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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
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If digital fine art photography is your passion then this book is a must for your library. It sets forth interesting and meaningful workflow(s) and insightful variations on well known techniques (even though there is a certain, and understandable amount of Photoshop rehash). My advice: read it more than once; work thru all the lessons and you will benefit without question.

My only lingering annoyance is the author's use of distractive, silly, inane, sudo-mystical image titles; "If I were a raindrop", "Sentinel of the Mist", "Hearing the Whisper of the Green Fairy". C'mon, Vincent. Your images have the power to speak for themselves. No need to tell folks how to respond to them. That comes all by itself.

King Dexter

Colorado
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2008
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this purchase was done on behalf of a friend of mine and from what i was told, he is totally satisfied with the book. recommended.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2007
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This book is aimed at photographers who have never worked in a darkroom before. If you have started working as a photographer in digital, there is a lot to be learned from this book. However, if you know how to dodge and burn, and you know how to do it in Photoshop using layers, you will find nothing new here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2008
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Stunning photography and continuing inspiration from a master of photography. I highly recommend Vincent's book.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2007
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Although his final process images are beautiful, the process he is trying to convey I don't seem to follow or able to understand his objective. This could be me. Another disappointment is the title of the book "Cinematic" which I was hoping to learn how cinematographers create these wonderful effect using light and post production processing.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2007
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Just received this book as an X-mas present from my mom. I eagerly dove into the first chapter which begins with a somewhat blah photo of a model. After correcting for color casting, she is looking like a pretty hot and fiery redhead, but by the time Vincent is done with her digital makeover, she looks like she's in liver failure in need of a transplant. As noted by other reviewers, the book requires third party plug-ins which are heavily used throughout the book. Some of the PS instructions are poorly written which leaves you hanging in the middle of a tutorial. You cannot argue the fact that many of his insert photos are great, but as a tutorial, it leaves a lot to be desired. I am disappointed that his "Kismet" image of the Golden Gate Bridge (and apparently most of his work) is merely a composite of several images. I had seen this image previously and had assumed it was a "special capture moment". Should I go out and photograph a rainbow, a lightening bolt, and a clown and see if I can combine them into an interesting image? I guess this is where we are going with digital imaging... take a hundred free photos and get one good composite out of them. Save your money and buy a subscription to Lenswork instead.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2009
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Did anyone proof-read this book? Does the editor care? It has misspellings, interface mistakes, (i.e. move left when he means right), inadequate descriptions,(way too many "what's he want us to do here?" moments). And descriptions about zen and life that don't mix with his less than complete technical instructions. Very frustrating. I gave up on chapter 2.
Maybe the great 'V' is a good photographer but he is a terrible writer, sorry.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2007
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I like this non text book style, contemporary and philosophical in thought. The book is filled with beautiful photoshoped images. Unfortunately there are quite a few image typeset problems the before and after images reversed and the colour cast removed image looks worse than the before image, this can be annoying until you realise they are publishing problems. This is very surprising and unfortunate for this high quality book.
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10 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2007
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A postprocessing photoshop book. But a bad one of its kind. The first example he uses is a portrait of an female actor he tries to make better in photoshop. It ends up with very very yellow skintones. Im surprised he didnt see it himself before publishing. He uses a lot of time, too much, explaining about selective focus done with gaussian blur and layermasks. Why not get a fast lens and save all that paintwork- it didnt take me to OZ!!
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16 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2007
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I previewed this book recently and I have to say that the information presented is superficial, at best. To be perfectly honest, my students have made better pictures. The whole notion of "image harvesting" is embarrassing. Now that the number of exposures is based on how much memory you have and not how much film is left, it's easy to get lazy about the picture-making process.. This is why my students are not allowed to cut-and-paste. I tell them that true talent is shaped by making conscious, exposures. If things don't work, think about what went wrong and try again. Real learning happens when mistakes are made. Trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear, in the end, is still a sow's ear. This is the ugly side of digital imaging. It's made lying about what is real easy for everyone. Photoshop should be used as a tool for quality output, not deception.

Now, regarding technique, spend your money on a real gem - Professional Photoshop AND Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace by Dan Margulis. He's amazing.
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