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Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

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“David duChemin’s images of people and landscapes never feel posed or artificial. There is a dignity and intimacy to his portraits of people living in impoverished conditions...This book is highly recommended for photographers seeking to refine their voice and style.”

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What if your image could only communicate one thing: one major idea, overarching theme, or driving emotion? If you identified this, you'd discover your vision for that image-the internal, invisible guiding principle that directs both how you capture the image and how you develop it in the digital darkroom.
Without vision, you likely find yourself flailing both behind the camera and in front of the computer-indiscriminately shooting and arbitrarily moving sliders in hopes of stumbling upon something great every once in a while. With vision, you bring direction and intention to both the creation and development of all your images.
"Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" is about identifying your vision and using Lightroom's Develop module to give voice-that outward expression-to your vision. Photographer David duChemin begins with the fundamentals of a vision-driven workflow, where he discusses everything from vision and style, to the importance of mood and color, to the crucial role of histograms and of getting the best possible digital negative to work with. After demonstrating how the Develop module's tools affect the aesthetics of your image, duChemin then offers a straightforward approach to developing your images in accordance with your own personal vision: identify your intention, minimize the distractions, maximize the mood, and draw the viewer's eye-all while leaving room for play and serendipity. Finally, duChemin applies this approach to 20 of his photographs as he takes you into his own digital darkroom and, beginning with the original RAW file, works step by step through the development of the final image.

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321670094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321670090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on July 21, 2010
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Most of the books about using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop explain to a greater or lesser degree what the sliders, buttons and menus do to change the look of an image, but most don't try to tell you how to put together these effects to create an artistic picture. This is David duChemin's goal in "Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom".

The book starts out with a few chapters devoted to explaining what the author means by vision and voice. He says that every photograph really contains three images: the one the author had in mind when he took the picture, the one captured by the camera and the one created in post processing. He then goes on to discuss a vision-driven workflow, emphasizing intention, aesthetics, and process. He lays out a few principles next, like making blacks black, utilizing the histogram and even shooting in raw. He then discusses each of the tools in the develop module of Lightroom, but rather then give you a technical explanation, he offers his ideas about how those tools can contribute to the photographer achieving his or her vision. He finishes the book with twenty of his own images (much like Ansel Adams, in "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs") in which he provides step by step descriptions of how he used Lightroom to transform those images into what he envisioned. There are copies of the images on-line that one can download to follow duChemin as he works the digital captures.
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First, a warning. This is NOT a book that goes into every menu and submenu in Lightroom and explains what the sliders do. If you want that kind of book, try the latest from Scott Kelby or Deke McLelland or a variety of others.

Next, a threat. If you bought this book thinking it was an item by item how to, and then trash it online, I'm going to break a chain letter rather than send it on to you and you'll have 7 years bad luck. Seriously, though. If this isn't what you thought it was when you bought it, return it or sell it. That wouldn't be the book's fault.

Finally, the gold star review...

DuChemin has several titles that talk about vision and voice. Many of them are very inexpensive eBooks available on his website,[...]. It's taken me about a year to understand what he's saying. I've got the voice part down, thanks to this book. When you see a picture from Ansel Adams or Anne Liebowitz, you don't need to see the signature to know who took it. In other creative genres, when you read about a hard-boiled detective, you know it is Hammet or not. Same with Monet or Picasso. They all have a voice.

Vision is a little harder to explain. When you take a picture, there was something that made you choose what to include or leave out, something that drew you to put camera to eye, something you wanted to capture. When you begin post processing, that initial view is rarely what you had in your mind. Vision is taking the image and making it tell the story you intended to tell, the way you wanted to tell it.

The first third of this book tries to explain both of these complimentary concepts in much more detail and in a much clearer manner than I've done here.
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In my experience, books in the creative professions either have a bias toward the technical or the philosophical. It's clear which side of that continuum is more popular these days. It seems that the demand for "how to" is at an all time high... which is understandable given how much there is to learn how to use. That said, the "why" questions really ought to come first but at the pace the photo world is running, it doesn't seem that there's room for inconveniences like finding a personal vision and expressing a unique voice.

Then, along comes duChemin with this gift: a philosophically driven, technically sound book on putting Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom in its appropriate place... behind the artists vision... as instrumental for expressing one's voice. The technique isn't the end with this work... it's the means.

At first, I was nervous at the scope of ambition this book took on. But, in the end, the author does not disappoint. Making the case for placing vision central but then giving technical insight on what, when and how demystifies Lightroom as a tool while giving context to why its function can so ably serve its master... namely, the creative wielding that tool.

This is both an inviting book for the new photographer and reframe for those of us who've been at it for a while. I was genuinely inspired as I read and was moved to see my world a little differently because of it. More than inspiration though, it went one critical step further and offered me what I needed to more ably make good on my new dreams thanks to Adobe's powerful tool (the unsung hero in this review).

I believe this is the third book penned for photographers by deChemin. I hope he's just getting started though. When it comes to vision and voice, he's certainly found his. That said, I believe his legacy will be in how he empowers an industry to go further still.

This is a brilliant work and I highly recommend it.
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