This book has me thinking in black-and-white… or, more precisely, shades of gray. Monochrome. It is a rich subject and, as the author Joe Farace points out, not simply about the absence of color, but the potential for emphasizing our subject in a variety of styles and processes dating back to the dawn of photography: cyanotype, gum bichromate, ambrotype, sepia, antique tints, etc.
Farace’s Creative Digital Monochrome Effects (Lark Books) goes beyond an introduction to alternative techniques to actually inspire the reader to experiment and explore gradations within the various styles. It’s a fresh, visionary guide to “seeing” images in monochrome. Whether shooting grayscale photos in camera or converting them after capture, the book covers areas in between so we learn which photographs are best served by applying these special effects. The book, I think, is particularly important as an aid to reinvigorating one’s approach to photography, expanding visual opportunities, or even setting a new course for future investigation. You might find yourself reevaluating your personal archive, searching for images that might benefit from conversion or achieve new visual heights via reinterpretation. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects is one of those rare guides you’ll want to keep; consult frequently, and scribble notes in its margins.
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