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The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography Paperback – 22 Jul 2013
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Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer whose work is widely admired and collected. He is the author of many bestselling photography books, and his popular workshops are often sold out. Harold Davis is a Moab printmaking Master. Learn more about Harold and his photography at www.photoblog2.com.
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If you are newcomer to Photoshop then this book is essential reading. Well done Mr Davis
Then I bought The Way of the Digital Photographer. It's rare for me to buy books, because I normally do my learning from online sources. Harold's philosophy and teaching are clear and easy to follow. Even when he changes gear and becomes more technical, he explains his methods in a step by step fashion that's very successful. He's humorous too, which helps!
What I especially like is that he gives worked examples of every technique, and, like every good teacher, moves from the simple to the complex, and from the familiar to the unfamiliar, recapping at every stage. As an ex-teacher-trainer myself I'd say his writing/teaching is impressive.
Then along came Harold's Monochromatic HDR Photography. Which I bought! I thought I had already learned lots about post-processing from his previous books, but Harold takes it to a whole new level - with stunning results.
All the books are must-haves for those photographers who want to produce the very finest work that the digital negative contains.
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I have had a number of issues that I found challenging in Photoshop which he cleared up in the text. An example of this was his comments on un-checking the "open documents as tabs" section in the preference box. This saves you a step from having to do this within the menu options and is a time saving tip in working with layers.
I particularly like his sections on adjustment layers and how to utilize them to fix problem areas in a photograph. Almost everyone has a photo that they like which needs some lightening in the foreground or detail extraction in the background. This book goes into detail on how to correct these problems in a photo and end up with a final product that looks exception.
I am not a fan of all his photos in this book. To my taste many of them are a bit over "Photoshopped". However since the techniques are outlined in detailed instruction, you can adjust the techniques to suit your taste as a photographer.
The book is a wealth of information for individuals struggling with layers, adjustment layers, camera raw, blending modes, masking and compositing techniques. You would spend a lot more money than this to attend seminars only to come back from them and forget the manner in which to conduct actions within Photoshop. If you work through the book slowly, you will most likely receive the answers you have to operating all the basic functions within Photoshop.
For all the iPhone photo lovers out there, he has a section addressed to turning your cell photos into a work of art. I think this is fun and a good way to keep yourself as a photographer involved in "self-assignments" to work on your craft daily.
The book might be a bit better if there were some photos that people could download from a website to practice with in order to achieve the end photo result as shown in the book. However, you can master the techniques by utilizing your own photos.
If you invest in the book and then invest in the time to read slowly through the book and try all the actions he is describing in the text, you will be less frustrated with Photoshop and realize the true power of Photoshop as a program and a photographic tool. If you are a wiz with Photoshop, this book will probably not help you. If you are a self-taught beginner and struggling to learn all the functions in Photoshop, this is your book.
Not obvious but anyone using this book will need Photoshop CS4 or later versions. All the image processing examples require nothing more advanced than CS4 either which is good for those not wanting to be extorted into a monthly subscription with Adobe to use their CC product.
I like that the book is by a serious and accomplished photographer who has an image in mind before tripping the shutter and this line of thinking is well expressed in the book. Often people will use a digital image editing program to fix a picture after the fact and this book targets the people who are more thoughtful in their approach. It is also written for photographers unlike many books covering Photoshop written by instructors or for use by graphics professionals.
It's also very inspiring to see how Mr. Davis makes such amazing images from simple subjects. I'm left constantly wondering how many things I've walked by in my normal life and not seen.
This is my second book by Harold Davis, his Creating HDR Photos book is also one of the best I've encountered on the subject.
Some books focus on the photography side, some focus on the mechanics of imaging software. This book is one of the rare ones
which spans that middle ground where you use the photography and the post processing together to say whatever it is that you want to say. Too often the word "photoshopped" is used in a dismissive way. But Photoshop is also an important tool which can be used to show the photographer's original vision in a way which the camera alone cannot always do.
Simply, this book makes me happy because it allows me to think of Photoshop as a legitimate tool which I can use to produce a beautiful image.