Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage, O’Reilly Publishers

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.

Photographer

A PRESCRIPTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Vincent Versace
 
To quote Vincent,
“The belief is once you own a camera you are a photographer.

SO that means if I buy a cello…

then I own a cello.”

And to quote from his biography,

Vincent Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, is a six-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the best selling author of Welcome to Oz a Cinematic Approach Digital Still Photography with Photoshop and. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

Visit his website – http://versacephotography.com/

There is an extensive gallery posting – my recommendation is look at the set “People You Know”   Then go on to the rest.

CHARLES HEISTERKAMP, III, M.D.
 

 

 

Book Review – Build a Better Photograph

Build a Better Photograph – A Disciplined Approach to Creativity by Michael E. Stern

This is one of the more interesting photography books I have read during my sixty years doing photography. The four chapters of the book are; The Environmental Portrait, Compositing Techniques, 3D Scanning of Found Objects, and Great Product Photography. When just considering the topics, one might think this is a real potpourri of subjects.

But this is more than just a book of technique. The four chapters are autobiographical and reflect his philosophy and approach to developing a better photograph. In one sense, he allows the reader to “get into his thinking process” and that is important because it allows one to better understand how he has been successful.

He reveals in large part how he has marketed and negotiated his commercial contracts. I suspect some readers will be less interested in that aspect of his writings.

The book contains significant information on how Photoshop was used to achieve the specific photo discussed in each section. One soon realizes that a project requires an in-depth knowledge of digital imaging and how to use Photoshop. The examples are not for the neophyte in digital photography.

For those who are looking for the step-by-step technical aspects off digital imaging the book is accompanied by a CD which has several in-depth sections including tutorials covering specific operations or techniques in Photoshop. Also there are brief sections on understanding the basics of digital images, your monitor and printing.

This is primarily a book for photographers who wish to advance their capabilities. For those new to photography and Photoshop, I’d suggest studying the CD material first; then read the book.