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When browsing Amazon, I read about two books which sounded interesting, both by Eddie Ephraums, namely
Creative Elements: Darkrrom Techniques for Landscape Photography
Gradient Light: The Art and Craft of Using Variable Contrast Paper
I'd be interested to hear comments by someone who has read any of these.
-- Thomas Wollstein (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 15, 2000
I have Creative Elements: Darkrrom Techniques for Landscape Photography; it is a very informative book. Eddie displays about a dozen or so prints (both before and after pictures) then gives step by step details on how they were created. He also lists detailed darkroom procedures, formulas for toners and developers and samples of toned step wedges for example. I recommend the book.
I haven't seen Gradient Light: The Art and Craft of Using Variable Contrast Paper, but if it's of the same caliber as the former, I'd get it too.
-- Pete Caluori (email@example.com), March 15, 2000.
Good books...I've got the latter Gradient light. Main thing with Ephraims is he is British and his chief philosophy if I may say so is that he advocates using Matte paper (Ilford) because he claims he sells more as people are always a bit iffy on photography as art so he makes it look more like art with toning etc...compare his discussion of craft with the best like Vestal's Craft of Photography.
-- kirk kennelly (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 15, 2000.
I found both of them extremely useful and inspiring.
-- Christian Harkness (email@example.com), March 16, 2000.
Got both, get both!!!
-- John Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 16, 2000.