Way Beyond Monochrome 2e : Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing book cover
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Way Beyond Monochrome 2e
Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing

ISBN 9781138297371
Published September 5, 2017 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

Photo Techniques Magazine stated: "All our readers need to know about this very useful book." Indeed, there is no other compendium that is as in-depth as this for the beauty and magic of fine-art black-and-white photography. With 560 pages and over 1,000 illustrations, Way Beyond Monochrome starts with conceptual lessons of composition and takes you through image capture, exposure, controlling tonality, variable-contrast paper, archival printing, mounting, framing and presentation with simple concepts to an advanced level. This new edition has been completely revised and heavily expanded, adding over 250 pages to the original edition with new chapters on print mounting, spotting, framing, digital negatives, utilizing digital technologies for alternative processes, and fabulous do-it-yourself projects. Overall, the authors have created a thoroughly researched, technologically sound yet aesthetically pleasing, inspirational bible for monochrome photography.

New to this edition:

  • almost double the content
  • a new section discussing the path from visualization to print, illustrating the interaction between eye and brain, explaining the rules of composition and when to break them to produce photographs with impact
  • a new section on presentation including hands-on mounting, matting, spotting, and framing
  • image capture has a more in-depth focus, now covering pinhole photography and digital capture
  • now includes making and printing with digital negatives
  • a new section discussing the pros and cons of typical image-taking and image-making equipment
  • plus new do-it-yourself projects, including many darkroom tools and an electronic shutter tester
  • a useful collection of templates, to copy, cut-out and take with you in your camera bag or use in the darkroom
  • an appendix with all the recipes to make your own darkroom chemicals from scratch
  • all illustrations improved and updated
  • improved index with 1,400 references

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Basics

From Visualization to Print

Eye and Brain

Pictorial Maturity

Photographic Quality

Fundamental Print Control

Timing Print Exposures

Paper and Print Contrast

Basics of Photographic Printing

Archival Print Processing

Presentation is Everything

Mounting and Matting Prints

Print Spotting

Framing and Displaying Prints

What Size is the Edition?

Part 2 The Science

Tone Reproduction

Introduction to the Zone System

Introduction to Sensitometry

Tone Reproduction

Image Gradation

Image Capture

Imaging Paths

Sharpness and Depth of Field

Critical Focusing

Pinhole Photography

Basics of Digital Capture

Digital Capture Alternatives

Negative Control

Introduction to Exposure

Development and Film Processing

Advanced Development

Creating a Standard

Customizing Film Speed and Development

Influence of Exposure and Development

Exposure Latitude


Applied Zone Systems

C41 Zone System

Quality Control

Unsharp Masking

Masking for Complete Control

Digital Negatives for Contact Printing

The Copy-Print Process

Advanced Print Control

Fine-Tuning Print Exposure & Contrast

Measuring Paper Contrast

Contrast Control with Color Enlargers

Exposure Compensation for Contrast Change

Basic Split-Grade Printing

Advanced Split-Grade Printing

Print Flashing

Paper Reciprocity Failure

Miscellaneous Material Characteristics

Factorial Development

Print Bleaching

Print Dry-Down

On Assignment

Above Malham Cove

Cedar Falls

Clapham Bridge


Portrait Studio Lighting

Ingatestone Hall



Light-Painted Flowers


Alternative Processes


Parnham Doorway

Large-Format Nudes

Rape Field

St. Mary's of Buttsbury


Summer Storm

Toothpaste Factory

Part 3 Odds and Ends

Equipment and Facilities

Image-Taking Equipment

Darkroom Design

How Safe is Your Safelight?

Enlarger Light Sources

Sharpness in the Darkroom

Other Darkroom Equipment

Tool, Tips and Tricks

Identification System for Film Holders

Hhow to Build andUse the Zone Ruler

How to Build and Use a Zone Dial

Make Your Own Shutter Tester

Make Your Own Test Strip Printer

Make Your Own Burning Card

Exposure, Development and Printing Records

Making Prints from Paper Negatives


Technical Fundamentals

Make Your Own Transfer Function

Basic Chemical Recipes

Tables and Templates



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