1st Edition

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

By Ralph Lambrecht, Chris Woodhouse Copyright 2011
    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    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




    Ralph Lambrecht: From Germany and educated in the US, Ralph is a B&W fine art Photographer. His work has been displayed anywhere from private galleries to the London Salon of Photography. He has written for Camera & Darkroom, Black & White Photography, View Camera Magazine, Way Beyond Monochrome 1e, and he is an active community member of apug.org (Analog Photography Users Group) photo.net and Fotocommunity. From the UK, Chris has been a member of the Royal Photographic Society for over 25 years and he has invented and patented photographic equipment that sell worldwide. He specializes in landscape, infrared, portraiture, still life, and architecture-mostly in monochrome. Chris has spent a lot of time perfecting the use of digital and traditional technologies harmoniously and he has authored numerous articles on advanced printing techniques for Camera & Darkroom, Ag+ and Photo Techniques.