We recently launched a challenge that invites Safari Books Online subscribers to write a book or video review and in exchange for their review, we’ll enter their name into a drawing to win an eReader of their choice. We also invited non-subscribers to sign up for a free trial of Safari Books Online so they could get in on this challenge. The more reviews they write and share, the greater their chances of winning.
The following video was reviewed by Peter Tran, a Safari Books Online subscriber:
Here’s an overview of the video:
“Join Scott Kelby for his most comprehensive Photo to Photoshop workflow class yet. Start in a bare studio and build an entire lighting rig from the ground up. Next is the photo shoot where Scott covers everything, including proper makeup techniques for studio lighting. Finally, take the images to Lightroom for editing, then to Photoshop for the final retouch.”
Here is Peter’s review:
I was pleasantly surprised that Safari Books Online had Scott Kelby’s videos available. I watched “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It, Part 1”. In these set of videos, Scott walks you through on how to tether the camera (for studio shots) and setting up the lighting condition. He shows the layout and position of the studio light as well at the type of lighting equipment to use. He then does several shots demonstrating how to adjust the lights as well as the camera setting to get the correct exposure using a trial and error approach. From there he moves on to different retouching techniques (aka post processing) in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Photoshop. The retouching lessons are broken into 3 different lessons. The first lesson covers how to tag the “keepers” in Lightroom and how to fix the white balance across multiple photos. He also shows how to heal small blemishes all within Lightroom. In the second lesson, Scott spends a lot of time demonstrating some enhancements done in Photoshop that can’t be done in Lightroom. The amusing part was when he tried to fix the shape of the eyes. This is an eye (pun-intended) opener and makes you realize that what you see in a photo may not be what you really shot. The final lesson covers how fix a photo if you import the picture into a different setting where the colorcast is different. This was a really neat trick to see in action. The benefit of watching a video is you can see actual changes in the photo as they occur. The bad part is if you’re not familiar with these tools, it may feel that things are moving to quickly (keyboard short-cuts) and may require multiple viewings. Moreover, you don’t have access to the same photos to follow along these changes. I think these videos are definitely beneficial and can be used in tandem with a good Photoshop/Lightroom book to reinforce your understanding of these tools. Overall, one can definitely learn some pointers when seeing a professional in action as opposed to just reading a book.
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