Good Sources for Digital Photography Tips

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Kyle Boatright, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. I'm a recent adopter of digital after retiring my 20 year old film SLR
    outfit. Therefore, I don't know squat about enhancing digital photo's...

    Are there any good publications out there that address this? Even better,
    are there some good on-line resources?

    Thanks in advance...
     
    Kyle Boatright, Apr 10, 2005
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    Dave, Apr 10, 2005
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    Ken Ellis Guest

    Aint it great Kyle...So there is so much stuff on the web..tutorials,
    etc. But, like anything else you need to know what yout looking for.
    My suggestion is to buy Scott Kelbys "The Photoshop Book for Digital
    Photographers" (comes in CS or ver 7 flavors). Can't praise it enough
    for it's readablitiy, parsimony, and usefulness. Beyond that, check on
    amazon for used copies of Katrin Eismann's books: "Masking and
    Compositing" and "Restoration and Retouching". Betwean these
    you'll get a usable grasp of setting up photoshop, workflow and
    organization, the basic tools and techniques, key combos, how to's,
    etc..

    You will find it a bit easier searching out things on the web -
    because you have some idea of what your looking for and
    a lexicon to employ.

    I suggest this rather than screwing around on the web..because
    these are organised, concise, and complimentary; and affordable
    as well (buy used).

    regards and well wishes
    Ken
     
    Ken Ellis, Apr 10, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    ... or, for those not yet prepared to drop $600 or so on an
    editor, there's also a version for Photoshop Elements 3.0
    (which is only $100, and can often be found even cheaper).
    P
     
    John Francis, Apr 10, 2005
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    Ken Ellis Guest

    Excellent idea. In fact, you know i think everytime i buy some imaging
    device i get a copy of that. The good thing beyond the savings is that
    the concepts remain the same. I think elements would be nice to
    start with - especially if free. You can get a pretty good deal on
    photoshop 7 these days. I'd take that over elements - and it can
    be extremely affordable. The techniques in the books i suggested
    will remain valid for a good time to come i think and into a
    subsequent release.

    rgds
    Ken
     
    Ken Ellis, Apr 10, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    The one drawback to that approach is that Photoshop 7
    is no longer being updated to recognise the RAW file
    formats of the newest DSLRs. The version of Adobe
    Camera Raw that works in Photoshop CS also works in
    Elements 3.0, but not in Photoshop 7 (or Elements 2).

    So, unfortunately, Photoshop 7 is not as good a deal
    for digital photographers as it may be for other users.
     
    John Francis, Apr 10, 2005
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    Bubbabob Guest

    I second your recommendation.
     
    Bubbabob, Apr 10, 2005
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    Ken Ellis Guest

    Good point. I know i use a cannon util to edit my raw and then have
    to convert the file to a tiff. Still, depends on what the original
    poster has...and the books are for CS & 7 anyway. So..still my
    suggestion as far as reading go.

    rgds
    Ken
     
    Ken Ellis, Apr 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I have this book by Kelby and he does offer some good tips. However, I
    don't like his writing style - he's too off-the-wall for me. His book also
    assumes that you have a working knowledge of PS to begin with - might be a
    problem for rank beginners.

    There are loads of very good magazines out there as well. Many of them
    come with DVD's/CD's loaded with tutorials and trial software, plug-ins,
    etc.
     
    Roxy d'Urban, Apr 11, 2005
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    Ken Ellis Guest

    Well, hmmm.... I thought his style interesting and easy reading;
    conversational and not a dry and technical tome; but i can understand
    your point. Also I had been dabbling in photoshop, and other proggys
    for awhile - muddling thru. Perhaps I am overstating it's facile
    nature. Your opinion certainly would substatiate that. I can only
    say I honestly feel it's "readablity, parsimony, and usefulness"
    are for a beginner (although not soley); and a fine choice. In my
    mind, I was comparing it to say, Real World Photoshop by Blatner and
    Fraser. This I found to be a bit more involved and relatively a harder
    (and longer) read. Great book, mind you, but not as much a "down and
    dirty". Perhaps it's more app and feature oriented, and less task.
    It is a much more detailed work. Apples and oranges I suspect.

    True, there are many periodicals which over time cover many of
    the same topics to varying degrees of lucidity. I wouldn't suggest
    that venue as a mainstay in the learning process however. They
    are more like dessert..and perhaps redundant; sometime ill
    prepared. A sort of pot-luck (i must be getting hungry).

    REM: is that the kind of style thing you dislike?

    I think an organised and fundamental approach which focuses
    on important tasks is the best. Often, short of an actual course
    in the subject, a well organized, thoughtful and well edited
    book will serve excellently. Supplement that as you proceed thru it -
    on topic - with forrays into the internet and the newsstand.

    So for what it's worth, i've had my say; Kelby's and Eismann's books.
    I appreciate the dialogue and glimpse through others eyes.

    rgds
    Ken
     
    Ken Ellis, Apr 11, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Kelby's book on PS is the only one I have ever bought, but I think it was
    on special. His techniques are very helpful but his stand-up comedy
    routine, while amusing at first, is incongruous with the subject matter.
    Another resource that is well worth looking into is the fine newsgroup on
    PS. There are many very helpful souls on that forum.
     
    Roxy d'Urban, Apr 12, 2005
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