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From Barnes & NobleThe Digital Photographer's Notebook is both an expert primer on the entire life cycle of the digital image and an inspiration. Impressive, but that won't surprise readers of Kevin Ames's column in Photoshop User. Some themes here will be familiar to his longtime readers, but Ames's techniques are fully updated for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge's newest capabilities. And they all reflect his 30 years of experience (nearly 15 with digital).
Your image, Ames says, should be as right as possible before you open Photoshop. His shooting guidance will help mightily. Next: image management -- workflow, archiving, metadata. Not your forte? Follow Ames's approach and you're golden. Ames then turns to color correction and Adobe Camera Raw 4 (including RAW retouching to remove sensor dust.) There's great coverage of B&W, making portrait subjects skinnier, and using Merge to HDR to "light without lights." For serious photographers, this book's an indispensable pleasure. Bill Camarda, from the October 2007 Read Only