This is the cover of the new book that Katrin Eismann and I have written. We have been working on this for quite a while and it feels great to finally see the finished product. Well, almost, that is. The book is at the printer now and any time now (perhaps even as I type) ink will be hitting the paper and the sheets will be rolling off the press. I cannot say exactly when it will be on store shelves, but based on what information I have been able to gather, it should be by Dec. 18th or 19th. Here's a link to the book's page at Amazon.
Katrin and I have been teaching digital imaging to photographers for quite a while and in this book our goal is to present a clear guide for working in the digital darkroom that explains not only the How and the When, but also the Why. The book covers Photoshop CS3 and as well as some of the development module capabilities of Photoshop Lightroom. But in addition to teaching what I like to call the Photoshop "dance steps", we also go into some of the more conceptual reasons behind why you might choose to lighten or darken specific areas of an image, and how to identify the basic visual components in an image in order to decide how those areas might be treated in order to enhance the whole photograph.
Katrin and I were both photographers long before there was Photoshop and our respect for the history of photography and the integrity of the photographic image as a creative medium is a big part of this book. We're also honored that Stephen Johnson, a pioneer in the field of large format digital fine art photography, has contributed his thoughts and perspective in the Foreword for the book.
Here's a list of the chapters:
1. Silver to Silicon
2. Digital Nuts and Bolts
3. Scan, Develop and Organize
4. File Preparation
5. Tone and Contrast
6. Dodging, Burning and Exposure Control
7. Color Correction
8. Creative Color
9. Creative Enhancements
10. Enhancing Focus
By the time the book hits the store shelves, a companion web site will be posted where you can download most of the tutorial images featured in the book.
*Upcoming Workshops *
My next workshop will be a 5-day class called Digital Black and White at the Lepp Institute along the beautiful central California coast February 18-22. Click the link for a course description.