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Some complain that digital capture is not pure photography and matters worsen once the digital image is pushed, pummeled and pampered in software. After all, ‘real’ artists use oils, acrylics, water colours etc, while ‘real’ photographers avoid trickery as they attempt to capture all the elements of shot at the moment of exposure.
Then there are those in the middle … and they’re having the time of their lives!
Theresa Airey’s large format book Beginner’s Guide to Digital Photo Art does the subject justice, suggesting that, as a digital camera owner, you can do more than just make happy-snap prints and turn your image into art — a collage, a sepia-toned sketch, a lovely print to hang on the wall, personalized cards for special events and much more.”
Many of the basic images shown in the book are close to ‘ordinary’ but, with Ms Airey’s help, you can transform them into eye-catching creations. One of the suggestions is collage creation, where tips are given on how to balance a group of images into a single ‘whole’.
Detailed suggestions are also offered on how to use image processing software to dress up your images, blending colour and mono toning.
However the main thrust of the book is a line of processes that involve inkjet transfers. In this approach you begin by making a print with a pigmented ink printer. The image is then transferred to water colour paper and finally ‘laid onto’ a firm base, such as a wooden plaque. The results of all this effort are startling, with a texture reminiscent of a genuine water colour painting.
Another suggestion: using special Lazertran decal paper you can transfer images to solid surfaces.
The book includes a full list of techniques and materials suppliers to take digital images to places you have never thought of!
Author: T Airey
Publisher: Lark Books
ISBN: 1 57990 775 X
Length: 110 pages
Buy: At the time of publishing this review Beginner’s Guide to Digital Photo Art is available at Amazon for $13.57 (32% discount)