Books on printing

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  1. lgrabun

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    I would buy The Negative and The Print no matter what else you buy. They are available cheap on Amazon Used books.

    Someone else can answer on other books.
    Steve.
     
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    I think that the Adams' books mentioned above are good darkroom references. But for pure printing (and developing and exposing) information, I would recommend Lambrecht's "Way Beyond Monochrome" and McLean's "Creative Black and White Photography" ahead of the Adams books.
     
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    McLeans's book - bought from ebay, thank you. Looking for a good price on Ansel books.
     
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    Hi, I recommend Henry Horensteins books as well as Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course.

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    Check out Adams' books on Amazon.com.
     
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    These are: "Black & White Photography, a Basic Manual" and "A Technical Manual, Beyond Basic Photography." They are the texts for High School and College Photo I and Photo II courses so they are available very cheaply on eBay or in fleamarkets. I think I bought the second one for $3 on eBay four years ago. It was not the current edition but the instructor said there was little difference between the editions.

    The books are just a guide line. Advancement comes from practice and a critical eye. The advantage of a class is that the teacher is hopefully a better printer and can help you understand the errors and ways to improve your work, both creatively and technically. Another advantage I found was that there was a class critique at assigned intervals which motivated me to keep doing the work.

    John Powers
     
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    Yeah, Horenstein's books are a good choice as well.

    Hey, John. Howzit?
     
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    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course And "Way beyond monochrome". You don't need anything else...

    Jaap jan
     
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    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course And "Way beyond monochrome". You don't need anything else...

    What he said.

    I have St. Ansel, I have never referenced him. I have, however, gone over the above mentioned books dozens and dozens of times... I have found them very useful for practical darkroom use, and Mr. Rudman's book is one of the most user-friendly books I've come across on the subject.
     
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    Tim Rudman's books are excellent. I have all of them and re-read them and refer to them all the time. I have other books, but they dont get looked at anything like as often.
     
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    Thanks, I've purchased most of titles you mentioned, including Les's and HH's books. Rudman seems to be pretty scarce on both ebay and amazon. Had some luck, however, hope all the books will get here in two-three week time.
     
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    I'll second any of Tim Rudman's books and Les McLean's is a must have. Also John Blakemore's book, Black & White Photography Workshop, is great.
     
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    For practical information and an inspired approach to the aesthetics of interpreting negatives, few books can match Larry Bartlett's Black& White Photographic Printing Workshop. It's a must have for beginner and expert alike.

    Alan Clark
     
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    Is the Les McLean title people are referring to _Creative Black & White Photography_, or is there something else more specifically on printing?
     
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    The book I got is "Creative Black & White Photography". It is good but not as good as I expected.
     
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    Excellent, excellent book.
     
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    I read the Adams trilogy once. But since I discovered Tim Rudman's and the Lamprecht/Woodhouse book I referred to them a hundred of times.
     
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    This discussion has answered the same question for me. I found the McLean book for $.75 and $4 shipping on ebay and the Rudman book used for $19 + $4 shipping!
     
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    Late to this thread, I know, but the OP seemed to be new to the game. I would recommend a really basic and easy-to-understand book like Mastering Black-and-White Photography: From Camera to Darkroom by Bernhard Suess. Lots of relevant, solid facts, that cover much of what most people need to know to get a solid foundation.
     
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    Unfortunately, 'Way Beyond Monochrome' is sold out and won't be reprinted until Edition2 in Spring 2010. However, in the meantime, I recommend the three Ansel Adams' books. No serious printer should be without them.