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

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

  • Focal Press

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3 comments

  1. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The depth of information is incredible, May 13, 2013
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    Jeff (Minnesota )

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    This review is from: Way Beyond Monochrome 2e: Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing (Hardcover)
    This is an incredibly detailed book. I was a bit taken aback when it came in the mail. When first paging through the book, I was blown away by the depth of content. Everything is covered in detail, from shutter speed testing to getting the best out of every exposure and every print.

    Since getting this book I have read a little over have and I have gained a wealth of knowledge. I am a photographer from the “digital age” and I love shooting photos with old cameras on film and printing in a darkroom. Since the world is now digital I have found it incredibly hard to find quality information on processing in a darkroom. I have talked to “old timers” locally, but I can’t get all the info I need from them and its not all in one source I can reference over and over again.

    This book gives me all the info I need to keep me busy in my darkroom learning for years to come. The content of the book is for the darkroom practitioner, however they do talk about hybrid processes, which I am also exited to try, as I have some color negatives I want to print in B&W.

  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent Technical book with a touch of the Machismo, July 17, 2017
    By 
    Graflex

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    This book is one of the best I’ve read on the technical side of film photography. The printing quality is excellent…high quality paper stock and sample images are nicely reproduced. Lots to read here, I would consider this a must have for any photographer interested in learning more about the analog side of photography, very well written. Just about every aspect of capturing and producing a traditional photograph is covered in this hefty volume. I can’t say I have found any substantive in regard to technical information I would like to see added to the text of this book, but there are a few images that could have been easily omitted. I’m not a prudish guy by any means, but some of the images are more than just a little odd. Photos of women in handcuffs etc. are really not something that I would expect in a book of this type. Perhaps I’ve missed the humor? If you can over look a touch of machismo and I can, this is an excellent book.
  3. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Must have book for experienced photographers, May 9, 2013
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    Graf von Foto (Menlo Park CA)

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    This review is from: Way Beyond Monochrome 2e: Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing (Hardcover)
    “Way Beyond Monochrome” is a very fitting title for this enormously valuable reference book for monochrome, wet-process photography. The blurb in Amazon’s description says it well:
    “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.”
    The magazine quoted (now called “Photo Technique,” singular) is a magazine for experienced photographers. “Way Beyond” is geared to people with experience in the medium, not a tutorial for people wanting to begin. That said, it can be of value to others who are willing to dig in and not be intimidated by the volume of material.

    The book indeed goes beyond the famous series by Ansel Adams, and the updated edition “The Ansel Adams Guide” by John Schaefer (books 1 and 2), and I know of no better single resource on the subject. The reader of this review is invited to read the table of contents to appreciate the extent of coverage. My bookshelf has about two dozen books on the subject, but if I could have only 2 books, they would be “Well Beyond” and the much more highly specialized book “Controls in Black and White Photography” by Richard Henry, which digs more deeply into real, scientific measurements to draw conclusions on materials, chemicals, and myths.

    Even though the book is geared for experienced photographer, there is much information that can be of valuable to others, such as the specifics of human vision and image processing within the eye and brain. Another is the choice of print density and its relation to the illumination used for display. Many experienced photographers could profit from these as well!

    Numerous hours have been spent reading various parts of the book, and the hours were profitable. Having so much information in one place with a good index is very valuable. By no means have I yet explored the entire book in detail, but the authors have done an excellent job in everything I have read.

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