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Zen of Postproduction: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing
 
 

Zen of Postproduction: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing [Kindle Edition]

Mark Fitzgerald
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Breathe deep and relax - this book takes the stress out of photography post-production

While capturing the perfect photograph is a welcome creative challenge for photographers, post-production can often be a headache. Downloading, sorting, tagging, editing, and distributing your digital images - especially the enormous quantities produced in today's image-happy world - can be overwhelming. Time to take a deep breath and sit down with a copy of this calming book. Digital worksflow teacher and author Mark Fitzgerald offers low-stress, post-production photography workflows and editing solutions that will make your life easier.

Walking you through the latest photography software, especially Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, Mark offers sensible advice and answers all your post-production questions, whether you're a professional photographer, serious amateur, or motivated novice.

  • Takes the stress out of photography post-production by offering effective, timesaving, no-hassle solutions for overworked digital photographers
  • Helps you streamline and simplify such post-production tasks as downloading, sorting, tagging, editing, and distributing digital images
  • Explores the latest photography software, with special emphasis on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  • Offers straightforward advice for professional photographers and serious amateurs
  • Includes practical, real-world examples, so you can immediately apply what you're learning

Get into a better, more relaxing place with your photography post-production workflows and tasks with Zen of Post Production: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing.

From the Back Cover

Find the peace and the passion in postproduction It may be called "workflow," but Mark Fitzgerald doesn't believe postproduction should feel like work. He's found joy and creative expression in the postproduction process, and if you follow his guidance, you will too. Learn to build the foundation of a solid workflow that you can customize for your needs. Then find the confidence to explore your images in new ways and craft images that express your creative vision. Learn to avoid common pitfalls that can cause big problems in Lightroom® Organize your images so you can find any image at any time with only a few mouse clicks Discover the power of Lightroom's Develop module Find out which Photoshop® tools are most important for Lightroom users and how to seamlessly move between Lightroom and Photoshop Get an inside look at the processes Mark uses to create award-winning images Learn about plugins that save time and add creative options Discover the "conscious workflow" that keeps you in the moment, enables your creativity, and makes postproduction a pleasure

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 68135 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (30 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFB45EC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It is often difficult to fully explain how a software package works. One mans clear explanation is another's fog! Mark Fitzgerald has the knack of making his explanations unambiguous. An excellent instruction book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Zen but Good Instruction 5 Nov 2013
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've long been a student, if not a practitioner, of Zen Buddhism, so the title of this book certainly caught my attention. I'm disappointed to say that, other than the title, there is nothing of Zen in this book. What is here is a good introduction to digital photography post-processing.

The book instructs on the use of Adobe Lightroom to catalog, process and make adjustments to captured images. Even though Lightroom alone will satisfy many photographers' needs, its ability to make local adjustments is limited, so the author describes how to make those adjustments in the far more powerful, but more complex, Adobe Photoshop, using layers, masks and retouching. He gives a brief tour of available plug-ins and then finishes up by showing how to use Lightroom to get one's images before others.

The book is presented in such a way that the beginner can read just the Lightroom chapters. Then, if and when the photographer is ready for the stronger power of Photoshop, he or she can move on to those chapters. When it comes to plug-ins, which allow specialized treatments within the Lightroom and Photoshop realm, he explains what the major plug-ins do to help readers decide whether to explore them.

Fitzgerald won my heart when, in his discussion of keywording, which is a way of marking an image file for convenient recovery, he discussed dealing with `ghost keywords', which are mostly a form of duplicate identifications. There probably are photographers who have never encountered the ghost keyword problem, but not most mere mortals. Yet this is the first book that I've encountered that discusses this problem.

Both Lightroom and Photoshop offer many similar ways of dealing with post-processing, and Photoshop contains many tools that a photographer will never use. Fitzgerald limits himself to telling you just a few of these ways, but that's enough for the beginner to easily learn how to process an image. After gaining some experience, the user should go to other resources to learn how to squeeze even more out of these pieces of software.

I didn't always agree that the author's procedure for a particular function was the best. For example, he discourages photographers from using the pick and reject flags in Lightroom, which I prefer for a sort of images, but the method he suggests is not unreasonable. Similarly, he doesn't discuss using the keyboard to control adding or subtracting from selections. Still these are functions that one can pick up with experience.

There are no real tutorials in the book, but the readers can load up the software and use their own images to follow the instruction. There is also no examination of what tools in Lightroom or Photoshop to use to create artistic images, so once again the reader will have to rely on other resources.

It appears that sometime after the book was written, Adobe changed its "Creative Cloud" policies so that one can get both Lightroom and Photoshop in a monthly, continuous upgrade form for just $10 a month so there is little reason not to integrate the programs to create the best possible images. There's no Zen here, but there is a good way for beginners, and perhaps even a few more experienced photographers, to learn how to use the programs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear easy to read instructions for a better workflow. 18 Nov 2013
By M. Toal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really like the clean, simple style that the author writes in. I've been a Photoshop and Lightroom user since they were both introduced. I know that I've never used Lightroom especially to it's full potential. I suspect there are a lot of people in a similar position out there who just need a simple, clear explanation of some of the more advanced and newer features in Lightroom. I'm not great at reading how-to books from front to back and this book makes it very easy to look up what you need to learn and master it quickly. I would highly recommend this book to somebody just beginning at post production or somebody like myself that has been doing it for years and wants to learn more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like having a private tutor 18 Nov 2013
By mickle229 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I suspect many photographers are like me: they largely taught themselves Lightroom or Photoshop, maybe taking a couple of workshops along the way. Now factor in the nearly-annual software updates, and a healthy dose of bad habits - and you get what I call the "swiss cheese" base of knowledge: We know enough to get our work done, but there are random holes in our competency, and a nagging suspicion that we're doing some things the hard way.

The Zen of Postproduction is an excellent resource, not only for beginners, but also for filling in the blanks on just about any topic you can think of. The author takes a practical approach to explaining things, and seems to appeal to all learning styles. There are plenty of illustrated examples, and what I especially appreciated were the "tips" and "cautions" - where he doesn't mind editorializing. Like any powerful software product, there are many ways to accomplish the same thing - and Fitzgerald offers not only factual reference, but also experienced advice on how to avoid getting into trouble with the many features of these products.

A lot of other books I've seen attempt to be encyclopedic when explaining all features and functions - without offering much in the way of actual guidance or counsel. As a result, readers may feel like every menu option and technique must be mastered, and the software can remain overwhelming. Fitzgerald narrative helps you sort through what's essential versus optional. And he isn't afraid to comment on the aesthetics of various techniques.

I highly recommend this book; It's like having your own private tutor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Peace with Postproduction 22 Dec 2013
By Nancy A. Petrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Zen of Postproduction: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing is the closest thing you can get to without taking a class from Mark Fitzgerald himself. His writing style matches his teaching style--love that! Most image editing books make me want to walk... I mean run, away from them. There's no headaches here and it took the overwhelm factor out of editing for me.

Reading it from cover to cover is something I would actually do, but it's also easy to find what you're in need of for a particular job. This book actually makes postproduction feel like fun, and I like everything about the book itself... the way it's laid out, it's size, the paper, the images, and it always lays flat on the desk! There are little popup boxes with tips, notes and cautions--love that!

I think most photographers would agree that this is the book we've been waiting for!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for pros who want to evaulate their workflow as well as amatuers who want to create one 13 Dec 2013
By Bruce Smalley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a professional fine art photographer that uses Lightroom, Photoshop and Photomatix. I'm mostly self taught with several books and some classes. I put together what I thought was a good workflow but occasionally I seemed to miss things or wasted time repeating steps. Overall, I thought my workflow was decent. That was until I read Fitzgerald's book.

I have not come across a book before that is dedicated specifically to work flow that doesn't dive into very fine details. This is an easy read that surprisingly covers topics at a detailed enough level for the professional to pick up tips but simple enough for an amateur to follow the recommended sequence of steps and establish an excellent workflow.

Working through all the steps from importing all the way through printing and web posting made me evaluate my own process and I found several improvements I could make as well as a bunch of shortcuts. Fitzgerald covers only the most important information, particularly with LR and the essential PS tools and leaves more detailed PS functions to other reference books. The most impressive thing is 99% of the information you need is succinctly covered in 17 short chapters.

The one improvement I would have liked is a case study that included showing multiple steps in LR and then PS, which is the critical philosophy of the workflow. Fitzgerald covers all of it well but there is not one summary where he demonstrates the color and tone adjustments he makes in LR, going to PS to accomplish more detailed work, then returning to LR for the "finishing touches" he mentions. It would also be handy to show actual non RAW, to RAW conversion in PS then how to save your file with layers in LR before returning to PS.

Overall an excellent book for photographers who want to more efficiently process their photos. Fitzgerald is a highly accomplished photographer who has won several awards at the international level. He accomplishes this with the same workflow outlined here. This should give tremendous confidence to photographers to know they can produce excellent work with just the tools covered in this book.
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