Photoshop CS4 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book

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Using field-tested methods and practical instruction in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, this book reveals eye-opening techniques, terrific workflow ideas, and timesaving ways to apply a broad array of Photoshop tools to optimize digital images of nature. You’ll encounter spectacular photographs from exotic places around the world shot by the authors, as well as tips and examples from some of the most esteemed professional nature photographers. In addition, the CD-ROM includes more than 60 minutes of video ...

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Overview

Using field-tested methods and practical instruction in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, this book reveals eye-opening techniques, terrific workflow ideas, and timesaving ways to apply a broad array of Photoshop tools to optimize digital images of nature. You’ll encounter spectacular photographs from exotic places around the world shot by the authors, as well as tips and examples from some of the most esteemed professional nature photographers. In addition, the CD-ROM includes more than 60 minutes of video training as well as sample images to help you practice the techniques featured in the book.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470381274
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Anon is an accomplished nature photographer. Her images have been in numerous gallery shows and are in collections on several continents; they are also used in calendars, posters, books, and elsewhere. She teaches photography and Photoshop workshops for nature photographers around the country and is the coauthor of Aperture Exposed: The Mac Photographer's Guide to Taming the Workflow.

Josh Anon is a technical director at Pixar Animation Studios and has been a nature photographer for over half his life. His work has appeared in a variety of media. On weekends when he's not shooting, he teaches photography workshops. Both Ellen and Josh's images are represented by the prestigious Jaynes Gallery.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Thinking Digitally.

Photographic Techniques.

Choosing RAW versus JPEG.

What’s So Great about RAW?

Advantages and Disadvantages of Shooting JPEGs.

Understanding Histograms.

Types of Histograms.

Interpreting Histograms.

Exposure.

“Expose Right” by Michael Reichmann.

White Balance in Nature Photography.

Color Management.

Monitor Calibration.

Photographing Elements to Composite Later.

Expanding Camera Capabilities.

Photographing Parts of the Scene Individually.

Image Components.

Ethical Considerations.

Aperture and Lightroom.

Storage Considerations.

Chapter 2 Bridge.

Customizing Bridge.

Setting Bridge Preferences.

Downloading Images.

Creating a Metadata Template.

Renaming Your Images After Import.

Bridge Views and Workspaces.

Filmstrip Views.

Other Views.

Recognizing the Icons.

Stacking Images.

Sorting and Editing.

Zooming and Comparing Images.

Rating Images.

Labeling Images.

Using the Filter Panel.

Creating Collections.

Using Keywords.

Additional Features.

Chapter 3 Adobe Camera Raw.

Using the ACR Interface.

Seeing Your Image Within ACR.

Cropping and Rotating Within ACR.

Using the Spot Removal Tool.

Controlling the Default Appearance of Your Image.

Using the Basic Tab.

Setting White Balance.

Adjusting Tonalities.

Using the Recovery and Fill Light Sliders.

Using the Brightness and Contrast Sliders.

Modifying Saturation.

Setting the Other Tabs.

Setting the Tone Curves: The Tone Curve Tab.

Sharpening and Reducing Noise: The Detail Tab.

Correcting Color: The HSL/Grayscale Tab.

Alternate Interpretations: The Split Toning Tab.

Fixing Aberration and Vignetting: The Lens Corrections Tab.

Accounting for Camera Variation: The Camera Calibration Tab.

Preset Tab.

Making Localized Adjustments.

Using the Adjustment Brush.

Using the Graduated Filter.

Setting ACR Workflow Options and Saving Files.

Choosing the Space.

Choosing the Depth.

Choosing the File Size and Resolution.

Opening an Image as a Smart Object.

Finishing Up in ACR.

Batch-Converting Multiple Images.

Chapter 4 Foundations.

Customizing Settings.

Color Settings.

Preferences.

Views and Zoom.

Application Bar.

Windows and Workspaces.

Zoom Tool.

Hand Tool.

Navigator Panel.

Navigating by Keyboard Shortcuts.

Selection Tools.

The Lasso Tool.

The Magnetic Lasso.

The Magic Wand.

The Quick Selection Tool.

Using the Refine Edge Controls.

Combining Tools.

Saving and Loading Selections.

The Brush Tools.

Brushes Panel.

The History Brush.

Building Tool Knowledge.

Chapter 5 Workflows and First Steps.

Understanding Layers.

Flexible and Traditional Workflows.

Smart Objects.

Smart Filters.

The Flexible Workflow.

The Traditional Workflow.

Cropping and Straightening in Photoshop.

Cropping.

Straightening Horizons.

Doing Cleanup in Photoshop.

The Photoshop Cleanup Tools.

Zooming, Navigating, and Layering for Cleanup.

Removing Dust.

Removing an Undesirable Object.

Creating New Background on Empty Canvas.

Chapter 6 Exposure Adjustments.

Shooting for Optimal Exposure.

Using CS4 Adjustment Panel.

Tonal Adjustments with Levels.

Revealing Detail.

Targeting Adjustments Using a Layer Mask.

Masking a Selection.

Using the Color Range Option.

Painting on a Mask.

Blurring the Layer Mask.

Curves.

Clipping Preview.

Anchor Points.

Curves Presets.

Creating a Virtual Split Neutral-Density Filter.

Safe Dodge and Burn Layers.

Setting Up.

Painting with Light.

Correcting Mistakes.

The Shadow/Highlight Adjustment.

Emphasizing Your Subject.

Chapter 7 Color Adjustments.

Recognizing Color Casts.

Using Hue/Saturation to Reveal a Color Cast.

Using the Info Panel to Reveal a Color Cast.

Removing Color Casts.

Subjective Methods for Removing a Color Cast.

Objective Method for Removing a Color Cast.

Adding a Color Cast.

Modifying Colors to Match Nature or Add Impact.

Adjusting Hue and Saturation.

Adjusting Vibrance versus Saturation.

Fine-Tuning with Selective Color.

Layer Masks and Color Adjustments.

Chapter 8 Composites.

Creating Panoramas.

In-Camera Considerations.

Photomerge.

Matching the Exposures of Each Segment of the Panorama.

Expanding Dynamic Range.

Expanding Latitude Manually.

The “Cookbook” Approach to Expanding Latitude.

Expanding Latitude via Merge to HDR.

Extending the Depth of Field.

Manual Method.

Automatic Method.

Combining Elements from Multiple Pictures.

Advanced Selection Methods.

Compositing the Elements.

Replacing a Sky or Other Background.

Chapter 9 Creative Effects.

Black and White.

Converting to Black and White.

Colorizing Black-and-White Images.

Filters.

Using Smart Filters on Smart Objects.

Using Filters Without Smart Objects.

Blurs.

The Liquify Filter.

Using the Filter Gallery.

Digital Montages.

Blending Modes.

Surreal Montages.

Mirror or Flip Montages.

Mirror Images.

Multiple-Subject Montages.

Digital Multiple Exposures.

Chapter 10 Output.

Output Workflow.

Duplicating the Image.

Resizing.

Reducing Noise.

Printing Your Images.

Soft Proofing.

Configuring the Print Settings.

Choosing the Best Paper.

Adding Borders.

Creating Business and Greeting Cards.

Creating a Business Card.

Creating the Print Layout.

Using Adobe Output Module.

Contact Sheets.

Creating a Web Gallery.

Chapter 11 Time-Savers.

Actions and Batch Processing.

Creating an Action.

Advanced Controls in Actions.

Batch Processing.

Creating a Droplet.

Using the Image Processor.

Creating a Copyright Brush.

Individualizing Keyboard Shortcuts.

Appendix About the Companion CD.

Index.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

    Comprehensive on key photoshop techniques a nature photographer should know.

    I added this book to my photography library to understand key Photoshop CS4 techniques specifically used for nature photography. Photoshop is a very complex tool and can be difficult to use. This book has been extremely helpful as an educational tool which focuses on using the application for nature photography. I found the chapters on exposure adjustments, color adjustments, and sharpening very helpful. Also informative is the chapter which discusses creating panoramas.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Excellent book for the intermediate to advanced user

    This is a well written, clear, concise book. It is the kind of reference you will keep next to your computer while working in Photoshop CS4. The user with a moderate amount of Photoshop experience will probably benefit the most from this book.

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