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Outdoor Photographer Landscape and Nature Photography with Photoshop CS2 Paperback – May 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471786191 ISBN-10: 0471786195 Edition: 1st

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"A beautifully presented guide...it’s easy to work your way through and experiment with the techniques." (Photoshop Creative, August 2006)

From the Back Cover

It's time to see Photoshop as a tool of your craft

This book is not about "fixing it in Photoshop." It's about how you, the serious nature photographer, can use technology to enhance your art. Rob Sheppard sees Photoshop not as an eraser for mistakes and the effects of careless shooting, but as an artist's tool, one that assists you in the craft of producing art from your digital camera. He shows you how to use Photoshop CS2 to extend tonal range, remove color haze, correct lens distortions, create multi-frame panoramas, and so much more—all to reveal the work of art you knew was there all along.

  • Learn to apply Photoshop techniques to the unique requirements of landscape and nature photography
  • Be aware of correct exposure when shooting for Photoshop
  • Use layers to enhance images and correct tonality and color for optimum images
  • Discover a better way of dodging and burning
  • Understand midtones and manage color correction with an eye to the finished product
  • Process images twice in Camera Raw for better shadow and highlight detail
  • Explore how Photoshop CS2 can support proven techniques used by the masters of traditional nature photography

Photoshop offers great power for controlling color so you can get natural, realistic colors that best express what you see in nature

Unsharp Mask is unmasked so that you can get the most from this powerful sharpening tool

Utilize the best methods of black-and-white conversion

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471786195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471786191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am proud of the work I have done as a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. I love the natural world, and that can be a native bee in my native plants garden as much as a visit to a national park. I am a husband of a beautiful and smart wife, a father to my outstanding son and daughter, and one who lived in Minnesota most of my life, but now loves the variety and very long growing season of Southern California.

I have written and photographed a lot of books and magazine articles but what is most important to me about them is knowing that I have helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. I work to help people connect with photography and nature through speaking and as a workshop leader, too. All of this has gained me a Fellow award with the North American Nature Photography Association. Many people knew me as the long-time editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and I am still connected with them as a contributing editor.

A short list of some of the books I have done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, The Power of Black-and-White in Nature Photography and Reports from the Field (an iBook).

My website is at www.robsheppardphoto.com; my blogs are at www.natureandphotography.com and www.mirrorlessnature.com.

Customer Reviews

He just wants you to make the best pictures you can without forcing you to weed through crap.
deepcloud
I had always considered 'Photoshopping' a picture in a negative light, and the descriptions and examples in this book completely changed my opinion.
J. Howe
For the nature and landscape photographer who uses photoshop I found this to be an excellent book.
Richard F. Liotta

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on April 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Most photographers will acknowledge that Ansel Adams was one of the greatest outdoor photographers ever. Many familiar with his theories and Photoshop will see a link between the Zone System and Levels and Curves. Now Rob Sheppard shows that Ansel's method of making adjustments to his photographs in the dark room was a forerunner of Photoshop Layers. Not only did Sheppard convince me of this, but he also convinced me that I ought to be using techniques that will adjust my pictures in the same way that Adams did, and Sheppard showed me how.

This book is a step beyond most Photoshop books. Very little time is spent teaching basic Photoshop tools and techniques. For that a photographer can go to many excellent books like "Photoshop for Nature Photographers" by Ellen Anon and Tim Grey. Instead, Sheppard concentrates on showing the user how to make subtle adjustments to good pictures to make them better. For example, he talks about adjusting the tones in a picture so that a background will be distract less from a main subject, or brightening a color to draw attention to it. He uses the modern equivalents of Adams' burning and dodging by using layers and layer masks. Moreover he places these techniques within a workflow that will be familiar to most Photoshop users.

Many of these adjustments are very subtle, but they will help to improve a good picture. Sometimes when you look at before and after reproductions of photographs in the book you may wonder if the printer made a mistake and printed the same picture for before and after. But close examination will show that subtle adjustments have been made that make the picture stronger.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard F. Liotta on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been using photoshop for several years, mostly to improve landscape and nature photographs. I have read and learned from numerous photoshop books. But applying the "techniques" of photoshop to the art of landscape and nature photography has been a process of trial and error. It has required using my eyes and artistic sense to figure out when different adjustments were appropriate and when they were not. But I have felt that a bit of guidance, a blueprint, would be useful. Not as a substitute for the artistic process, but to help facilitate it. This book provides that direction.

No book that I have read has spelled out the workflow, typical adjustments, and cautions-as they apply to nature and landscape photography- as well as this book does. No book that I have read about photoshop relates it to the roots of landscape photography and photography as an art form as well as this book did. This book tells you what typically needs to be adjusted in nature and landscape photographs and tells you how to do it. The approach was refreshing and useful.

Yes other photoshop books go into some photoshop techniques in more depth, but not as they apply to nature and landscape photography specifically. This book may not be a substitute for what other books can provide, but it provides many things that no other book I have read has. Now I know what areas to study further, and to experiment with more, because this book provides a map. It also describes clearly exactly how to do things that need to be done to bring out the best in a nature or landscape photograph. It tells you what to do early in the process and what to do later. Many of the changes made to an image can be subtle, but each contributes to the final product. Rob Sheppard appreciates this.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Appelbaum on July 14, 2006
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Sheppard works through a series of photographs showing when, why and how to use the various Photoshop tools. Unlike most other Photoshop books, this one focuses on establishing a workflow.

The best explanations I have ever seen regarding adjustment layers and layer masks.

I would have given this book five stars but the printing is pretty poor and often it is hard to discern differences from one photo to the next in the sequence. Also, the illustrations are too small and are generally on a following page.

Editorially, this book is a five star gem -- kudos to Rob. As far as production goes, if there is a next edition, it should be printed at 8.5 x 11 inches, with larger illustrations and much better pagination. Yes, it will cost more. But it would be worth it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wallace Billingham on July 10, 2006
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I really wanted this book to be better. I got this book after reading an excerpt from it in Outdoor Photographer magazine.

After reading the book I must say that I am a bit dissapointed. The problem is that the book tries to be all things to all people and really does not do a good job at anything.

For example the first half of the book deals with basic Photoshop 101 stuff. Things like levels, curves, crop, layers, selections etc. The only problem is that moderate to experienced Photoshop users (like myself) will find this a total waste of space, (which I could live with) but the problem is it is all presented at such a high level that novice users will find it totally useless.

The biggest issue however is that they did a VERY poor job with the layout of the book. The book has a lot of screen shots to show you various PS menus and workspaces and none of them are on the pages where they talk about it. You constantly have to flip ahead 2-3 pages to see the example. There are also many before and after shots of pictures processed with PS. It wouls have been really nice if they were on the same page, but once again you have to flip between pages.

The second half of the book does get a bit better, but I found I really wanted more.

If you get this book and you have at least a basic working knowledge of Photoshop you will probably learn a trick or two that will help you with your photography and it is really not all that expensive here on Amazon.

If you are new to photoshop you would be much better served elsewhere, like the many great books by Scoot Kelby
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