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The Creative Digital Darkroom 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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About the Author

Katrin Eismann is world-known for her talent as a Photoshop expert and photographer, but above all she's considered one of the best teachers her field has ever seen. This book uses the clear, concise tutorial approach that made her two previous Photoshop books bestsellers that take photographers beyond quick tips and gimmicky effects.

Sean Duggan is a fine art photographer, educator, and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. Co-author of Real World Digital Photography and Photoshop Artistry, he's been helping photographers master Photoshop and digital darkroom techniques through his workshops for over ten years. He brings his keen understanding of the photographic process and creating the best image possible to The Creative Digital Darkroom.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100476
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've bought a Katrin Eismann book before, you're no doubt looking at this one, too, since her books are so good. And what you've come to expect from her is indeed here - clear, concise information and step by step tutorials with plenty of diagrams showing what's being done. In its layout it's very similar to her Restoration and Retouching books, but denser, with a smaller font and more information, while remaining clear and balanced with a solid presentation. There's very few pages of wasted space.

As the title implies, the theme of the book is using traditional darkroom techniques in the digital world. In fact, part of the audience it's aimed at are experienced photographers who'd like to move to digital and carry over the skills they've learned. Focusing on this theme, the authors give us tools in global and local enhancements of tone and color, as well as sharpening/blurring and removing distractions, to bring out a photo's full potential.

It's all good and thorough, but be aware that in choosing to focus on that, the authors don't touch on many of the tools that are essential parts of Photoshop, including Photomerge, Liquify, Text, and Actions. It also doesn't cover Bridge or printing in depth, but there's actually a chapter on printing available as a PDF at the book's website: creativedigitaldarkroom.com.

It does cover Levels and Curves in more depth than any other book I've seen. It also covers Layer Masks, Shadow/Highlight, Perspective, Blending Modes, Lens Correction, Camera RAW (including the new Clarity tool), Split Toning, Sepia Toning (including Greg Gorman's technique), HDR, LAB, edge effects (using the Filter Gallery), Cross-Processing, and Sharpening, as well as including sections on creating a faded b/w photo and the like.
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Katrin Eismann is a phenomenal author and has compiled two excellent books, photoshop masking and compositing as well as photoshop restoration and retouching...with those books in mind, one may have thought that this book would be special, it's not...the book appears to be aimed at those people interested in a broad understanding of photoshop including workspaces, color management, color settings, types of printers, types of cameras, curves, levels etc...the basics...the authors eventually get into some reasonably "creative" work but not before most of the book deals with general information. There are too many books like this on the market. There are books that specialize in color (any of Dan Margulis's books) and sharpening and layers, masks, skin, etc...To try to pack that all into one book is simply giving one a taste, a general taste of the subject. This may be a good book for the beginner that wants to understand more about photoshop or an educator teaching a basic course, but this is not a book for a moderately skilled photoshop user. Unfortunately, this book was listed without a table of contents or an accurate description of its purpose. I would expect more from a Katrin Eismann book at this point in her career. p.s., thanks for the editorial review...i wish it or something similair would have been available prior to the date this book was first shipped to customers...If you're looking for a good book that focuses on the creative side of photoshop, consider Vincent Versace's, Welcome to Oz. My suggestion would be to proof read a copy of this book at Barnes and Noble etc...and decide if it's right for you. Various opinions will prevail and don't get fooled by reviews that covertly promote the author at the expense of the reader.
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Why another book on digital photography? Another book on CSx? Another book on RAW image processing? Another book on workflow? Another book on photo composition? Why?
Because it's ONE book! A cohesive litany of eye-to-print, not only "hows", but the "whys"..
This book is about photography. Well written, illustrated and laid out. The organization is like workflow should be, natural, easy to follow. It has gems for the beginner and pro alike. But let's be clear on what the beginner is.
- The book is digital SLR focused.
- The book is ADOBE CS(3) focused.
- The book is RAW image capture focused.
- The book presumes you have workflow needs.
- The book assumes you didn't take the picture you thought you did.
- The book assumes you care enough to fix it.
The beginner here is not someone who got a Canon Pro-Shot for Christmas.
Many photographers have moved from film to digital in the last couple of years, only to be smacked in the face by the EXTREME DIFFERENCE in the workflow of the two media.
Ms. Eismann and Mr. Duggan have done a wonderful job covering so much so well without turning it into a MAC vs PC or CS3 primer. Throughout the ENTIRE book I felt I was working with images and concepts, never sitting in a classroom learning the Adobe interface. Thank you, Katrin and Seán, for that and this book!
If you are a photographer that is buried by all the images, by all the post shutter-click "stuff" and are looking for a life-line of sanity to make sense of it all, this is THE book. The Creative Digital Darkroom is simply the best comprehensive book you can buy, especially for thirty bucks.
Other reviewers have dinged this as a beginner's book.
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