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The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography

Book Description

In The Way of the Digital Photographer, master photographer and digital artist Harold Davis shows you how to make digital photography an art form. Great digital photographs need both camera and computer to be truly extraordinary. Using detailed examples and case studies from his own work, Davis provides myriad ideas you can use in your own work, and he shows you how to unlock your own creativity to make those special images you have always dreamed of! Readers discover how to effectively use post-processing techniques and gain insight as to how the techniques and steps involved can inform their choices when making a photo and in postproduction workflow.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Digital Photography Is Painting
    1. First things first
      1. The camera to use
      2. JPEG versus RAW
      3. Photoshop prejudices
      4. Photoshop CC
      5. Make sure to open images as windows, not tabs
    2. Seeing is about light
    3. It all starts with a layer
    4. Working with layer masks
      1. Creating a layer stack
      2. Combining two exposures with a Hide All layer mask
      3. Using a Reveal All layer mask to combine two exposures
    5. Using the Brush Tool
      1. Selective sharpening
    6. Working with gradients
      1. Using the Gradient Tool to seamlessly blend two layers
    7. Drawing directly on a layer
    8. Introducing blending modes
    9. Screen blending mode
      1. Using Screen for selective lightening
    10. Multiply blending mode
    11. Blending mode categories
      1. Testing the blending mode categories
    12. Comparative blending
    13. Workflow
    14. Do it on your iPhone: Slow Shutter Cam
  8. Multi-RAW and Hand-HDR Processing
    1. Multi-RAW processing
      1. Expanding tonal range with multi-RAW processing
      2. All roads lead to Photoshop
      3. Adjusting exposure selectively
    2. Hand-HDR
      1. Shooting a bracketed sequence for hand-HDR
      2. May the force be with your florals
    3. Automated HDR
      1. Automated HDR programs
    4. Do it on your iPhone: PhotoForge
  9. Enhancement to Glory
    1. Workflow redux
      1. Checkpoints
    2. Tripping the light fantastic
      1. Why be average?
      2. First pair: Multiply and Screen blending modes
      3. Third pair: Glamour Glow and Tonal Contrast
      4. A second helping of HDR
      5. Pushing the boundaries: Pixel Bender
      6. Some other painterly filters
    3. Using LAB inversions
      1. Understanding the LAB color model
    4. Black and white
    5. Backgrounds and textures
      1. Blending a background with an image
      2. Using textures to change the scene
    6. Do it on your iPhone: Lo-Mob and Plastic Bullet
  10. Resources
    1. Notes
      1. Digging deeper
      2. Come visit my blog
      3. Software
      4. Monitor calibration
      5. Following the path
    2. Glossary
  11. Index