A Guide to Post Processing Your Images: Photo Nuts and Post

A Guide to Post Processing Your Images: Photo Nuts and Post


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I’m extremely excited today to be able to announce the launch of a much anticipated eBook – Photo Nuts and POST by Neil Creek.

  • In January 2010 we released the first eBook in this series – Photo Nuts and BOLTS which is all about understanding how your camera works and how to take full control of it.
  • In January 2011 we released Photo Nuts and SHOTS which built upon the first eBook to cover techniques and tools to use your camera to take great photos.
  • Today – January 2012 we release Photo Nuts and POST – which is all about what to do with your images once you’ve taken them.

While the first two Photo Nuts eBooks are all about taking the best photos possible (the only real place to start with great photos) – Photo Nuts and POST is about helping those photos to come to life.

What is it About?

This is not an eBook about making bad photos look amazing. Neil’s written two eBooks already emphasising the importance of getting the best possible photo when you take that photo. Rather this is an eBook about taking those photos and turning them into a finished, polished and appropriately prepared photo for whatever need you have (online sharing, printing or publishing).

As I wrote in the forward of this eBook:

For years my own approach was to avoid post-production; my mindset was that great photographers always got it right in camera anyway and that any processing work was somehow ‘fake’. Over time, however, I’ve come to see the benefit of some gentle processing on my images – not to hide anything but to bring them alive and to reflect the reality of the scenes and subjects that I capture.

While getting your photos right in camera is the only real place to start, this ebook is all about putting the tools and techniques in your hands to take those good images and lift them to new levels through post-production.

I was delighted to work with Neil on this ebook because his approach to post-production is similar to my own. I therefore trust that you’ll also enjoy learning about how post-production can help unleash the potential in your own images.


Who is Photo Nuts and POST for?

  • Those who want to process their photos and don’t know where to get started
  • Anyone who is skeptical about processing but is keen to explore it
  • Photographers who see amazing photos online and want their own photos to look like them
  • Anyone who struggles with an aspect of processing for eg – workflow or culling a big shoot
  • Anyone who has just started learning processing and wants to take it further

If you own a dSLR camera you owe it to yourself to learn about digital post processing.


  • What post processing software does this eBook teach? – this eBook is written to be as software-agnostic as possible, but by necessity some of the terminology and examples may be influenced by Neil’s personal choice of Adobe’s Lightroom. Screen shots of examples are mostly from Lightroom, but he has striven to keep them relevant to other software choices.
  • Can I read it on my iPad – yes. This eBook is a PDF and can be read on your computer or any other PDF reading device. To read it on your iPad simply download it to your computer and then upload it to iBooks (or any other PDF reading app).
  • Is it Guaranteed? – yes, like all of our eBooks if you buy a copy and find it doesn’t suit your needs just contact us within 60 days of purchase for a full no questions asked refund.
  • Is there a hard cover version? – Unfortunately not – we only do eBooks at this point in time.
  • Got Questions or Needing Help? – If you have any problems with the purchase or download simply contact our friendly support staff. Please include the name of the eBook you are asking for support on as well as your PayPal email address if you have made a purchase.

Special Launch Discount: 33% Off

To celebrate the launch of Photo Nuts and POST we’re offering it, for a limited time, for $19.99 – 33% off the normal price.

For more information on it check out the Photo Nuts and POST

Or to secure your copy directly, simply click the Download it Now button below.

You’ll be taken to a page where you can make your payment via PayPal or Credit card and get immediate access for download.


UPDATE: Buy today and go in the draw to win a DSLR, iMac or Photoshop and iPad.

nuts_post_-prizes-300px.jpegPick up a copy of Photo Nuts and Post before midnight (US Eastern time) 21 February and you’ll go in the draw to win one of the following great prizes to help you improve your photography.

  • a Canon 60D DSLR with 18-135mm lens – worth $1180 USD
  • a 21.5 inch Apple iMac (2.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 with 500GB Hard Drive) – worth $1199 USD
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 and a 16GB Wifi iPad 2 – worth $1200 USD

The winner will be chosen at random from those who purchase Photo Nuts and Post and will be given the choice of one of the above 3 prizes. This competition is open to buyers in any part of the world – we’ll ship the prize to you at no cost.

This competition is for a limited time only – so grab your copy of Photo Nuts and Post here today.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Carlo Cruzada May 9, 2012 03:42 pm

    Hi Darren,

    Did the draw take place for the promotion for this eBook? When did the draw took place? Please keep us posted

    Thanks and have a great day! :)


  • Buck Rogers May 7, 2012 07:38 am

    Bought this a few months ago, as I needed to take my post processing past the newbie stage.

    After a recent trip to the Grand Canyon (and several hundred shots taken on my D5100), I finally got around to reading through the entire book. Wow! It was such a huge help, allowing me to bring out the best in my photos!

    Highly recommend this book to anyone who is still somewhat in the newbie stage, and wants to take their post processing a step forward.

  • Vipul March 16, 2012 12:34 am

    Did the draw take place?

  • Al March 2, 2012 01:38 am

    Who Won?

  • TimeLord February 24, 2012 06:58 am

    So who's the winner. I haven't seen any posts/messages about the draw.

  • alvin February 21, 2012 02:05 am

    just bought a copy, I did a little browsing, seems great for the discounted price, the videos seems very helpful, thanks.

  • Darren Rowse February 20, 2012 12:38 pm

    Misty - you don't need to do anything further to be in the draw - anyone who purchases before 21 Feb is in the running.

  • Darren Rowse February 20, 2012 12:37 pm

    Hi Euroguy - to get this onto your iPad you need to download it to your computer and then upload it to your iPad from there.

  • Euroguy February 20, 2012 05:46 am

    I purchased the ebook and I don't manage to transfer it to my Ipad2 for reading it there in pdf, I sent a lot of emails to the help desk of this site and no answer is coming ! Very good for the reputation if you ask me.
    Maybe anybody can tell me how to arrange this, many thanks
    Kind regards

  • Pedro Mendes February 17, 2012 07:51 am

    This is a great resource. I've learned lots. If you'd care to read my review it's at http://lightcooler.blogspot.com/2012/02/photo-nuts-and-post-review.html


  • Misty February 17, 2012 12:41 am

    The password is on page 3 under the link to connect to the videos. Question for Darren does the purchase make an entry into the draw automatic as I didn't see anything further to confirm entry when I purchased the ebook. Thanks.
    For the question about other software, it is easily adaptable to other software and in my opinion would be just as beneficial to learn this information regardless of if you use lightroom or not. For example I have seen tutorials for PSE and have seen techniques and used the equivalent for editing in lightroom. A resourceful buy.

  • Kathy Detweiler February 15, 2012 08:25 am

    Bought the ebook and I've already used some of his instructions for my Cardinal pictures,love the results!
    BTW it says that video tutorials are included with the purchase of the book, but when I clicked on the link it takes me to a pass worded video link. How do I get the password?

  • Ray February 14, 2012 01:37 am

    Just purchased and after first few pages have a much better understanding of color concepts. Well written and easy to understand..

    Any way to be notified when there may be a discount on the other "nut" ebooks?

  • Sagar February 10, 2012 02:20 pm

    I just downloaded this book. Seems very Awesome :-) Also going through the videos. Thanks a lot DPS for this.
    I am also waiting for the DRAW :-D this is really great offer.. Great book and if lucky, great gift :-)

    Can't wait to get hands on IPAD2 :-)

    Many Thanks DPS Team.

  • Abhishek February 9, 2012 03:34 pm

    Me too! A great book. I just downloaded your free videos as well. Can't wait to see them all. And ya..I'm hoping to bag that Canon 60d too!!

  • Livio February 8, 2012 04:48 am

    I bought it a few min back and find it interesting. Somthing that I always use tot hink how do others get great photographs. NOW AM WAITING FOR THE LUCKY DRAW --- i need the CANON 60D DSLR

  • alvin February 8, 2012 12:33 am

    i want to avail a copy of this.

  • Debbie Borato February 4, 2012 05:40 pm

    I work in Photoshop Elements 7. Would the book apply to elements? Also, I like to process as much as possible in camera raw. Does the book cover much on camera raw processing?

  • Rob February 4, 2012 08:59 am

    I bought the eBook and love it. Fantastic information and even though I have been working with photos for years, I've always steered clear of processing because it seemed like too much extra work. Now, as I am reading, there is a desire to head back to some of my favorite (and not so favorite) photos and see what can be done to them. Thanks.

    The only problem I have, is that being far away in a foreign country, the videos are bang-your-head-against-the-wall slow. This is the third day now that I am trying to see just the first video, and it is almost (but not yet) at the 4 minute mark (of 10 minutes). Is there any way I could download them overnight so as to be able to watch them in all of their intended glory? Apart from that it is fantastic. Thanks for a great book.

  • Mokyz January 27, 2012 04:01 pm

    The book mention Lightroom... Will other software be relevant?

  • Marco January 27, 2012 07:52 am

    @stacey -- I don't know about this exact book, but since I use GIMP for my post-processing I often have to adapt tutorials from other software to find a way to do similar things in GIMP. If you need "step by step" this might not work for you, but if you just need ideas of what is possible and can use the example settings to adapt the process to your software this could be very helpful. Every PP software has the "unsharp mask" and the settings are very similar no matter what software you are using, so these are easily transferable. I have even found that "local contrast enhance" filters all seem to use the unsharp mask with different settings than sharpening uses and can be adapted across different software. Sometimes I just have to do a lot of trial and error to make a photoshop tutorial work in GIMP. But once a spend a few hours to figure it out, I have that tool available for the future.

  • Stacey January 27, 2012 07:27 am

    Would love to purchase this book but I only have photoshop, sounds like the books examples are mainly in Lightroom?

  • Bob Wyatt January 27, 2012 04:30 am

    A few questions.....
    How many pages
    Does it deal with portrait problems like correcting color casts on the skin

  • Laurie January 27, 2012 03:14 am

    I haven't read this book yet, but I think that optimising the post-processing part of your workflow is one of the best things you can do to improve your success rate. If you don't believe me, take a look here at how just a few seconds per photo can make an improvement


  • Neil January 26, 2012 03:55 pm

    Purchased this yesterday and have been gobbling it up. Especially enjoy Neil's walk throughs. Very pleased with this - straight forward intro and guide to post processing. Just what I was looking.

  • revs January 26, 2012 03:01 am

    Just purchased it, a quick flick through so far, and it looks quite good. Better than the $10 I waster earlier today on the very short 'Understanding Post Processing' (Mitchell Kanashkevic)

  • Emlyn January 25, 2012 11:55 pm

    I bought a copy a few hours ago and have just managed to skim through, it looks very interesting and nice to see that many if not all the screen dumps are from Lightroom, which makes me very happy. I like many others do the bulk of my editing in Lightroom and the rest where required in Photoshop. I am sure I will no be returning it for a refund.

  • Darren Rowse January 25, 2012 08:52 am

    Sonny - If you buy it and upon reading it don't find that it fits your needs or helps you in your post processing of your photography just email our team and we'll refund your purchase price.

  • Sonny January 25, 2012 08:46 am

    I'm thinking about purchasing the eBook. Can you explain what "guaranteed for 2 full months" means?

  • Erik Kerstenbeck January 25, 2012 04:35 am


    This looks like it is going to be a great read! I have been amazed by the mass of Post Processing Tools available, not just Lightroom, but litterally hundreads. To even trial some of these is a chore. I have focussed on Lightroom and Nikon NX2, simply because I have become familiar with them. I also use a number of plug ins from NIK and Topaz.

    Post does not have to be complicated. For this simple shot, B&W color conversion and them a bit of selective Un-B&W with Nikon NX2 - super simple and probably took 5 minutes max. It really makes this Dragon tattoo Pop!