Books + Tutorials

From Oz to Kansas

To Purchase a Signed Copy and Prints:

Black and white conversion techniques are like politicians making election promises: every one of them claims to be the penultimate solution to your needs. Regardless of their claims, you still need to create images that look like photographs and not like something the viewer sees as “something you did in Photoshop.”

There are numerous ways to convert an image from color to hues of gray. But which one works best–and why–are questions that may be asked but are rarely if ever answered. Vincent Versace will show you some of the best ways to convert an image to black and white without ever leaving the RGB color space. In this book, you will learn which methods give you the best results and when to choose a simple or a complex solution. Different images have different needs as they are converted to black and white, and Vincent covers them all, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to create amazing, timeless black and white images–and teach the reader how to do the same. From Oz to Kansas includes coverage of Adobe Photoshop and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro. Vincent explores all the options in Photoshop for converting color images to black and white, and discusses the merits of each, including when one conversion technique is more appropriate than another.

Versace shares the knowledge he’s gained from decades of research and real-world experience to help the reader take black and white images from “good enough” to fine art quality.

Master black and white fine art photographer, Photoshop expert, and master printer Vincent Versace delivers the book that fans and readers have long been waiting for: a comprehensive reference and set of tutorials covering the best ways to convert color images into stunning black and white photographs.

Welcome to Oz 2.0

To Purchase a Signed Copy and Prints:

Creating memorable photographs is a process that starts before you edit an image in Photoshop, before you capture the image, even before you pick up the camera. You must first approach the subject with the proper sense of perception, with the ability to visualize the finished print before you commit a scene to pixels, but still be flexible and spontaneous. Master fine art photographer Vincent Versace has spent his career learning and teaching the art of perception and how to translate it into stunning images. In Welcome to Oz 2.0 — a completely rewritten update of the book’s first edition — he delves into what it means to approach digital photography cinematically, to use your perception, your camera, and Photoshop to capture the movement of life in a still image.

• Adapt your workflow to the image so you always know how best to use your tools

• Turn a seemingly impossible photograph scenario into a successful image

• Practice “image harvesting” to combine the best parts of many captures to create an optimum final result

• Discover the importance of bokeh — not only how to use it in order to control how the eye travels and sees an image, but also how to realistically create it in post-processing

Welcome to Oz

Original publication of techniques seen in Welcome to Oz 2.0.

Terms & Legal