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Photoshop CS4 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470381274
ISBN-10: 0470381272
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Capture the beauty—and beautify your captures

Award-winning photographers Ellen Anon and Josh Anon reveal the secrets to creating superlative nature images using their field-tested methods and practical instruction in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You'll find eye-opening techniques, terrific workflow ideas, and timesaving ways to apply a broad array of Photoshop tools to optimize your images—from improving tonal values and adjusting color to adding effects and creating panoramas.

The book includes spectacular photographs from exotic places around the world shot by Ellen and Josh, as well as tips and examples from some of the most esteemed professional nature photographers, including Michael Reichmann, George Lepp, Joe McDonald, Arthur Morris, John Shaw, Tony Sweet, and others—with every photo hand-picked to inspire you.

  • Master powerful new Photoshop CS4 tools, such as the Adjustment Brush, Mask Panel, Bird's Eye View, and Adobe Output Module
  • Adjust color and exposure to fine-tune detail and capture mood

  • Use Smart Objects and Filters to create flexible workflows

  • Create depth-of-field and high-dynamic-range composites to go beyond camera limitations

  • Create Actions, use shortcuts, and automate tasks to save time

  • Explore the surprisingly rich toolset of Photoshop Elements

Valuable CD-ROM with Video Training
The CD includes more than 60 minutes of video training that focuses on new features in Photoshop CS4 and some techniques for Photoshop Elements users, and also draws from the authors' years of workshop teaching experience. You'll also find sample images to help you practice the techniques in the book.

Find out how to take advantage of the new Adjustment Brush in Adobe Camera Raw to quickly make localized adjustments without using a layer mask.

Learn how to create dramatic black-and-white versionsof your images.

About the Author

Ellen Anon is an accomplished nature photographer. Her images have been in numerous gallery shows and are in collections on several continents; they are also used in calendars, posters, books, and elsewhere. She teaches photography and Photoshop workshops for nature photographers around the country and is the coauthor of Aperture Exposed: The Mac Photographer's Guide to Taming the Workflow.

Josh Anon is a technical director at Pixar Animation Studios and has been a nature photographer for over half his life. His work has appeared in a variety of media. On weekends when he's not shooting, he teaches photography workshops. Both Ellen and Josh's images are represented by the prestigious Jaynes Gallery.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470381272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470381274
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Gaizband on January 21, 2009
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If you are a photographer, and in particular a nature photographer, who has been using Photoshop to optimize your pictures, then this book is a must have. Building on the author's previous knowledge of each version of Photoshop, it highlights the uniqueness of CS4 (and Elements). Photoshop can be a very intimidating program. However, this book is clear and concise. It discusses how to effectively and efficiently use Bridge to edit and catalog your pictures. It directs you on how best to bring your photo into CS4. It suggest a workflow that can be customized to meet your individual needs. It gives step-by-step instruction on techniques to enhance your photos supplying sample pictures to practice on. I have taken workshops with Ellen Anon and using this book is like having her in my computer room instructing me...from customizing my computer/printer settings to producing the finished product.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Willcox on April 3, 2009
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If you are a photographer this book is an excellent introduction to CS4, if you are a nature photographer it's a must. Clear, concise easy to understand instructions. The authors explanation of smart objects[what they are and how to use them]is superb.This book is an easy 5 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By epb7036 on March 21, 2009
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I enjoyed this book ... and it can be used both as a text from which to learn PS CS4 and a help reference once you get into PS CS4. The emphasis on Nature Photography is well thought out as the illustrations and text are well coordinated to show the best use of PS CS4 in this niche' area of photography. It is easy to read and that is a plus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Berg on April 1, 2010
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Most photography books, and books about Photoshop especially, suffer from the fact they are written by people who may be very good practitioners, but know little or nothing about organizing a topic for presentation and writing to be understood. Ellen Anon is the complete anthithesis of that type of photo author. She knows photography, she knows Photoshop, and she knows how to communicate. Having come from an academic background, she knows how to organize her topics and her thoughts in away that will be comprehensible for a wide audience. This capability has found its way into her photography writings. She provides clear and understandable explanations about such obscure Photoshop topics as layers, smart objects/filters, file sizing, soft-proofing, etc. She structures this all around two candidate workflows, taking the digital image from the camera to a finished print. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2009
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This book is exactly what I needed for a new user of Photohop CS4. Ellen & Josh
Anon have created a book for Nature Photgraphers that really works for me. The
book has been designed to not only explain how to use a feature but gives you
the settings they use in their photography work. Even the CD in the back of the
book is helpful to use. The majority of the book is for CS4 but they do a good
job of describing the features of Elements as well as CS4.

I have purchased several how-to-books recently and this is the only book that I would recommend out of all of them.
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