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From the Editor

Amateur Photographer For everyone who loves photography

News, views and reviews

5 News cover story

Olympus launches 12.3MP E-620 digital SLR, Ricoh reveals CXI digital compact; Canon unwraps £119 high-resolution film scanner

11 Review

The latest books, exhibitions and websites

14 Letters

AP readers speak out on the week's issues

15 Backchat

AP reader Steve Smith explains why he is a fully paid-up member of the digital revolution

98 The final frame

Roses are red, violets are blue... unless you shoot in black & white, says Gabriel Fuchs

Technique

16 Photo insight

Clive Nichols looks at the magic of frost

20 The last resort cover story

Chris Gatcum shows you how to transform your colour pictures into stunning infrared-style shots

On test and technical

49 Testbench

Lensbaby Creative Aperture kit and Transcend StoreJet 25F 500GB hard drive

50 Nik Silver Efex Pro

Barney Britton tests a plug-in that replicates the classic look of black & white

53 Converting to black & white cover story

Richard Sibley shows you how to convert your images to black & white using Adobe Photoshop's Channel Mixer

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59 Digital toning cover story

Angela Nicholson explains how to inject extra atmosphere into your digital mono images

62 Q&A

Our experts answer your questions

66 All about infrared cover story Geoffrey Crawley looks at infrared film and tests the new Efke IR 820 Aura 68 Exposing for digital black & white landscapes Use your camera's histogram to help achieve a full range of tones when shooting landscapes that you want to convert to black & white

Your pictures 33 APOY Round 2

Win a share of £25,000 of Canon gear in our fantastic competition

37 Gallery

Another selection of superb reader images

46 Appraisal

Damien Demolder examines your images, offering words of wisdom and advice

Features

22 RuleBretagne cover story

Philippe Marchand talks to AP's Jeff Meyer about why he believes his native Brittany is best captured in panoramic monochrome 2 7 Exposing the lith myth cover story Tim Rudman on how to capture captivating monochrome photographs using lith printing

42 Icons of photography

David Clark looks at the life and work of Don McCulhn, one of Britain's greatest photographers

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The mystery of black & white

It hardly makes sense, does it, that after all the years of hard graft put in by emulsion scientists and then digital engineers, there should still be millions of photographers around the world who like to shoot in black & white. No one I know owns a black & white TV, or prefers a black & white newspaper, or lives in a colour-free house, so why should we even be prepared to look at a black & white photograph - let alone want to create one ourselves?

Of course, it does make sense, because black & white images can speak to us in a different way and make us feel differently from the way colour pictures impact on us. Being black & white, however, is no direct route to coolness, supreme style or a deeper meaning in itself, as colour images are capable of that. Colourless pictures are just as capable of being tacky, too.

Done well, black & white images seem to have that certain edge, that something extra, and a reversed integrity that somehow affords greater truth and credibility to something that, by definition, conceals a significant aspect of what it represents. I suppose that is one of the attractions, along with the simplicity and removed nature - it presents a mystery that somehow makes everything clearer.

Our question (pf the week

In AP 21 February we asked...

If you could Improve one aspect of your current kit, which of these would it be?

You answered..

A. More pixels 9%

B. Less noise 33%

C. Better lenses 58%

The picture I am most proud of taking is:

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