Once considered the preserve of the specialist photographer, the art of black and white photography is now considered a sophisticated art form in its own right. More and more amateur photographers are being attracted to its graphic qualities and are taking black and white images in preference to colour. This revised edition of John Hedgecoe's bestselling book on black and white photography tackles the most common problems associated with the medium. The first chapter, Basic Principles, explains how to convert from colour into black and white, as well as the issues inherent in tonal range, texture, contrast, framing, movement and filters. Discover how to implement these techniques into your work using still life, portrait and landscape photography. Digital photography is now so commonplace that many photographers now use nothing else. This edition includes a fully updated section assessing the role of the digital darkroom, including darkroom setup and how to make the most of computer manipulation, converting images, spotting, retouching and cloning.
Readers will also find a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book, which explains at-a-glance many of the most commonly used terms in photography.
John Hedgecoe is the world's best-selling author of practical photography books. He has received a number of international awards for his contribution to photography. He established the Photographic Department at the Royal College of Art in London in 1965 and became Professor of Photography at the College in 1975, a post he held until 1994. He now devotes his time to taking photographs for his books and exhibitions. He lives in Norwich, UK..