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Photoshop Elements: From Snapshots to Great Shots


Now that you’ve bought that new DSLR and taken some amazing shots, you need a simple guide for processing and enhancing those great images. For photographers using Photoshop Elements (including the brand new Elements 10), this book by pro photographer Jeff Revell will help you conquer the fundamentals of downloading, editing, and enhancing their work to create stunning hang-on-the-wall images.

Revell starts with the basics–from importing images, handling Camera Raw files, making basic fixes and local edits, to creating special effects and fine-tuning. He covers the key software features that affect and improve your image, including: removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush, using masks to isolate effects, sharpening with High Pass, darkening blue skies and using gradients, creating black and white images, going wide with a Panorama, and removing people with Photomerge Scene Cleaner.

Jeff also includes a chapter on presenting your beautiful work with print resources, including gallery style printing, as well as making contact sheets and efficient methods for sharing your images online. Packed with expert advice and techniques, Photoshop Elements 10: From Snapshots to Great Shots is written by a photographer for photographers to understand the basics and create a efficient workflow so the focus in on shooting and not processing.

Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, Photoshop Elements 10: From Snapshots to Great Shots teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up your camera!

From the Back Cover
It’s amazing how many images the world’s photographers produce! Professional or not, images surround us in our everyday lives. What makes successful photographs stand out? What drives us to revisit the same images over and over?

All images tell a story. Whether they’re produced as works of art, on assignment for National Geographic, or as part of a family vacation, images say more than just a shutter speed, ISO, or aperture setting. We make images for a reason.

This unique book by photographer/teacher Jerod Foster focuses on visual storytelling and how a deep knowledge of your gear and your personal vision can create stronger images. Storytelling often requires the use of certain lenses, apertures, or light modifiers, but the story is what holds everything together. To become a better storyteller you will explore:

  • Composition, light, depth of field, and motion and how to properly use your camera technically to dig deeper.
  • Visual themes and how they provide stories with interest and depth.
  • Types of shots and shooting styles and what they convey in your images.
  • Research and ways to conceptualize your story before shooting.
  • Strategies for developing your own effective storytelling workflow during and after the shoot.

This beautifully written and illustrated guide will help you connect the how-to’s of digital photography with the who, what, when, where, and why of storytelling to bring your vision and your images to life!

Book Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321808312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321808318
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