Learning digital photography is not an easy one, two, three method. It insists on a constant growth of knowledge and an every expanding process. With everything changing so quickly it doesn’t make it easy to transition from analog to digital or keep up with what’s new. It is essential to have the right tools on your shelf to have a maintainable digital workflow. For me it has been a few books, which have been read more than once, that are kept by my side as a constant reference for my workflow.
This book begins in the analog darkroom and teaches you how to transition into the digital darkroom. Taking you step by step, describing the basics of a digital image. Everything from importing the image correctly, organization/keywords, understanding a histogram to essential techniques for creative imaging is explained. It is clear and concise – one of my favorite books to reference back to no matter how much I feel like I have learned over the years.
If any of you have seen this book, picked up and skimmed it maybe? Well, if you have then it may look daunting or hard to understand but it is one of my most essential tools to creating and maintaining a good workflow. Explaining how to organize your digital library, archiving, backing up, and non-destructive image editing are just a few points covered in this amazing book. His in depth look into the digital workflow will help get you on track from the beginning or if your image library is a mess do not worry – this will get you back on track.
One of the best books to help you excel in creative imaging, Masking and Compositing will teach you how to select and mask those challenging images you never thought possible. This taught me all the tricks of selecting for compositing that just knowing the selection tools wouldn’t allow me to do creatively. Not only does she explain the technique but she also explains how to think about an image for compositing ahead of time. This book will allow your work to expand as well as your imagination and creativity.
However wonderful this book is I only found certain parts essential for learning digital printing. In it you will find out how to prepare your images for printing and the steps needed for consistent color management throughout the process. Although, I did not find the entire book necessary for me it really discusses – color profiling, image resolution, differences in color spaces – all the fundamental parts for digital printing.
The official training workbook from Adobe Systems, this book takes you through Photoshop step by step. When I purchased this book I had been using Photoshop for many years but wanted to learn all the ins and outs to get certified. Although, there is some parts that can be skipped by the more advanced this is my encyclopedia for Photoshop. Essential because it explains all the menus, tools, settings, layers, 3D imaging and more in depth. Clear and succinct in explanation you cannot get lost learning from this book.