Ron Mowrey/PE's Emulsion Making Book/DVD set
I had the opportunity to viewed Ron Mowrey's emulsion making book and the two accompianing DVD's a couple of weekends ago and I'd like to report my impressions of them here.
DVD first - I'm quite impressed with both the amount of information presented, but also the quality of the presentation. Even though filming is done with only one camera, and generally with presented with a static shot of what's happening, the camera work is done well. Other than a few short sequences where there is water running in the background, the audio is quite understandable and very clear. (There's a couple minutes that have water running in the background, but the audio is still of good quality, it's just not as clear as the majority of the rest of the video.)
Ron and Greg, his videographer, do a great job and it's a product that they will have every right to be proud of making.
I read through the first 40 pages of the book and the last 40 pages, and I skimmed the hundred or so pages in between. I've attended one of Ron's classes, and there is a lot more information presented here and in greater depth than I remember from the class. Both in actual emulsion making formulas, as well as in the theory, science, and practice behind emulsion making.
While I highly recommend taking one of Ron's emulsion making classes, the combination of his book and the DVDs is certainly the next best thing to taking his class. (I recommend the class as you get to ask questions and get to see the process first hand - something you can't do with a DVD or book.)
This book and DVD set is going to be very useful for anyone interested in entering the field of emulsion making.
For up from the ashes, up from the ashes, grow the roses of success!
Thanks. I'll pass the comments on to Greg as well.
Is this ready to be ordered from anywhere yet?
A few days ago PE stated this:
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
Thanks. I missed that.
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I thought that I had posted this, but I guess I was interrupted.
The reviewers to date have made suggestions that would add just about a chapter to the book plus a large expansion in one section. On the first 5 pages I have found about 2 errors per page.
So, I am getting my nerve up to tackle the job of revising this draft. I expected as much, but nevertheless, this will take time.
Please bear with me. The suggestions were good and will improve the book. It basically repeats material in 3 ways so far:
1. Simple with no experiments some data
2. Experiments with data and photos
3. Full details and lots of science and math
This means that for your convenience, some graphs and photos are repeated as many as 3 times, but the reviewers say that this works by having the data (proofs if you will) handy at all stages.
I have even contemplated having samples of the various raw papers and films bound with the book, but that might be overkill. It might also be too expensive.
That's actually an excellent idea. You could sell the book/DVD with samples as your premium product at a premium price and the book/DVD sets without samples (or just photocopied samples) at a more entry level price. It could improve your $ bottom line nicely. You wouldn't have to bind the samples into the book. Just slip them into a pocket inside the cover, as I assume you're planning on doing with the DVD. The samples could be small. One 8x10 print would yield four pieces.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
I know I'd spring for the premium set. You only had a few azo-type prints at our workshop three years ago. I'd love to see the progress you've made on a greater diversity of recipes.
Good luck with the editing. Not fun, but certainly part of the process.
I too would love to buy a copy with paper samples. Of course, I would buy it without as well. Can't wait to see the final product.
Sounds excellent PE. Keep up the great work. I'm eager to buy a copy.
Please note that in my previous post I said "raw paper and film". To me and in the industry this means uncoated paper samples. I'm sorry if there was a misunderstanding but quite a few people have asked me what I have coated on, and I thought that giving them some identified pieces of the actual papers I use with descriptive information on them in the text, this might help.
I simply cannot make the number of prints, even 4x5, that would be required to be coated, exposed and processed to send out sample prints or negatives.
Last edited by Photo Engineer; 05-28-2009 at 10:06 AM. Click to view previous post history.