If Roger's website was so good you'd think someone other than the owner would give it a plug.
I would, however, suggest Roger's "Black and White Handbook" as possibly somewhere to start. Ideally if you can get hold of any of Ansel Adams' books I would recommend you get hold of "The Negative" followed by "The Print".
Well, Simon, people do -- take a look at the thread on metering -- but you'll understand I have a particular interest.
Originally Posted by Simon E
Also, the paid-for Photo School part has been around for less than two years so it has some catching up to do as compared with longer-established media such as the book you so kindly mention.
In any case, as a great deal of it is FREE -- I'll repeat that word, FREE -- I really don't think I can be accused of trying the hard sell. Anyone can look at it; decide whether they like the free stuff or not; and then, if they like, subscribe. All save its greatest detractors (mostly hard-core Zonies) agree that there's a lot of useful information in there.
Well... speaking of free... here's a link to the free downloadable latest edition of the clearest and most easiest to understand B&W Photography book I've ever seen:
Henry Horenstein. Great stuff. Another I found particularly useful is Les McLean's Creative Black and White Photography.
Another vote for the Horenstein books. Both of those and a copy of Light: Science and Magic and you can't go wrong.
Thank you all for the recommendations. I'm going to write them down and research them before buying.
Roger, I came across your site last year sometime and enjoyed the free modules. I read the ones concerned with black and white again today and thought the one on darkrooms was very informative. I recommend your site.
Trying to find books that will tell you what to photograph is ridiculous, and leads to creative dead ends.
Originally Posted by Masuro
Here are my 2cents.
You need something to show you how to load film on the reel, what chemicals to use and in what order to use them and something to show you how the enlarger works. There are countless books to show you that.
With that information in hand, you then get as much film as your pockets will allow, and you go photograph.
You might try looking at photo books (monographs) to see what you respond to, and photographing those subject. Just experiment; it will keep it exciting, and it will keep it fun.
Good luck and have fun.
Originally Posted by BWGirl
Hello....Masuro!!!! Did you somehow miss this??? FREE book?? Download the chapters??? :p
Sheesh... I know guys can't hear women...I didn't know they can't read them either. :D
I'd also recommemd Roger and Frances' site and their B&W Handbook.
My bible has mainly been The Negative and The Print by Ansel Adams, and the parts that are out of date or controversial are easily supplemented online. The John Schaefer books are basically updates to the original Ansel Adams ones, and very readable.