From Oz To Kansas is the newest book from the author of the bestselling Welcome to Oz 2.0. Now Vincent Versace shows how a well-crafted black and white image remains the finest of the fine arts and how the skill to create one is one of photography's most aspirational abilities.
From Oz To Kansas is not a manual that tells you what to do and why to do it; rather it is more of a guide that gives you the foundation for learning how to walk into a scene or an image and know just what to do, as well the reason why you would want to do it. Each lesson builds on the previous so it is meant to be followed in progression to obtain the fullest benefit. From Oz To Kansas is 272 pages and divided into eight chapters.
Chapter 1, "The Black and White on All the Gray Areas of Black and White," begins by looking at some of the terms that you will need to know when working with the book. It goes on to look at what RGB is and what it is not. Next the author looks at desaturation and how it affects the color image. You will look at creating and using actions, how to add drama to an image, and seeing the way the eye sees what it saw.
Chapter 2, "Variations on a Theme," looks at some of the things you would never think to do to create a truly memorable black and white photograph. In this lesson you will learn about three different approaches to digitally replicating the black and white look that came out on film using the Film and Filter approach. You will also learn about masking techniques and using Nik Software's Contrast Only and Blend modes.
Chapter 3, "Defying Logic," examines the fact that a black and white file is not a black and white file, but rather a chromatic grayscale file. Unlike back in the film days when camera makers did not make the media that the camera recorded on, they do now, in that they make the camera's CMOS or CCD sensor. This is both a blessing and a curse. This lesson looks at the RAW file, in-camera conversion, RAW processor conversions, and working with RAW files in Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and Capture NX.