Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, 2nd Edition

book cover
Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, 2nd Edition
By Ken Milburn
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: October 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52690-3
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652690-0
Pages: 404

Table of Contents  | Index

Ready to take digital imaging to the professional level? This advanced strategy book offers expert advice to help you become more competent in your work routine, but it is not your ordinary workflow book. Through step-by-step procedures based on hard-nosed experience, professional photographer Ken Milburn covers much more than image management. His updated edition describes a complete workflow sequence that begins with essential photographic equipment and digital darkroom setup, and ends once finished images are in albums, exhibits, web sites, or publications. Milburn's goal is to make your work routine as efficient as possible, whether you're a working professional or a passionate amateur.

Digital Photography: Expert Techniques takes you through several high-efficiency production techniques, from non-destructive editing (adjustments to RAW photo files that don't change or destroy any of the pixels in the original image) to destructive techniques with Photoshop CS 2, such as changing the number, location, brightness and color of the individual pixels. All the while, Milburn emphasizes minimizing destructive edits and always maintaining the ability to back to early stages. This new edition offers:

  • The first book to fully address non-destructive, start-to-finish, layered workflow; including learning to take advantage of Camera Raw's non-destructive image adjustments and adjustment layers.

  • Each chapter begins with a summary on how the chapter fits the workflow and why.

  • Every exercise begins with side-by-side before-and-after photos. Get a visual idea of what you will accomplish before taking the time to read.

  • Learn to eliminate useless images and maximize image preservation, organization, and distribution.

Milburn's book features a preview of Adobe Lightroom, the beta application that helps you view, sort, and rank images quickly. You'll also learn advanced techniques with Photoshop CS 2 and Photoshop Elements, though this isn' t a typical Photoshop how-to book. Milburn's workflow strategy includes everything you must do before, during, and after the editing process to ensure that high-production jobs are done professionally with a minimum of frustration. With Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, you'll become a better (and more profitable) photographer.

book cover
Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, 2nd Edition
By Ken Milburn
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: October 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-596-52690-3
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-652690-0
Pages: 404

Table of Contents  | Index

   Digital Photography Expert Techniques, Second Edition
   introduction Introduction
        Chapter 1.  A Plan for Nondestructive Workflow
      Section 1.1.  Getting the Camera Ready
      Section 1.2.  Computer Equipment and Configuration
      Section 1.3.  Image Downloading
      Section 1.4.  Winnowing Your Shoot
      Section 1.5.  Backing Up Originals
      Section 1.6.  Presentation for Client Approval
      Section 1.7.  Preliminary Editing
      Section 1.8.  Final Output
        Chapter 2.  Be Prepared
      Section 2.1.  Pre-Set Your Camera
      Section 2.2.  Take Along the Basic Accessories
      Section 2.3.  Know When Not to Shoot RAW
      Section 2.4.  Start in Program Mode
      Section 2.5.  Light Metering Tricks
      Section 2.6.  Tricks for Steady Shooting
      Section 2.7.  Stop the Action
      Section 2.8.  Go Where Few Have Gone Before
      Section 2.9.  Collect Backgrounds, Clouds, and Stuff
      Section 2.10.  Calibrate Your Monitor
        Chapter 3.  Bridging the Gap
      Section 3.1.  How Bridge Differs from the Browser
      Section 3.2.  Customizing Workspaces
      Section 3.3.  Working in Bridge
      Section 3.4.  Using Bridge for Winnowing the Shoot
      Section 3.5.  Add Metadata for the Record
      Section 3.6.  Ranking Images in Bridge
        Chapter 4.  Streamlining Camera Raw
      Section 4.1.  Save to DNG
      Section 4.2.  Leveling and Cropping in Camera Raw
      Section 4.3.  Understanding Camera Raw's Tabs
      Section 4.4.  Automating in Camera Raw
      Section 4.5.  Using the Image Processor with RAW Files
      Section 4.6.  Differences in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS2 and Photoshop Elements 4
      Section 4.7.  Opening and Adjusting Multiple RAW Files in Photoshop CS2
      Section 4.8.  Using Camera Raw for Creating Effects
        Chapter 5.  Nondestructive Layering
      Section 5.1.  A System of Layers for Nondestructive Editing
      Section 5.2.  Layer Abbreviations in Filenames
      Section 5.3.  What the Layers Palette Looks Like for All Stages
      Section 5.4.  The Magic Action for Layered Workflow
      Section 5.5.  Using Layer Options
      Section 5.6.  What You Can Do with Adjustment Layers
      Section 5.7.  Things You Can Do to Modify a Layer
      Section 5.8.  Grouping Layers
        Chapter 6.  Nondestructive Overall Adjustments
      Section 6.1.  The Basic Levels and Curves Routine
      Section 6.2.  Adjustment Layer Advantages
      Section 6.3.  Using Blend Modes on Adjustment Layers
      Section 6.4.  Changing Hue/Saturation
      Section 6.5.  Color Balance Techniques
      Section 6.6.  Applying Color Balance Techniques to Other Images
      Section 6.7.  Making Destructive Adjustments on the Layers
        Chapter 7.  Making Targeted Adjustments
      Section 7.1.  Tips for Using Selections
      Section 7.2.  Using Layers to Make Targeted Adjustments
      Section 7.3.  Creating Effects with Targeted Adjustments
        Chapter 8.  Repairing the Details
      Section 8.1.  General Repair Toolkit
      Section 8.2.  Specific Types of Repair Projects
        Chapter 9.  Collage and Montage
      Section 9.1.  Where to Find the Pieces for Your Collage or Montage
      Section 9.2.  Making a Collage
      Section 9.3.  Photoshop Features Especially Useful for Making Montages
      Section 9.4.  Matching a Knockout to Its Background
        Chapter 10.  Creating the Wow Factor
      Section 10.1.  Organizing Your Layers to Apply Effects
      Section 10.2.  Applying Filter Effects
      Section 10.3.  Using the Filter Gallery
      Section 10.4.  Blurring Memories
      Section 10.5.  Satisfaction in Liquefaction
      Section 10.6.  Using the Warp Tool
      Section 10.7.  Using Lighting Effects
      Section 10.8.  Homemade Backgrounds
      Section 10.9.  Colorization Effects
      Section 10.10.  Pattern Overlays
      Section 10.11.  Photo Filters
      Section 10.12.  Film Effects
      Section 10.13.  Monochrome Effects
      Section 10.14.  Sharpening
        Chapter 11.  Special Purpose Processing
      Section 11.1.  Stitching Images for a New Point of View
      Section 11.2.  Extending Dynamic Range
      Section 11.3.  Converting Photos to Paintings
        Chapter 12.  Presenting Your Work to the World
      Section 12.1.  Printing Your Digital Images
      Section 12.2.  Showing Your Work
      Section 12.3.  Promoting Your Images on the Web
      Section 12.4.  Create a Digital Slide Show
      Section 12.5.  Saving a Digital "Positive"
        Appendix A.  Workflow Alternatives
      Section A.1.  Capture One Pro
      Section A.2.  Raw Shooter
      Section A.3.  Aperture
      Section A.4.  Adobe Lightroom
      Section A.5.  iView Media Pro
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