The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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About the Author
He is also President of the online training, education, and publishing firm, KelbyOne.
Scott is a photographer, designer, and award-winning author of more than 50 books, including The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image, The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers, and The Digital Photography Book, parts 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Matt Kloskowski is the Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and co-host of The Grid, the popular weekly online show about all things photography. Both Scott and Matt live in the Tampa Bay area.
- Item Weight : 2.34 pounds
- Paperback : 427 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321947802
- Publisher : New Riders Pub; 1st edition (December 17, 2013)
- Product dimensions : 8 x 0.75 x 10 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #719,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is very useful if you already have a basic understanding of Elements. It is a good resource for learning specific features of the software. But it is definitely not for people that are new to Elements.
To be fair, I don't know if any one book could teach one all or even most of what Elements can do, but I'm pretty sure this one doesn't. It does show reasonably well how to organize your files and then make many of the basic improvements that some of the most popular types of photographs are likely to need. While it does show some special effects it's emphasis is on refining the workflow and making the best of the data your files have to offer. In other words the book shows how one can almost always do a better job of processing the data the camera recorded than the camera's algorithms do. And that is a good thing.
What I did not like about the book is its tone and style. The attitude of the two authors and especially Scott Kelby seems to be that Elements is hard and you, reader, are an idiot. So I will be chatty, make sophomoric jokes and wander off into irrelevant drivel and somehow that will help.
Well, in terms of knowledge of photography and of Elements, compared to Scott Kelby I am an idiot. But I didn't really buy the book to be reminded of that. If one can get past the style or, hard as it is for me to imagine, if one likes the style, there's good information here to take one to what I'd call a competent, but not advanced user level. But I won't be buying another of Scott Kelby's books, and I would suggest that one should take a good look inside before buying this one.
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Although I am still working through the book, it is, as you would expect from these two Authors, well written and the techniques are very well explained, some times perhaps a little bit too much, but then if you are new to post processing this would be extremely helpfull.
One of the major benefits of this book is that you don't need to have read, say Chapter 1, in order to understand what is going on in all the other chaperters; the exception being the very last Chapter. Hence you can dip in to it when and where you need.
I only have one criticism of the book, the illustrations are comparatively tiny, I appreciate that I am not 18 any more, but even a sharp eyed 18 year old would struggle to see the tiny details with or without the aid of a magnifying glass.
Apart from that, yes it is a book I would recommend, it teaches many techniques that I would have ordinarily stayed away from thinking they were far too complex, but, not they way they are explained in this book. I have learnt much!!!