Friday, 4 October 2013

On the Bookshelf: The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers

A somewhat wordy title, I'll admit, but it least it means that it doesn't need a blurb of any sort.

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

One of the early titles we were recommended to buy whilst studying photography at university was Photoshop-guru Scott Kelby's The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers. I already had a couple of years experience with Photoshop and we were also taught to use the programme in workshops, so I thought that buying this book would be unnecessary.

How wrong I was. Three and-a-half years later, after finishing my degree, I decided to buy it. Having worked through this 377-page tome almost from cover to cover, I can safely say that I wish I had bought it whilst at uni: the end results of the hundreds of hours poured into various projects would probably have looked considerably better had I done so.

But such is life, and we must move on. As you have probably deduced by now, what I am trying to say is that The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers is a good book. If you are a photographer of any sort who uses Photoshop, it is well worth buying the version of this book relevant to your copy of Photoshop.

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

From the basics such as 'colour correction' and 'creating stunning black and white images', through to 'creating HDR images' and 'step-by-step printing and colour management', Kelby's book is not only comprehensive, but is laid out in a very clear, user-friendly manner. And if that isn't enough, it's littered with random humour too.

Even if, like me, you are a photographer who prefers to spend more time behind the lens than behind a computer screen, you will still find that this book is endlessly useful in helping you to get the best out of your photographs in post-production without losing the 'authenticity' of your unprocessed image. Purchasing this book not a question of needs and wants in my humble opinion - it's just a matter of common sense.

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Available to buy from Waterstones as well...

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