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About the Author

Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography. He has been a passionate photographer most of his life.

Uwe Steinmueller, a native of Germany, has been a photographer since 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, and France. He shares a joint copyright with his wife Bettina. Uwe moved to California in 1997 and began working seriously in digital photography in 1999. He currently lives and works in San Jose. He has written a number of books, two of which won the prestigious German "Fotobuchpreis" award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Uwe is the man behind outbackphoto.com, a popular website covering quality outdoor photography using digital cameras.

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (November 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952710
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Jacobson on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While titled as a book that emphasizes photography workflow, this book might be better characterized as an introduction to raw image processing using Photoshop. There are also brief sections on using "All-in-One Workflow tools Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom, but the main focus of the book is digital dark room exercises using Photoshop. Those who use Elements or other image processing software may have to search through menu commands in those programs to execute functions equivalent to those in Photoshop. Some image editing tools discussed in the book will probably not be available if you're not using Photoshop.

For these authors, "workflow" is the digital darkroom processing that creates a presentation quality image from a raw captured image.

This is not a book on photo composition. While there are many digital photos in the book, they are used as examples in image manipulation within Photoshop. To gain the maximum value from this book, it should be used with your raw images on your computer that has Photoshop installed. The descriptions of workflow within Photoshop are applicable for versions CS2-CS5, though less "translation" will need to be done for CS4 and CS5.

There are some additional topics covered:
Color Management
Multishot techniques including stitching, increasing depth of field, and increasing dynamic range
Turning color into black and white
Printing
Data management and backup

These additional topics are lightly covered, and for the interested reader, a book that focuses on just that topic might be a better choice

The backup section is fairly complete, and emphasizes the importance of off-site backups.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Artfuldodger on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gulins and Steinmueller have again teamed up to provide an excellent and up-to-date treatment of image processing and production. The book has earned a place right next to my computer and printer. The text is well-written and the supporting graphics are crisp. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 stars is that the authors' emphasis on Photoshop and Lightroom provides a mixed blessing. The book's great if the reader uses one or the other, not quite as helpful if the reader uses Elements, and considerably less helpful if some other processing software is used. That drawback, unfortunately, limits the usefulness of the book to some segments of the reading public.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mattson on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
THIS is a BOOK. Not book, as in the sense of a small, quickly read work, but one that deserves attention and concentration to understand fully what it is teaching you. I was impressed initially by the weight of the package it arrived in, and even more so when I opened it and saw it for the first time.

It is beautifully constructed...hardbound, with high quality papers and printing throughout. And HEAVY...it weighs in at a whopping 552 pages, and just under 4 pounds. Definitely want to keep your toes out from under it if you should drop it...

Authors Jurgen Gulbens and Uwe Steinmueller have set out via this volume, to teach you the fundamentals of the digital imaging workflow, from input to output.

Organized into 13 chapters, they do an excellent job of it.

Chapter topics include:

1. Introducing the Digital Workflow
2. The Basic Workflow
3. Color Management Know-how
4. Image Processing Basics
5. RAW Editing and conversion
6. All-in-one Workflow Tools
7. Photoshop Layers
8. Advanced Photoshop Techniques
9. Multi-shot Techniques
10. Turning Color into Black and White
11. Printing and Image Presentation
12. Useful Photoshop Plug-ins
13. Data Management and Backup

An appendix and detailed index round out the contents.

Most of the time, it takes a lot to impress me. And this is one of those times. If you want to know the digital imaging workflow from start to end, this is the book to turn to.

As noted, it is divided into thirteen chapters, each of which covers a certain technique in detail.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Russ on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook is a comprehensive and important source of information for photographers in the digital age. Upon initial inspection, it may appear somewhat overwhelming for a beginner but the step-by-step instructions and excellent illustrations make it understandable and useful at all levels of expertise. The authors do a good job of covering the basics of Adobe Photoshop -- transferring images, organizing and managing them, working with layers and curves, making global and local adjustments, converting color images into black and white, printing, and backing up data -- while also providing instructions for further refining images -- such as changing saturation in select areas and correcting perspective distortion and lens errors. The material is current -- it addresses features of Photoshop CS5 but does not ignore earlier versions. References to other resources are nicely found both throughout the text and gathered in the appendix.

Sandra Jackson
Arkansas Outdoor Photographers Club
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