Synopses & Reviews
"I'm very impressed with the scope of the work in this book, the depth of the knowledge, and the clear instruction. Tim and Ellen do a fantastic job of guiding the reader through the technical maze of digital photography."
Art Wolfe, world-renowned nature photographer, artist and author
To produce outstanding nature photographs, it's essential that you optimize your capture both in the field and in the darkroom. Written cover-to-cover to fit the unique needs of nature photographers, this practical book addresses the tools, techniques, and workflow ideally suited for natural subjects. You'll figure out how to plan for overlapping landscape exposures, sharpen animal eyes, edit sky and land separately, and repair delicate butterfly wings. You'll discover effective shooting tips. And above all, you'll learn what it takes to become a master in the digital darkroom using Photoshop.
In Photoshop for Nature Photographers, acclaimed photographers and instructors Ellen Anon and Tim Grey use real-world examples and inspiring images to bring a pro photo workshop experience right to your desktop. They also include valuable tips from esteemed nature photographers including John Shaw, Arthur Morris, Charles Glatzer, and Joe McDonald.
Inside, you'll learn the skills necessary to maximize the impact of your nature photographs, including how to:
- Operate your camera to take the best possible captures in the field
- Customize Photoshop for your particular needs
- Use selection and brush tools to optimize your images
- Process raw captures to retain maximum detail
- Make exposure adjustments to reveal specific details
- Fine-tune color to match or improve on what nature offered
- Combine images to create special effects
- Get expressive with filters, montages, and multiple exposures
- Prepare and sharpen your images for print or web
- Improve your efficiency with actions and batch processing
- Use new features in CS2 such as Mergeto HDR.
- Learn when deliberate overexposure can increase detail.
- Get the most out of your raw conversion.
- And much more!
This is the first book to teach nature photographers practical Photoshop skills that will solve their most common problems. Authors Anon and Grey provide a real-world approach that simulates a workshop experience, feature gorgeous photography, and include tips and techniques from the biggest names in nature photography.
About the Author
is an accomplished photographer—her photos have been showcased in calendars, posters, galleries, magazines, and books, including Sierra Club's Mother Earth. Ellen teaches photography and Photoshop workshops for nature photographers around the country.
Tim Grey writes about digital photography for Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, and PC Photo magazines. He is the author of Photoshop CS2 Workflow, Color Confidence, and co-author of Photo Finish, all from Sybex. Tim is also a popular speaker at seminars and trade shows. In his almost-daily "Digital Darkroom Questions" (DDQ) e-mail service, he answers questions from photography enthusiasts and pros.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Thinking Digitally in the Field.
Choosing RAW versus JPEG.
White Balance in Nature Photography.
Photographing Elements to Composite Later.
Chapter 2: Making Photoshop Work for You.
Views and Zoom.
Sorting and Editing with Bridge.
Chapter 3: Basic Tools.
Saving and Loading Selections.
The Brush Tool.
The History Brush.
Building Tool Knowledge.
Chapter 4: First Steps.
Our Typical Workflow.
Using Adobe Camera Raw.
Initial Cropping and Straightening in Photoshop.
Doing Cleanup in Photoshop.
Chapter 5: Exposure Adjustments.
Shooting for Optimal Exposure.
Tonal Adjustments with Levels.
Dodge and Burn Layers.
The Shadow/Highlight Adjustment.
Chapter 6: Color Adjustments.
Recognizing Color Casts.
Removing Color Casts.
Adding a Color Cast.
Modifying Colors to Match Nature or Add Impact.
Layer Masks and Color Adjustments.
Chapter 7: Composites.
Expanding Dynamic Range.
Extending the Depth of Field.
Combining Elements from Multiple Pictures.
Chapter 8: Creative Effects.
Digital Multiple Exposures.
The Evolution of an Image.
Chapter 9: Output.
Printing Your Images.
Creating a Web Gallery.
Share Your Images.
Chapter 10: Additional Techniques.
Actions and Batch Processing.
Creating a Greeting Card.
Creating a Business Card.