Welcome to Oz 2.0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 7 Dec 2010
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“Vincent is one of the most electrifying and flat-out fascinating Photoshop instructors out there today, and amazingly, that excitement and his brand of Photoshop magic have been captured in this book. I was blown away!”
– Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher,Photoshop User Magazine
"If you are looking for a challenge, and you want to take your Photoshop as well as your photographic skills to the next level, then I would very highly recommend Welcome To Oz."
–Book review, Seatlle Post-Intelligencer (seattlepi.com)
From the Back Cover
Still photography doesn't have to mean static images, a fact nobody understands better than well-known photographer and Photoshop Hall of Famer Vincent Versace. In this book, Vincent details his cinematic approach to evoke time and its passage in still photographic images, and provides a wealth of practical and artistic guidance for anyone with a serious interest in digital photography. Whether readers are looking to enrich their Photoshop skills, broaden their understanding of conceptual and aesthetic principles, get a handle on lighting and color theory, or simply inject some life into their still digital images, they'll benefit from Vincent's unique approach to the art and craft of digital photography. Offering advice and instruction on everything from creating lighting in Photoshop to setting up printers, taking advantage of color management, capturing movement, and more, this beautifully illustrated guide conveys the unique vision of a singularly successful fine-art photographer.See all Product description
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It introduces some concepts that were not new to me , like image maps, but these techniques have a definite place for perfectionists, and it is that which really comes across in his book, this is not just a bunch of conversion techniques , but something to challenge your thinking about how you visualise and how to attain that visualisation, so even if you were familiar with the concept previously the chances are that they were vaguely formed whereas this will cement your understanding and ulimately change the way you go about PP (post processing) It is not so much about how to work the software but more about why you do what you do, and in that, it is a concept changer
It is book for perfectionists, for those that like to build the image up from the ground and who want every detail considered and controlled, it is a far cry for one click wonder plug-ins.
For me the techniques are more work than I want to do, but I'm lazy, yet I still got quite a bit from this book in tersm of how I see and image and what I expect from it, and what tools and techniques are available if I am prepared to make the efforrt
His second book from Oz to kansas is more of the same (which is generally a good thing) and I have a review about it elsewhere.. In some ways I found this book easier to read but perhaps that is simply that the other is very involved indeed
anyway - bottom line, I would recommend this book
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This is not a book to be casually read and put aside. To get the most out of it one needs to work along with the author. Therefore, one does need to have access to Photoshop and be willing to invest the time to work through these exercises. I did, and feel I have benefited greatly, to the extent that much of my own workflow processes will hereafter change. I would not recommend this book to a beginner, but for those serious photographers from intermediate to professional with a bit of understanding of Photoshop and photographic composition, and a willingness to invest some effort, the rewards can be significant. For me, it will remain close at hand for some time.
As a personal note, my library is full of photography books of one kind or another, most of them very instrumental in how I approach what for me is a long time, and serious, hobby. But this book is probably the most valuable of them all in what I have learned about post processing (more accurately "middle" processing,) and it's potential to keep on giving, for there is so much "meat" in this book that unless one is an advanced Photoshop user it is unlikely to absorb everything this book has to offer in one time through.
Ok, I stand corrected. And have revised my rating to five stars.
And, thank, Mr. V, for given me a gentle nudge when a whack with a two by four might have been warranted.
Old review here - I'm leaving it because I'm not ashamed to show I'm a bonehead! Well, that and there's some stuff in there about the kindle iPad app that's important to know if you've shied away from buying kindle books for your Apple.
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Ill keep this revue short, as much of what I'd say about this book, and more importantly, Vincents approach has been stated by previous reviewers.
I have only one issue, and it's with the Kindle version, which is how I buy all my books these days. Early in the introduction there is reference to included high resolution digital files of the image used in the lessons. As far as I can tell, these are not included in the Kindle version, or available to download from Vincent's website.
Maybe I'm splitting hairs here, but I'm accustomed to having those files available in this type of book, I.e. Scott Kelby's excellent books.
Sure, I have images of my own that are similar enough to use, and as the book is really about capture, as much as any computer work, I could create my own. Maybe that's the point?
BTW, if you have an iPad, all these books have full color images using the Kindle app. Most are even set up to zoom the images themselves to higher res. It's not quite as elegant as Apples iBook app and the way it handles photos, but though I love Apple gear (I own a n 8core mac pro, a MacBook pro, an iPad and an iPhone), I'm not thrilled with their media sales practices.