Book on enlarging recommendation request

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  1. bgav

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    I am looking for a book with detailed explanations of B&W printing processes (but if possibly without entering into pseudo-science and alchemy), preferable covering problematic (for me) cases of everyday practice, such as printing of low contrast negative to obtain contrast picture and so on.

    I have two books about enlarging: Michael Langford's "The Darkroom Handbook" and "Enlarging" by Jacobson and Mannheim, but both of them are sort of "opening horizons" books, i.e. briefly about everything and even more.

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    Thanks in advance,
    Evgeny.
     
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    Check out "Way Beyond Monochrome" by Ralph Lambrecht and Chris Woodhouse (Fountain Press). It is the best book I've ever read on darkroom.
     
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    Have a look for Les Mcleans book "Black and White Photography".
     
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    "Way Beyond Monochrome" is a great book! I liked that one.
     
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    Dear Evgeny,

    Consider adding "Post Exposure" to your library. It includes clear instructions for comparing variable contrast papers and basic unsharp masking.

    Neal Wydra
     
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    try Black and white Photograhic Printing Workshop by Larry Bartlett and Jon Tarrant, along with the others already mentioned
     
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    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course is my favorite.

    Jaap Jan
     
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    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course is superb, and I understand it's readily available once more.
     
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    Hi
    Another good book is ''The Master Printers workbook'' by Steve Macleod. And one of my all time favorites is ''Elements'' by Barry Thornton.
    Regards
    Steve.
     
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    Ann, I have long espoused this as one of the best B&W printing books as it shows you exactly what someone has done with each image as opposed to talking about a bunch of techniques with no examples. It has a special place on my bookshelf.

    In addition to this book I recommend our own Les McLean's book for printing and general B&W photography.

    Way Beyond Monochrome may be delving more into the sensitometric side than you seem to be looking for, based on your first post.

    I have all 3 books above and can say that they are all worth having.
     
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    The two that I use and regularly dip into are

    Tim Rudmans Master Printing Course, which is excellent and was my bible until
    Ralph lambrecht and Chris came along with Way beyond monochrome. Very, Very, in depth technical book.

    Regards

    Photogeek
     
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    Well, I'm not really happy with "Way Beyond Monochrome" and "Creative BW" by Les. If I'd choose one book from these two, I'd take only "Way..." because it contains much more interesting me information, too scientific though, on my taste. But Les' book is also worth to have in library.

    Anyway, I'd give last chance to Larry Bartlett and Tim Rudman books, since I order blindly from Amazon without possibility to check suitability of books in local bookstores due to complete absence of such literature there, and I cannot afford to spend so much money (especially ordering from Amazon UK, the only place where the last mentioned books are available for me).
     
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    I'm a little surprised no mention is made of Saint Ansel's very own The Print
     
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    David Vestal

    The Art of Black and White Enlarging by David Vestal-probably out of print but an excellant book. There are many fine used dealers on the web.
    Best, Peter
     
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    cultivating personal deification, huh?
     
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    Thanks Peter,
    I've heard a lot about this book, it is out of print long time already, still available used, but shipment from dealers costs near to a mini-yacht cost.
     
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    Best advice. Thanks Ann.
     
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    This is a great book which I can recommend & if you do a seach on http://www.abebooks.com/ you will find some copies for sale.

    Andy
     
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    Vestal also wrote "the book of Craft" also excellent. Go to Amazon dot com
     
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    Carson Graves- "The Elements of Black and White Printing" 2nd Ed.
    Les McLean- "Creative Black and White Photography"