Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots
- By John Batdorff
- Published Jul 20, 2011 by Peachpit Press. Part of the From Snapshots to Great Shots series.
- Copyright 2012
- Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 240
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-77457-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77457-6
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Product Author Bios
John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is the author of Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and a coauthor of Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots. His black and white images have been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He also leads workshops and mentors other aspiring photographers. John loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at batdorffphotograpy.com.
Now that you’ve bought that amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to capture stunning images. For digital photographers interested in black and white, this guide will help beginning- and intermediate-level shooters conquer the fundamentals and take amazing shots.
Pro photographer John Batdorff starts with the basics, including composition, light, contrast, exposure, and when to choose black and white. He covers all the key camera features (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) that affect your image, including the shutter speed’s ability to freeze and convey motion, and the aperture’s direct correlation with depth of field.
Once you’ve captured those great shots, John takes you step by step through the color conversion process to black and white in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom using simple presets. He also covers the enhancements and features that can be added using Nik Silver Efex Pro software–from presets to control points using U-Point Technology.
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide and you will:
- Learn to see in black and white by understanding contrast, texture, and lighting
- Understand all the best tricks and techniques for getting great black and white action shots, landscapes, and portraits
- Create your own digital workflow by understanding the basics of post processing in Lightroom, then go beyond the basics with Nik Silver Efex Pro
- Share your images and learn tips on printing and presenting your work online
And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great black and white shots at flickr.com/groups/blackandwhite fromsnapshotstogreatshots.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read, practical,
This review is from: Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Paperback)I typically do not write reviews for items I purchase. However, after reading through this book I felt compelled to do so. Black & White | from snapshots to great shots is simply one of the most applicable books I have read pertaining to photography. John does a marvelous job of explaining some real key points of B&W photography, in a very simple way so that it is easily understood and can be easily applied. What I found particularly helpful, is the fact that the book is not only about "in camera" captures. It covers post process, sharing and a little marketing as well. All of this is extremely helpful to someone like myself, who is new to photography, and really looking to gain exposure. Ha ha, no pun intended... (okay, maybe a little) I would highly recommend this book to all photographers whose niche is B&W photography as well as those looking to gain some ideas on expanding their creativity.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Get up and running with digital B&W,
This review is from: Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Paperback)An outstanding book! For anyone that is trying to get started in black and white photography or is just looking to improve their skills and learn something new, this is a great place to look. John, in his very readable writing style, takes you from the very basics, like what type of equipment you need, through all the details of "getting the shot", and finally through post processing, printing and sharing using Lightroom and Nik's Silver Efex Pro.
-The scope of the topics covered. This book literally takes you from what to look for when purchasing gear all the way through to making prints.
-Each topic is covered in a very understandable, concise manner.
-The "Poring over the picture" sections are great. They give you insight into the more important aspects of the image; what the photographer was thinking when the shot was taken, why he chose the gear he used, etc.
-The author. You would be hard pressed to find... Read more
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Lots of good info,
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This review is from: Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Paperback)This is a good book for shooting and processing black & white digital images. John goes through the whole process an explains it pretty clearly. This book is fore those using Lightroom and possibly Nik Silver Efex. I don't have the Nik software yet but will use this book as a reference. I have already applied some of the tips he suggests in Lightroom and like the results.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Equipment: Starting with a Strong Foundation
Chapter 2: Composition and Light: Visualizing Your Masterpiece
Chapter 3: Exposure: Capturing a Great Image
Chapter 4: Post Processing: Realizing Your Vision with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Chapter 5: Black and White Effects: Defining Your Style Using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro and Other Plug ins
Chapter 6: Print, Post, and Share: Showcasing Your Final Images
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