Photographic Possibilities, Third Edition provides a reliable source of techniques and ideas for the use of alternative and contemporary photographic processes that photographers have come to depend on. Professional photographers and advanced students seeking to increase their skills will discover modern and classic methods of creating and manipulating images.
This practical guide bridges technical methods with aesthetic outcome. It offers readers concise and accessible instructions regarding both historic and contemporary processes and includes the technical information within a context that emphasizes concept, content and using photographic materials and processes expressively.
This updated edition includes two new chapters linking digital photography to analog photography, including a discussion of digital negatives. Throughout the book, manufacturing information and resources have been refreshed to provide the latest methods and means for acquiring the products needed for these processes. Above all this complete reference provides encouragement, inspiration and a compendium of the many possible possibilities and styles to pursue and discover.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I teach alternative processes and was looking for a smaller, and cheaper, version of Christopher James "The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes". While I love James' book, the cost has always made it a difficult choice to require my students to purchase, I would rather they had a bit more money for supplies to actually use some of the processes described in the book instead of just reading about them. This is where "Photographic Possibilities" comes to the rescue. Hirsch does a good job of summarizing photographic history as it relates to the use of processes in the first chapter of the book, and he keeps it interesting so even the shortest attention spans should be captivated. The rest of the book includes valuable information on classic B/W film and paper processes (face it, these are now alternative processes too), as well as discussing many of the more popular hand-coated processes like Cyanotype and Platinum/Palladium. The chapter on digital negatives is a good primer for...
This book is full of great alternative photographic ideas from film and darkroom to digital. It also covers plenty of photographic history. Great book, it'll be keeping me busy for a long time to come. :)
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