Good Morning to you—
I've done a terrible job of moderating comments recently—it just takes constant attention, which I haven't been able to devote of late.
Here's one that I missed in the "Secret Weapon" thread. GGervais asked, "Mike, could you recommend a book for B&W technique? Should one start with the Zone system?"
Answering the second question first, no—Ansel didn't, why should you? But lots of people find his book The Negative inspiring anyway, in the same way that Strunk and White or The Little Red Book or The Straw Bale House are inspiring even if you have no intention of taking their advice.
Here's the bookshelf from my darkroom:
You certainly don't need the Mack & Martin, and the Mees is an historical artifact. Craft is what I learned on, and I always liked Jack Coote's fine book even with its Ilfordcentrism. Richard Henry was the Anti-Picker, which made him a friend o' mine.
As for a single choice...no idea. Horenstein (Basic and Beyond Basic) was what my teachers had us buy, but I never read them.
And here's the $25,000 question—is there a good book out there on digital B&W? I enjoyed Amadou Diallo's book a few years ago, but it's the only one I've read so I can't exactly compare it to the competition.
Of course you could use my book Classic 35mm Photography: A Why-To Manual, but there's one little problem: I haven't written it yet.
Hope you have a great day (or possibly, day off).
[Note: Well, that was not cool. The autopublisher last night (late on the 31st) defaulted to publishing this on August 1st rather than September 1st. And I was sitting here thinking, what, no comments? As the old joke said, still a few bugs in the system.... —Mike the Ed.]
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