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One of my most popular e-books. I founded and edited The Black and White Enthusiast magazine when I represented Creative Monochrome, the UK publisher of many books on black and white photography, in Australia. My panel of photographs that qualified me for my Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) was in black and white. And, today I still love black and white photographs.
To buy, go to my ‘Home’ page tab above and click on ‘To see my e-books on photography available for tablet readers, including Kindle, and for reading on your computer’. Then click on ‘Black and White Photography in the Digital Age’.

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Of the 24 e-books on photography that I have published,

(To see my e-books on photography available for tablet readers, including Kindle, and for reading on your computer Click here)

)this is the best seller. It shows how to make black and white pictures in the digital age including how to convert colour images to black and white using Photoshop, how to use Photoshop’s duotone, my steps in processing a black and white image, and how to simulate processes such as split toning, sepia toning, lith printing, and selenium toning.

As someone who spent many happy years watching images appear in dishes of developer by the glow of the red darkroom safelight, I still have a hankering in this digital age for black and white photography. And it is somewhat incongruous that the digital camera has actually made it easier to produce black and white images than it was in film days. Then if I wanted to capture both colour and black and white, I needed to have two cameras with me with one loaded with black and white film and the other with colour. And, if the light deteriorated during a shoot, I had either to give up or load a faster film if I had one with me.

Now, I just use one camera and shoot in RAW format in colour and vary the ISO according to the light level for each shot. Why RAW? Simply because I end up with as much material available to me as my sensor can handle without the camera making decisions about what should be kept and what thrown away. That job should be mine and mine alone. Once I have the pictures on my computer, I can then decide how I want them to appear and process them accordingly.

This book is dedicated to showing how first class black and white images can be produced from the colour pictures you have captured on your digital camera.

If you have problems, please use the form under the tab ‘Contact’ to contact me by e-mail.

Price: $US1.99

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Also available in paperback from your Amazon store.

Black and White Photography in the Digital Age is also now available as a pdf book in a landscape format.

Order your copy below. You do not have to have a PayPal account to do so.

The e-book will be sent to you electronically once your payment has been confirmed. You will receive an e-mail from High Tail with details of how to access the file. You will need the Acrobat Reader (available free from https://get.adobe.com/reader/) to read this e-book.

Black and White Photography in the Digital Age — a PDF Book

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This picture of my daughter was a casual portrait as she leant on our bed one morning. I can’t remember what it was that she wanted but I was so taken by the naturalness of the pose that I grabbed my camera and captured it.

The soft light was from the windows on the other side of the room with some reflection from the light bedspread she was leaning on. You can see the catch-light from the window in her eyes.

It is one of my favourite pictures of her as a little girl and it would have been almost impossible to duplicate the expression in a studio lit shot.

This is a picture and the commentary that goes with it from a page in my new e-book Introduction to Natural Light Photographic Portraiture Indoors and Out to be published on 5 February. Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/785760 to see details.

My latest photographic e-book is to be published on 5 February. Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/785760 to get details.

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My latest e-book just published at Smashwords.

A hankering after being able to create landscape panoramas but without the necessary panoramic camera led me to begin by cropping my medium format transparencies then, when I moved from film to digital, to using Photoshop to stitch a series of images together. In this book I describe the use of both Photoshop and Lightroom.

It is available at http://tinyurl.com/ofbqeeg and is priced at
$US1-99. It is formatted for most tablet readers, including Kindle, and also for reading on your computer.

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Available from your Amazon store and shortly at several retailers.

To see all my e-books, please go to Smashwords at http://tinyurl.com/ofbqeeg or any Amazon store (in Australia http://tinyurl.com/zbszqbt).

If buying through Smashwords, note that you can use the coupon code of MC65U to save $2 on the price until 15th March. The Amazon price includes the discount until 15th March.

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Colour film did not kill black and white photography nor has digital. We may live in a colourful world but many of the great images that grace walls both small and large are those devoid of colour. And, among the photographer fraternity there is still a large number of Black and White Enthusiasts. Some of those continue to shoot on film but there are many who are happy to have embraced the new technology and use it to produce their stunning black and white images. In my case, I am not concerned at how the image has been captured or even whether the print was made in the traditional darkroom or on a digital printer. To me, it is the final result that matters and my new e-book, The Black and White Enthusiast, is intended to show how, after many experiments, I have chosen to produce my prints in this digital age. My way is not the only way but it is one that works for me and, maybe, it will work for you.

You can see details about The Black and White Enthusiast and buy it for most tablet readers at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468174

The Black and White Enthusiast is also available in PDF format from my website at http://www.bigwoodpublishing.com/shop/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=321

When I started making images of birds they were either on the ground or perched in a tree or on a man-made structure. Which was all very well but birds are meant to fly — most of them anyway.

So, I began to point my lens towards the sky to try to capture birds in their element. The result? Some great pictures of blue sky and occasionally clouds. Of birds there was the occasional wing or tail tip but no whole bird. This was not going to be easy.

As Guy Edwardes, an expert nature photographer says in his book, 100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs (David and Charles ISBN 978-0-7153-3149-1), “One of the most challenging techniques to master in wildlife photography is photographing birds in flight”.

As I found out! Not only is there the problem of keeping the bird in the frame but it has to be kept in focus and with fast flying birds that is quite a problem. I soon gave up on trying to capture a flying swallow — they are just too fast and change direction too quickly and too often. Many of my blue sky pictures were meant to be a flying swallow!

If you want to capture birds on the wing, my e-book which details my learning curve may help you achieve your ambition. (Note: if you have my e-book Starting Nature Photography don’t buy this one as the details in it are already included in the book you have) If you don’t have the Nature e-book then either buy it or the one pictured here!

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You can get it from Smashwords for most tablet readers here

or from Amazon for Kindle readers here

or as a PDF from my website here

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Even in the digital age with no film and processing costs, photography is not cheap. When you take into account the camera, lenses, computers, software, printers, paper, inks and all the upgrades that seem to occur regularly to tempt you to spend more money to get the latest super outfit which will be superseded within months, it appears that it gulps money.

So, how can you recoup some of this outlay? What can you do with all those great pictures that fill your files? They must be worth something.

Well, as somebody who over the years has had a go at many projects designed to earn money with my photography let me suggest a way that can produce cash from your camera. Why not use your pictures to produce what I classify generally as souvenir products for your local area? I include in this category such things as postcards, greeting cards, calendars, notecards, bookmarks, and posters.

In this book, I shall take each category and explain how I go about making them, the software I use with suggested alternatives, and the materials.

You can buy this e-book for most tablet readers at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277360), as a PDF from my website (http://www.bigwoodpublishing.com/shop/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=292) and from your Kindle store.

 

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