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Adobe Photoshop is central to almost all photography workflows today. Each new version fo the software is a milestone in the development of this imaging behemoth, and 2010's release of CS5 is no exception.
Photographers often feel overwhelmed when starting with Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for the novice. There is no shortage of instructional books, yet very few direct the user to the most significant aspects of the program in a way that reflects a real workflow for the photographer.
Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch has leveraged his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a step-by-step guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in the latest version of Photoshop and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Focusing on the critical elements of the workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, the Handbook is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.
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If you are planing on purchasing only one book this year for guidance on CS5 & LR3, make this book your choice! Starting out with one of the BEST basic technical sections I've read in any book, and I have literally dozens of books on digital photography/editing, through to the integration of Lightroom with Photoshop, Steve leads the reader with the recognizable skill of a polished instructor. Moreover, the book's pages are icon (Ps, acr, Br, and Lr) tabbed allowing for rapid location of information pertaining to the area of immediate interest. The information is easy to understand, flows smoothly, and is fully complemented with hundreds of illustrations and screen shots with full explanations of how, when, and why you would employ the features being discussed. Unlike many tomes currently in vogue, this is not a cookbook designed to show you how you would get a specific photo to look a certain way, but rather a guide that will provide you with the knowledge needed to work on any image...
Photographers Handbook is the first book on my shelf that I reach for when I have a question about work flow, tool tips or best practices for handling digital image processing with in Adobe's Creative Suite. The CS5 edition is the third version that I have owned, each is updated and expanded to include the latest juicy tidbits and working methods contained with in the latest software. I appreciate the author's dedication to core photographic principals and his explanations of how the digital work flow can be structured to maximize creative problem solving, while maintaining quality and efficiency within my photo processing.
To our benefit, Mr. Laskevitch owns and operates an Adobe training facility in Seattle WA. where each of the concepts, lessons and tips contained with in this book have been "workshopped" though hundreds of classroom sessions. Photographer's Handbook distills the knowledge that has been developed in this educational environment. Mr. Laskevitch's...
I bought this along with two other books when I got started with Lightroom. The other books (by Kelby and Evening) are stellar. This one is a dud, and I would have to say I pretty much wasted my money.
The book offers a somewhat shaky introduction to digital photography terms and concepts, then takes you on sort of a whirlwind tour of Photoshop, ACR, and Lightroom. Given that this book is 276 pages and the two books (on just Lightroom mind you) that I just mentioned are 500 and 700 pages should give you an idea. I certainly don't judge a book just by page count, but to put it bluntly this book is both brief and poor.
I also have to say that this is the second truly mediocre (I am being kind) photography book I have that was published by Rocky Nook. I am taking evasive action when I see their name in the future.
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