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The Creative Digital Darkroom by Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan is a 400 page extravaganza filled with everything you could possibly want to know about the digital darkroom and the tools surrounding it. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks taking this book with me everywhere, reading a chapter here and a chapter there, making notes, and one thing I’ve learned is that I know hardly anything about my “digital workspace” by comparison to what this book teaches so very well…
Does anyone remember the smell of the darkroom? The Creative Digital Darkroom starts out just before you walked out of the darkroom and wandered into digital photography.
There is so much to take in with this book, it’s best to do it chapter at a time – I found. The book guides you step by step through pretty much everything you’ll need to know, from buying a computer to choosing a color profile. A very well written book with a lot of thought having obviously gone into making it easy to follow, The creative Digital Darkroom is a great book for intermediate to advanced photographers wishing to grasp the sometimes often scary concepts behind working with some of the powerful software packages available today.
The main software packages talked about in The Creative Digital Darkroom are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw and Bridge as they are the software packages that the two writers use on a daily basis. In reading the book for this write up, I’ve learned about a million things that I wasn’t doing, or, didn’t know about and therefore didn’t use within my digital developing and editing process.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a “quick fix” book. This one goes way beyond that with very inticate tutorials on each and every aspect of all of the functions you might find within Photoshop or Lightroom, it shows you exactly how to use Camera RAW – which settings to use, why to use them and how they will benefit you, this book helps make informed decisions on all of your editing be it in Photoshop, Lightroom or indeed any other software package you might choose – the principles within the book are very easily adaptable.
The authors are not just handing you a list of “click this” instructions, they’re trying to teach you how to “listen” to an image, to make you think about what that image really means to you. You’re helped to see how, from a selection of images you can choose, or rather, how you are drawn to a certain one to become your final product.
From the moment you shoot a frame, save it onto your computer, open it with an application, edit it, store it, export it, print it, upload it to the web and then back it up, you’ll have a definitive list of things that you can learn from this book, The Creative Digital Darkroom. With many great illustrations and examples throughout, I found this a very good read and a real thought provoker.
The author Katrin Eismann, an internationally acclaimed artist, bestselling author, and gifted educator uses high-profile work, including her own, as examples for teaching photographers how to use the digital medium to create, edit, and output images that reflect her true vision. Co-authored by photographer and teacher Sean Duggan this book is a true wealth of information – if I can call it that.
It’s not the cheapest book on this subject that you’re going to come across, but it’s certainly true of this publication at least, you get what you pay for. You can get it now on Amazon on special for $31.49 (37% off).
I give it nine stars, easily.
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