Black & White Photography - A Basic Manual (3rd Edition, Revised)
This manual is a basic guide to black-and-white photography, covering all the points taught in a typical introductory class. It starts at the beginning, assuming you know little or nothing about photography, and guides you through using your camera, developing film, and making and finishing prints.
Although there is much to learn, it's not all that difficult. Modern films and printing papers are easy to work with and today's cameras offer a considerable amount of automation, all of which make the job easier. Automation is not foolproof, however. A camera can't know exactly what the subject looks like and how you want to photograph it. Much can go wrong, even in the most automated cameras, for example, film that doesn't load properly, autofocus that's off the mark, or inaccurate meter readings. And, of course, there's always user error. The more you understand about how everything works, the fewer problems you will encounter along the way and the more control you'll be able to bring to the process, even when working with your camera on automatic mode.
To get the most from this book, you'll need a reasonably sophisticated camera, preferably one that works manually as well as automatically. Don't worry if you don't have a top-of-the-line model; you can make great pictures using very basic equipment. Photographic equipment varies somewhat in design and usage from one camera system to another, so keep your manufacturer's instructional manuals handy to supplement the information in this text for details specific to
To make the best use of the sections on developing film and making prints, you will need access to a darkroom. Both in the darkroom and when taking pictures, refer to your equipment as you read the instructions. It will make understanding the process much easier...
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