Decent overview of time-lapse techniques for beginners. Not enough depth on the important technique of bramping. You'll learn what it is, but not howDecent overview of time-lapse techniques for beginners. Not enough depth on the important technique of bramping. You'll learn what it is, but not how to do it. No depth at all on motion control - only a list of resources. And it's not the author's fault, but some of the controllers discussed are no longer available. They Kickstarted, sold through one run, and died. Also, gratuitous use of unnecessary apostrophes....more
Superb techniques for creating hue variation and saturation. Innovative ideas for pulling masks from LAB channels, and using channel blending insteadSuperb techniques for creating hue variation and saturation. Innovative ideas for pulling masks from LAB channels, and using channel blending instead of selections. Verbose and eccentric. Best Photoshop book I've read in a long time. Wish I'd read it sooner....more
Most books teach the science/craft of post-processing, with a little bit of the "art" that makes each person's style unique. This book flips the equatMost books teach the science/craft of post-processing, with a little bit of the "art" that makes each person's style unique. This book flips the equation upside down by attempting to focus on the "art" side of post-processing. Writing about the less tangible, more mysterious and personal aspects of the craft of pushing pixels around in RAW files is a difficult task.
The book begins with 90 pages about finding your voice that I didn't connect with, followed by an introduction to most of the adjustment panels, and then 20 examples of processing RAW files. Kudos to the author/publisher for providing DNG files for the images for download. The best way to learn post-processing is hands-on.
Processing the 20 DNG files in the second half of the book will work pretty well as a Lightroom primer for beginners. If you've already gone beyond the Basic panel in Lightroom and are already using tone curves and local adjustments, there may not be much here for you.
As an experienced Lightroom user and instructor, I had two major issues with the techniques presented in this book:
1. On multiple image examples the Exposure is pushed beyond clipping and Recovery is used to pull back the blown highlights. Setting the white point with Exposure and then using Brightness to control the Lights would yield better highlight protection and image contrast. Only use Recovery when necessary. 2. Clarity is over used in many cases due to completely glossing over capture sharpening. Balancing lower Clarity settings with more attention to capture sharpening can give you more control and subtlety.
I don't want to downplay the importance of experimentation and play that are core to duChemin's thesis -- these are hugely important ideas that are key to keeping your work creative and fresh. However, it's important to note that most beginning and intermediate photographers who want to learn Lightroom would be better off reading Martin Evening's book first to develop strong fundamentals as a springboard to heading off into these more difficult territories of vision and voice.
Everyone reacts differently to teaching styles and methodologies. Just because I didn't connect with the author's style doesn't mean you won't love this book. I recommend checking out duChemin's blog and affordable Ebooks to see if his way of explaining the art side of post-processing is for you. ...more