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Expert Techniques is intended as a resource book
crammed full of professional tips & workflow
strategies for using Photoshop and enhancing
digital photography skills. Author Ken Milburn,
is a photographer in his own right and, in this
book, introduces professional and
prosumer photographers to the
workflow involved in digital photography.
Photoshop is not the easiest
application to use. Photoshop CS has very powerful image
processing tools; you just have to find out where to find
them and how to use them. It's unusual to find good
material that covers and gives practical examples of the
workflow associated with enhancing the digital darkroom
experience. The tools used and their effects are
illustrated along with the reasons for their use is
clearly illustrated. The why, when, where and how to use
each of them is given in a clear step by step processes.
If there is one weak point to the book it is that the section on choosing among the latest digital SLR cameras. With the advancements and the number of new cameras introduced to the marketplace, it will quickly fall out of date and therefore become quickly inaccurate. The chapter on selling work on the Web may be of interest to those that wish to do that. He offers tricks of the trade with color images, his focus is on using Photoshop CS to optimize workflow and photo quality of the final print.
I like the balance between camera, computer and software chapters. This is not just another Photoshop book, though it does go into considerable depth using Photoshop as the prime digital photographer's tool.
Everyone, regardless of their level of proficiency should read the second chapter of the book.
The second chapter is titled Be Prepared and is a terrific primer for the things that all photographers should already know. Written clearly with a digital camera bias it has everything from a prepared checklist of the things to have and bring with you to protecting your memory cards. Tips like always returning your camera to program mode and knowing your cameras shutter lag and write time are so critical for the digital photographer. We often forget the simple things, like emphasizing the centre of interest and focusing on the eyes that can often turn a snapshot into photograph.
This book is not about knowing how to use Photoshop but how to be a better photographer in the new digital camera age. It is all about bringing out the best picture in each and every image taken by the photographer.
Although the book is aimed squarely at the prosumer and professional there are enough tips and tricks to be a benefit to everyone that is serious about their photography. Yes, you need to have Photoshop to gain the maximum benefit from this book.
Photography, Expert Techniques
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