From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man by Vincent Versace is a book that at first made me say WTF?!!! Why on Earth would I give a crap about all the B&W conversion techniques when I’ve got Silver Efex Pro? I LOVE Silver Efex and it gives me exactly what I want. Done. End of Story. Or is it?
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I didn’t really “get” Welcome to Oz the first time I read it, but over time I found myself referring people to chapters of the book. When I read Welcome to Oz 2 the light bulb went off and I came to appreciate the message behind Versace’s book. I had gotten a little lost in the details and the banter, but hidden in the book was a message that has changed how I work. Given my respect for that book and his work (see above and his website), I decided to snuggle up with From Oz to Kansas and see if I could be enlightened.
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Apply what you learn in this book to your Duotone and even your color images
I’m a computer programmer by trade and reading this book reminded me of a lesson I learned in 1992 as a programmer:
Sometimes you have to read the “why” behind what you do even when it doesn’t make sense at first. It may seem pointless and a waste of time, but there will come a day when knowing why will help things click. When that happens you’ll be on a whole new level and amazing things will happen.
Reading this book helped me to make more sense of the controls I use in Silver Efex Pro and B&W Effects. It helped me to think differently about how I tackle my B&W images. It also gave me another series of tools I can use to solve my B&W conversion challenges. All this is goodness, and it’s why I think you should give a crap about this book.
If Black & White photography is important to you AND you are an experienced Photoshop user, then I recommend that you read this book.
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