Saturday, December 5, 2009

From Camera to Computer

Understanding, of course, that this is a "forensic blog" (and a Photoshop blog), part of doing good work in Photoshop is learning the rest of the trade - lighting, camera / lens selection, framing the shot, and etc. Every once and while, I find a book* by a photographer that's worthy of mention. This month's selection is From Camera to Computer by George Barr.

Here's a Canadian Photographer who started at age 12 with a WWII Zeiss Ikonta and a basement bathroom. How cool is that? The book is an easy read with a lot of depth and detail. His passion for his work is evident on each page.

The publisher lists the target audience as "Photographers." I beg to differ. There's something in the book for forensic folks as well. The first two chapters are a perfect intro into a perfectionists' workflow ... bringing out detail, balancing, and making images look their very best. The images used are a challenging start to the book's lessons.

The publisher says that "you'll see proof sheets and "not quite there" images, and you’ll learn tips on image editing from someone who is focused on creating a fine art image rather than mass producing many similar images—often the goal of commercial photographers." I agree wholeheartedly.

By now, you know my "what-how-why" focus. "With his friendly, easy-to-understand approach George goes beyond how to edit your images by teaching the whys behind the editing process. This book is certain to help you dramatically improve your own images."

In focussing on the "why," George demonstrates his mastery of the subject. With this in mind, I'll certainly recommend this book to my friends. I think, after reading it, you will too.

*FTC compliance notice: the book was provided to me without cost by the publisher, Rocky Nook. It has since been re-gifted to an entirely worthy photographer (name withheld). I have derived no material gain from the book or the publisher whatsoever.

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