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In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes before the Digital Age

This handy sized (24x16cm) paperback has 96 pages and covers all the processes used since 1839. Each process is split into alphabetical order and colour coded with a time line to show how the world of photography evolved. The idea of the book is to help you understand the process in how it worked, who used it and examples of the images they created using it. So each one has a bullet pointed date of use, type, inventor and variant names. You then have a detailed but easy to understand explan...

The Master Printer's Professional Guide to b+w darkroom techniques

Widely acknowledged as a master of the darkroom, Steve Macleod takes us through a superb visual journey of black and white. I've seen many technique books over the years, but non to match the sheer quality and advice provided by this. The chapters take you logically through the darkroom set up, to choosing the right film, exposure, processing chemicals and paper and then into the nitty gritty of how to print well, using pre/post flashing, dodging and burning, toning, lith papers, printing border...

Hand Colouring and Alternative Processes

With the advent of digital imaging fewer photographers are venturing into the darkroom, but those who are, are experimenting more. This book will suit you down to the ground. As the title suggests, it covers the techniques of colouring photographs and using alternative processes. The author takes you through the process of choosing a suitable hand colouring material looking at dyes, pencils and oils, and in each case explains the benefits of each and shows how to apply. There are tips to help yo...

Advanced Processing and Printing

If you have a darkroom and prefer black & white this book should be on your shelf. Its written by one of Britains finest printers who has twice won the Ilford Printer of the Year award. The first section briefly touches on the types of film, developers and papers and moves through to evaluating your print and how to read a contact sheet. The book then opens out into printing techniques and ends on toning. There are some fantastic images throughout the book, but I did feel cheated with the gall...