What's the best book on expanding my printing skills?

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  1. Puma

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    I'm an experienced printer but I would like to learn more and explore how others print to achieve different looks. What's the best book?

    Thanks,

    Puma
     
  2. polyglot

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    For B&W, I recommend Way Beyond Monochrome, 2nd ed.
     
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    there is also the Larry Barlett book Black and white workshop.
     
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    Yeah, I'll be the one to throw it out there. Ansel Adams' "The Print". Indispensible.
     
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    Tim Rudman - The Photographer's Master Printing Course
    Black & White: Photographic Printing Workshop by Larry Bartlett and Jon Tarrant

    These are the two which I regard highest when it comes to printing.
     
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    "Lootens on Photographic Enlarging and Print Quality" for techniques they don't teach anymore. It was in print for so many years and so many editions that prices start at $0.01 on Amazon/Abe books.
     
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    My recommendations:

    "Way Beyond Monochrome Ed. 2" - Lambrecht & Woodhouse
    "Creative Black and White Photography" - McLean
    "The Elements of Black and White Printing" - Graves
    "Black and White Photography Workshop" - Blakemore
    "The Photographer's Master Printing Course" - Rudman
     
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    Barry Thornton, The Edge of Darkness
     
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    Picked one up for under $4 shipped from Amazon seller. thanks interested to see whats in it. All the others are pretty pricey
     
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    These may be a bit dated on specific material recommendations; but the Lustrum Press "Darkroom" & "Darkroom 2" series provides insights from a collection of past masters.
    More current, "The Art of PHotography" by Bruce Barnbaum is a must have.
     
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    Darkroom Printing by Gene Nocon.


    Steve.
     
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    Bruce Barnbaum : The Art of Photography
    John Blakemore´s Workshop Book
    Edge of Darkness
     
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    You mentioned achieving different looks. For general printing, all the recommendations are great (esp. the Larry Bartlett and Bruce Barnbaum books). If you really want different looks, you should get a copy of Tim Rudman's toning book. It is really quite amazing and back in print. It may be only available from Tim's website, though....I'm not sure.
     
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    I would strongly suggest the previously mentioned books by Tim Rudman on printing and toning, excellent work, a must have in your collection.


    Cheers
     
  15. Jim Noel

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    Lootens has been the go to source on enlarging for at least 60 years.
     
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    For 20+ years that's been my favorite printing book.
     
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    Gentlemen, thank you.
    Form your suggestions I picked up a couple of books I was not familiar with:
    "Lootens on Photographic Enlarging and Print Quality" and "Darkroom Printing" by Gene Nocon.
    Just a couple of dollars each from Alibris.

    Steve
     
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    A lot of good books listed in the thread. I'd skip Barnbaum though. I don't like his approaches on a variety of topics in that book.
     
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    I would skip Barnbaum as well. Too personal and opinionated. Works for him, but probably no-one else.