Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking

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Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is a complete view of a creative project from the artist's perspective. Julieanne Kost, a Photoshop and creative thinking expert, has taken her own experience shooting images out of commercial airplane windows to create a unique creative seminar.

The first section of the book, The Art of Creative Thinking: The Principles, outlines Julieanne's method for staying creative in an increasingly complicated world. In her...

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Overview

Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is a complete view of a creative project from the artist's perspective. Julieanne Kost, a Photoshop and creative thinking expert, has taken her own experience shooting images out of commercial airplane windows to create a unique creative seminar.

The first section of the book, The Art of Creative Thinking: The Principles, outlines Julieanne's method for staying creative in an increasingly complicated world. In her personal stories, advice, and philosophies, you'll find inspiration if you're stuck or just can't get started. You may recognize some of your own less-than-productive thought processes as she describes her own struggle to let go of the everyday flotsam of life to find a quiet mental space in which she can think, dream, and create.

The second part of the book, Window Seat: The Portfolio, is a collection of images culled from over 3000 photographs Julieanne shot from commercial airplane windows over a period of five years. The photographs are accompanied by brief commentaries addressing various aspects of the process, from the original inspiration to issues of control, subject matter, image selection, and manipulation.

The Appendix contains technical information: a discussion of the equipment and media Julieanne used to shoot the photos; how she processed the photographs using Adobe Camera Raw; the Photoshop techniques she employed to correct, retouch, and manipulate the images; her personal file management system; and how she prepares her files for printing.

This book is essential reading for photographers and artists looking for ways to stay creatively awake, aware, and alive.

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Julieanne Kost travels the world preaching a powerful message: You can find breakthrough creativity, new ways to see the world, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. She’s living proof. Trapped for 200 days a year in tiny, cramped airline window seats, she’s found breathtaking new ways to capture earth and sky. Those images burst from the pages of Window Seat: a glorious portfolio that doubles as a wonderfully inspiring primer on human creativity.

Kost begins with 18 ways to hone creativity, in an essay you can read in a half hour and savor for a lifetime. Then, there are the images: farmland and bridges, gullies and levees, moon and sunrise, clouds and even haze. Once you’ve fallen in love with them, you’ll want to know how they were created. Kost complies with a full chapter covering everything from Photoshop tonal adjustments to avoiding unwanted reflections. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100834
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/11/2006
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 722,257
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Julieanne Kost's foray into Photoshop began in 1993 when she joined Adobe Systems in a technical support role for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. Two years later, she took on an in-house design role creating educational content for several of Adobe's products, including user guides, tutorials, and the "Classroom in a Book" series.She now serves as the Senior Digital Imaging Evangelist at Adobe, educating designers, photographers, teachers, and fine artists. A passionate photographer herself, Julieanne lectures on creativity and Photoshop topics at prominent industry events, fine art and photography schools, and numerous conferences around the world.She is the guiding force behind the Photoshop Fundamentals and Advanced Photoshop Techniques training DVDs published by Software Cinema and is the cofounder, with her husband Daniel Brown, of www.adobeevangelists.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    A Great Lesson in Seeing

    As a digital photographer myself, I found Julieanne's book quite remarkable as a unique project born from a fresh look at the beauty around us that we often take for granted during the normal humdrum of our lives. Seeing something unique within our common surroundings and applying some simple tools results in both art and a realized vision. She provides the reader valuable information about her visualization process and actual image process. This work is one that I will visit from time to time...both for relaxation and new ideas. She gets the creative juices flowing. Highly recommended.

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