Synopses & Reviews
The work that follows the capture of a photographic image - the workflow in the digital darkroom - has a significant effect on the quality of the final image. This workflow is often underestimated and neglected, leading to weak images and poorly managed image collections. The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook will help you avoid crucial mistakes as you master the craft of photographic post-processing.
This book provides a step-by-step guide through the photographic workflow, from image capture, editing, and asset management, all the way to the perfect photographic print. The workflow presented in this book focuses on RAW images, which will give you maximum quality and flexibility, and is based on two of the most popular and powerful software tools: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook can be used as a reference of textbook by both aspiring amateur and professional photographers, as well as by students.
'Today\'s digital cameras provide image data files allowing large-format output at high resolution. At the same time, printing technology has moved forward at an equally fast pace bringing us new inkjet systems capable of printing in high precision at a very fine resolution, providing an amazing tonality range and longtime stability of inks.\n
Today\'s digital cameras provide image data files allowing large-format output at high resolution. At the same time, printing technology has moved forward at an equally fast pace bringing us new inkjet systems capable of printing in high precision at a very fine resolution, providing an amazing tonality range and longtime stability of inks.
Moreover, these systems are now affordable to the serious photographer. In the hands of knowledgeable and experienced photographers, these new inkjet printers can help create prints comparable to the highest quality darkroom prints on photographic paper.
This book provides the necessary foundation for fine art printing: The understanding of color management, profiling, paper and inks. It demonstrates how to set up the printing workflow as it guides the reader step-by-step through this process from an image file to an outstanding fine art print.'
About the Author
Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is a prolific author who has written and translated books on topics such as CAD, Unix, DTP, typography, Internet, document management, Linux, and various aspects of digital photography. He has been a passionate photographer most of his life.
Uwe Steinmueller, a native of Germany, has been a photographer since 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, and France. He shares a joint copyright with his wife Bettina. Uwe moved to California in 1997 and began working seriously in digital photography in 1999. He currently lives and works in San Jose. He has written a number of books, two of which won the prestigious German "Fotobuchpreis" award two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005. Uwe is the man behind outbackphoto.com, a popular website covering quality outdoor photography using digital cameras.
Table of Contents
Foreword; The Basic Tools; Additional Books; Conventions Used in this Book; What We Expect from our Readers; The Contents of this Book; Thanks to ...; Chapter 1: Introducing the Digital Photo Workflow; 1.1 The Basic Digital Photo Workflow; 1.2 Computer Equipment; 1.3 What are RAW Files?; 1.4 JPEG Instead of RAW?; 1.5 Camera Settings; 1.6 From the Camera to the Computer; 1.7 The Digital Light Box; 1.8 Adobe Bridge; 1.9 Metadata; 1.10 Views; 1.11 Buzzwords You Should Know; Chapter 2: The Basic Workflow; 2.1 The Five Phases of the Workflow; 2.2 Phase 1: Shooting; 2.3 Phase 2: Image Transfer and Management; 2.4 Phase 3: Image File Conversion and Optimization; 2.5 Phase 4: Output; 2.6 Phase 5: Digital Asset Management; 2.7 The Influence of Individual Tools on the Workflow; 2.8 Increasing Efficiency; 2.9 Develop Your Own Approach to the Workflow; Chapter 3: Color Management Know-How; 3.1 Understanding Different Color Models; 3.2 Understanding Color Management; 3.3 Mapping Color Spaces; 3.4 Creating Device Profiles; 3.5 Profiling Your Monitor; 3.6 Photoshop Color Management Settings; 3.7 Printer Profiles; 3.8 Installing and Uninstalling Profiles; 3.9 Soft-Proofing and Gamut Warning; 3.10 Color Temperature and Hue; 3.11 Complementary Colors; 3.12 Working Spaces II; Chapter 4: Image Processing Basics; 4.1 Don't be Afraid of Photoshop; 4.2 8-bit or 16-bit Color Depth?; 4.3 Image Size and Resolution; 4.4 Choosing a File Format; 4.5 File Information and Logs; 4.6 Image Alignment; 4.7 Simple Corrections; 4.8 The Art of Sharpening; 4.9 Color Corrections; 4.10 Selection Tools; 4.11 Retouching and Repairing Images; 4.12 Speed Up Your Workflow with Photoshop Actions; 4.13 Photoshop's History Panel; 4.14 Additional Information and Overviews; Chapter 5: RAW Editing and Conversion; 5.1 Some Initial Thoughts; 5.2 Important Aspects of RAW Processing; 5.3 Adobe Camera Raw (ACR); 5.4 Other RAW Converters; 5.5 Even More RAW Converters; Chapter 6: All-in-One Workflow Tools; 6.1 What We Expect of an All-in-One Tool; 6.2 Apple Aperture; 6.3 Adobe Lightroom; 6.4 Bibble 5; Chapter 7: Photoshop Layers; 7.1 Layers Panel; 7.2 Your First Layer; 7.3 Using Adjustment Layers; 7.4 Making Selective Adjustments Using Layer Masks; 7.5 Flattening and Merging Layers; 7.6 Smart Cropping; 7.7 Removing Moiré Effects; 7.8 Auto Color Correction for Better Contrast; 7.9 Blending Layers Using Layer Styles; 7.10 Dodge and Burn Using Layers; 7.11 Loading Image Files into a Stack and Aligning Layers; 7.12 Smart Objects and Smart Filters; 7.13 Organizing Layers; 7.14 Other Aspects of Working with Layers; 7.15 Getting a "Layer Feeling" without Using Layers; 7.16 Selective Adjustment Using U Point Control Points; 7.17 More Tips for Working with Layers; Chapter 8: Advanced Photoshop Techniques; 8.1 Correcting Saturation Selectively; 8.2 Some Tricks for Improving Saturation and Contrast; 8.3 Correcting Perspective Distortion; 8.4 Correcting Lens Errors; 8.5 Correcting Color Casts in Shadows; 8.6 Using Masks to Increase Luminance; 8.7 Correcting Images Using Brush Techniques; 8.8 Advanced Sharpening Using Photoshop Layers; 8.9 Adding Digital Sunshine to Your Photos; 8.10 Brush Off Noise; 8.11 Enhancing Midtone Contrast; 8.12 Enhancing Local Contrast; 8.13 Content-Aware Fill; 8.14 Fine-Tuning After Upsizing or Downsizing Images; Chapter 9: Multishot Techniques; 9.1 Common Steps in a Multishot Workflow; 9.2 Increase Your Angle of View Using Stitching Techniques; 9.3 Maximizing Depth of Field Using Focus Stacking; 9.4 Increasing Dynamic Range Using HDRI Techniques; Chapter 10: Turning Color into Black-and-White; 10.1 From Color to Black-and-White; 10.2 Black-and-White Conversion Using the Channel Mixer; 10.3 Enhanced Black-and-White Conversion; 10.4 Black-and-White