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Variable Contrast Printing Manual, The by Steve Anchell (1997-01-16)

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  • By [email protected] on October 16, 1997

    Variable contrast paper has long been looked down upon by photographers. That has been changing over the last few years and this book should finally convince everyone of VC's role in the printer's toolbox. Everything is covered--from printing techniques to currently available paper brands and VC enlarging heads. The text is informative, accurate and readable. A winning combination.

  • By A customer on October 11, 1998

    The book is not as nicely produced and printed as other books on the market, such as Tim Rudman's "Master printing course," (which is so pretty that I use it as a coffee-table book!). Anchell gives only a few examples of his prints, and the prints are very poorly reproduced. I did learn a few useful things from this book, though I could probably summarize them in a few pages.

  • By Tracey C. Jones on November 8, 2008

    deeply technical work - will need to take time to take all this on board

  • By A customer on June 12, 1999

    The competant research and clear explanation of a complex subject sets this book far above any other book of its type. Anchell has proved once again to be the leading expert on Black & White processing. I highly recommend this book for any serious photographer who takes pride in darkroom skill and craft

  • By Thomas C. Scott on February 4, 2014

    This is a GREAT reference and guide for old fashioned photography. While I have a few digital camera's and a iMac Computer, Film photography has a certain warmth and feel to it that cannot be duplicated on any computer screen. I've set up my own Darkroom many times over the years and have really enjoyed the time spent developing and enlarging film and prints. I suppose it's hard to understand for those who are in a rush to get a print, or who take the time to learn the hobby, or craft. It may be a lost craft soon, as the digital age is here to stay. The old black and white negatives I have saved up and been given by family members over the years are a real treasure to me. I have cleaned them up and even scanned them on my computer to work with them in Aperture, or iPhoto on my Mac. But, getting back into the Darkroom is a pleasure and more of a true art form to me.

  • By A customer on July 8, 2003

    Many charts and graphs of enlargers and materials which I cannot reach here, in the Russia.

  • By D. Johnson on March 7, 2002

    I could have written this book, but I am glad Anchell did it and did it so well. There is an introduction for beginners here that is just enough to set them off on the big adventure. There is some well presented thought on advanced techniques that will keep the advanced cases focused on the essentials and help expand their skill.The author touches on how and why various approaches to Variable Contrast work and why you need to know. He compares the most readily available materials and suggests where they should be used.He gives some direct and pragmatic recommendations about development and fixing. He also presents some practical examples of how to use multiple filter techniques where appropriate. He discusses pre-exposure and some other tried and true techniques that help manage contrast.This book is a very good top-down, goal oriented approach. It is easy to read and remember because it never gets wound up in technique for its own sake.If you are already competent this book will keep you moving in the right direction. If you are not yet competent you will have no excuses after you read this book.This author needs a better publisher. I'd like to have an edition with test negatives and a coupon for a discount on the next edition. A better publisher could make this book a classic, must have.

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