in the flow and choice of images used.