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Lakeland Mono

If you're a regular on ePHOTOzine you'll be well aware of the talented and informative photographer John Gravett. Well, John has recently released a new book through blurb demonstrating the vast number of mono landscapes he's taken in the Lake District and Cumbria. For those of you who don't know, John there's a short foreword giving you all the information you need to know about John and his photography. The book itself is a large, landscape format book that features 92 pages that are d...

Beyond Darkness and Light

A beautifully designed monograph surveying the works of the highly acclaimed contemporary photographer, Edgar Angelone. Angelone's photographs are soulful and evocative. Rather than being accurate descriptions of a place, his images capture the invisible lines which enclose space and encapsulate a time frame that signifies rhythm, harmony and structure. This book showcases fifty four black-and-white photographs. It is a perfect example of how an artist can use traditional photographic proces...

Vampires The Twilight World

This book by legendary infrared goth photographer Sir Simon Marsden works on two levels. One as a guide to the best haunted locations around the world, with scary stories told by the author about his visits to these places in search of his photography. And two as a great illustrated book of classic infrared photography that makes Simon so well loved. You soon become absorbed by the fascinating stories of journeys into the dark places. Not only from a guide to vampires perspective but also as a...

Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

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 ...

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: Create Stunning Images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop L

The book aims to show you how to successfully convert images to black and white in Photoshop and lightroom. The authors give advice on how you can maximise your workflow and show you every step of the black and white conversion process. The book is very detailed and the lessons on offer are very easy to understand and work through. Some really great images illustrate the book and the screen shots of particular features of Photoshop and Lightroom make the lessons even easier to grasp.

Black & White Photography in a Digital Age: Creative Camera, Darkroom and Printing Techniques for th

If you're looking for a lot of information on lots of different techniques then this book is perfect for you. The book covers plenty of ground but it doesn't cover each subject in much detail. One tutorial covers two pages which does make them easier to read. It also means there's plenty of images for you to have a look at. It's a very modern-thinking book which is written well and very easy to understand.

100 Ways to Take Better Black and White Photographs

This book is a reference guide that's easy to follow and full of insightful information about black and white photography. It covers a variety of subjects, from landscapes and still life, to portraits and abstracts. The advice is practical, straight forward and very easy to understand. Each tip is illustrated and no two images are the same making the book visually pleasing too. It's a good, simple guide for people who want to learn black and white photography.

Advanced Digital Black & White Photography

This book takes a detailed look at black and white photography and the processes involved with it. It explain things in great detail and conveys the work involved easily. It isn't over technical and where techniques are used they are written as step-by-step guides which are illustrated well. Once you know how to turn your images black and white the book even shows you how to create borders to make your work that bit more special! Plenty of images are used and these range from portraits to...

Black & White Photography 2

Another Terry Hope book. We've said complementary things about Terry before in other book reviews. To summarise, RotoVision did well scooping this top photo journalist who's written several of their books. His choice of pictures and captions will liven up any subject, and this one, covering the broader scope of all black & white, will make any photographer ditch colour and have a go at black & white. Repro is excellent so tones leap out from the pages and expert info gleaned from the 20 or so p...

Black & White Still Life

While I can appreciate black & white photography I'm not one of these people who will shoot nothing else, so a book on black & white still life didn't particularly make me want to look further, especially as the cover is dreadful! But inside is one of the most inspiring collection of images I've come across in one book with some fantastic explanations to the pictures that have been created. I've always liked the subtle work of John Blakemore and there are four or so examples in here, along with...