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Black & White Photography Field Guide

Michael Freeman

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Photographic equipment & techniques, Prose: non-fiction

There's a whole new world of possibility waiting within each and every digital image you capture, and in this comprehensive field guide, you'll get straight-to-the-point tips and techniques for black-and-white conversions, written by acclaimed photographer and author Michael Freeman.

Begin by exploring the illustrious history and tradition of black-and-white photography, to better understand its unique aesthetics so you can aptly apply them to your own creative work. Then study the particular advantages that digital photography brings to the equation - from how the technology works, to the best and most up-to-date post-production software, and all the specialised techniques and processes in between.

Finally, learn to think in black and white by considering the numerous interpretations that each scene presents, and set about achieving your precise creative vision with skill and competency.

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Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

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