Elements of Black and White Printing: 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Elements of Black and White Printing

2nd Edition

By Carson Graves


214 pages

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Paperback: 9780240803128
pub: 2001-01-15
Hardback: 9781138143692
pub: 2016-03-31

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Whether you are a novice or an expert in the darkroom, the second edition of The Elements of Black-and-White Printing will give you the tools necessary to control your print making. You will learn the proper techniques for exposing a print, how to choose the correct paper contrast, and ways to find the best combination of paper and developer for your images. In addition to explaining the procedures, this unique book contains exercises that help you calibrate these procedures with your own equipment with the materials you prefer. Photographers will find this book an essential resource in the darkroom.

Elements of Black-and-White Printing will help you learn how to choose the right exposure and contrast for your negative; select papers, developers, and toners that complement each other; print negatives with extreme contrast ranges; salvage seemingly hopeless negatives and prints; print, develop, and store negatives and prints for maximun life; display your photographs in a way that enhances their message; properly align your enlarger; and more.


this book fills a gap between beginning and advanced photo texts. It is more specific in creating prints using specific chemistry & toners. Display & preservation are also needed topics.

The appendix is very helpful and should be expanded.

Nicely improved. I have used the first edition previously and found it to greatly improve student understanding and output.

"This book contains a great deal of valuable information that I have not found in other textbooks." - Victor chalfant, NW Arkansas Comm. College

"Very well done with wonderful testing ideas."

Table of Contents

Reviewing Darkroom Fundamentals * Exposing for the Highlights * Changing Contrast for the Shadows * Photographic Chemistry: Creating a Developer * Choosing a Paper and a Developer * Special Contrast Solutions * Salvage Techniques * Toning * Archival Processing * Preservation and Presentation * Appendix A Enlarger Alignment * Appendix B Developer Formulas * Appendix C Miscellaneous Formulas * Appendix D Supplies * Appendix E Books

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)


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