Cyanotype

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The book Cyanotype – Historical and Alternative Photography guides the reader with detailed descriptions and clear pictorial step-by-step instructions through the entire process of creating cyanotypes. At the beginning, we learn how to make chemicals, how to choose right paper, how to make digital negatives, how to expose the image, how to coat the paper with emulsion, and the like.
In the following chapters are detailed descriptions on how to develop photographs, a large number of popular and some almost forgotten techniques of a simple one- and two-color toning of cyanotype, descriptions of making photograms, and a bit more challenging chapters of cyanotype printing on glass, stone and fabrics.
Slightly more creative readers will love the aforementioned techniques of bi-color pictures and photographs, which are made by double exposure and present here for the first-time. The book does not lack practical examples of cyanotype for creating business cards, postcards, printed T-shirts and the like.

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Easy Digital Negatives

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In this book, of course, the reader first learns the basics of digital photography, which are necessary for making digital negatives. Then the settings of Adobe Photoshop and printers, and methods to increase and decrease print density are described, so that each reader can print the optimum negative, regardless of the price range of the printer. Then follow procedures for the reproduction of photographs with both scanners and with any camera.
After this introduction, the author introduces the reader to the standard time of printing – or correct time of exposure – and presents two techniques to determine the optimal UV blocker color on the negative, and describes the production of colorized negatives.
This description is followed by techniques for correcting and printing negatives. In a simple but effective way, normalization of photos is described, which is followed by two techniques to correct mid-tones, first with the popular custom curves and then by making adjustments by the slightly more accurate method of mapping tones.
The next chapter is intended for slightly more demanding readers, as it describes the correction of corrections and a way for making a negative with average values.
At the end of the book, the reader will discover a chapter on calibrating the monitor, which is necessary for the efficient processing of digital images, and a chapter which justifies the name of this book: here, the author’s freeware program is described. If the reader knows its basic concepts, with a few clicks and in a few minutes, it automatically performs all of the procedures described in this book.

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Van Dyke Brown

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Another amazing practical guide by Peter Mrhar. This time, you have a book before you that will take you step-by-step through the world of the Van Dyke Brown photographic process.

Without too much theory,
with clear demonstrations,
with extensive descriptions of mistake corrections,
with descriptions of advanced techniques to
increase contrast,
print on fabric,
brighten photos,
toning, etc…
In short, another book that will lead you to the mastery of photography without neuroses.

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Salt Print with descriptions of orotone, opalotype, varnishes…

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The book Salt print is the third book in a series of books about historical and alternative photography. In it, the reader will learn the basic techniques of salted, albumenized, arrowroot, and matte paper.
The author presents not only basic knowledge, as in all of his books, but further extends it with descriptions of other old, wonderful processes that are hard to find in other contemporary texts on this topic.
Thus, he takes us into the forgotten world of printing on glass, where the reader will learn through very understandable descriptions the manufacturing process of once extremely popular opalotypes (printing on translucent white glass), and as a finale, the author explains one of the most beautiful of these almost forgotten techniques, the art of manufacturing orotones (photos printed on gilded glass), which, at the time of publication of this book, is mastered by only a few people in the world.
The author also describes other salt print techniques, such as how to produce photos with the once very popular technique of printing on colored paper; how to manually color photos; or even how to develop salted prints with the help of both the earliest and most modern developers.
Toning of salted prints is, of course, quite extensively described in this Salt print book, with descriptions of the once most commonly used toners. The author has also not forgotten to include a short description of the use of modern digital negatives.
After the whole process of making the many kinds of salt prints has been described, the book closes with a description of the last step: the production and use of varnishes and waxes, which are used to preserve a photograph in time and to give to it a final, refined appearance.

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Mastering Gum Print – Book 1: Monochrome printing

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Another remarkable book on alternative photographic processes! This time, the author describes the gum printing process (or gum dichromate or with the old name of gum bichromate process) with considerable accuracy and in a very clear way, with the author’s typical presentation through a significant number of practical examples.

In this first book, which talks about the basics of gum printing, about one and multi-layered monochrome printing in black and color shades, and which is enriched with descriptions of the almost forgotten procedures of the Pictorialists, the author masterfully leads the reader step-by-step through all of the stages of creating gum print, and at the same time, of course, he does not forget to accurately describe how to correct all the errors and flaws.

The author, in short, with his so characteristically masterful approach, presents here the entire range of already-known descriptions of gum printing; this is a kind of master-class textbook that will be, for sure, appreciated and understood by all serious enthusiasts of photography.

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Alternative Photographic Accessories

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Accessories which we use in alternative and old photographic processes are difficult to find and are sometimes quite expensive through regular sales channels. Most users, therefore, produce them at home, with the help of varied and sometimes quite conflicting information that can be found on the Internet.
We try to some extent to overcome this lack of resources with this book, because in it are collected the most frequently used photographic tools, the operation of which has been verified in practice.
As in all the books from the collection of Historical and Alternative Photography, the content of this book is also presented in an extremely comprehensible manner, since the procedures are described step-by-step, with rich pictorial support.
The descriptions are presented without drawing plans, so that the devices can be adapted to the needs of readers who come from all over the world, and this regardless of the “standard” dimensions of different materials found in various countries. In the instructions where this is necessary, of course, the applied dimensions are written in both metric and imperial units.

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