The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook
From Import to Output
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: October 2010
Pages: 552

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.

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Establish your workflow the RIGHT way...

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    THIS is a BOOK. Not book, as in the sense of a small, quickly read work, but one that deserves attention and concentration to understand fully what it is teaching you. I was impressed initially by the weight of the package it arrived in, and even more so when I opened it and saw it for the first time.

    It is beautifully constructed…hardbound, with high quality papers and printing throughout. And HEAVY…it weighs in at a whopping 552 pages, and just under 4 pounds. Definitely want to keep your toes out from under it if you should drop it…

    Authors Jurgen Gulbens and Uwe Steinmueller have set out via this volume, to teach you the fundamentals of the digital imaging workflow, from input to output.

    Organized into 13 chapters, they do an excellent job of it.

    Chapter topics include:

    1. Introducing the Digital Workflow
    2. The Basic Workflow
    3. Color Management Know-how
    4. Image Processing Basics
    5. RAW Editing and conversion
    6. All-in-one Workflow Tools
    7. Photoshop Layers
    8. Advanced Photoshop Techniques
    9. Multi-shot Techniques
    10. Turning Color into Black and White
    11. Printing and Image Presentation
    12. Useful Photoshop Plug-ins
    13. Data Management and Backup

    An appendix and detailed index round out the contents.

    Most of the time, it takes a lot to impress me. And this is one of those times. If you want to know the digital imaging workflow from start to end, this is the book to turn to.

    As noted, it is divided into thirteen chapters, each of which covers a certain technique in detail. However, where the authors have written another book on a certain subject being covered (as in the chapter on Printing), they note this fact and refer you to the other book for comprehensive information on that subject…and present brief overviews of needed details here. But it works… you get the required information in this book, and direction to a volume that expands on the topic even further.

    Looking at the number of pages within the covers, you may think that it is a dry, boring volume that would not hold your interest for long. This is further from the truth. There IS a wealth of knowledge inside, but you can take it a chapter at a time, and absorb it slowly. Rushing is not something you want to do if you want to produce high quality photographs, especially if you want to sell them in the fine-art marketplace.

    Each chapter contains many photos and illustrations, o allow you to understand the concepts being presented easier. Uwe and Jurgen have strived to make things simple and easy to comprehend, while still conveying the important facts you need to know. And this is consistent throughout the volume. The book is written for photographers of any and all levels of expertise, but it could be used as a text for a college-level photography class…it's that good.

    If you want to jump in and start to develop or alter your own workflow, Chapter two is the place to start. As it is noted b the authors (and was apparent to me when I first looked through the book), this chapter is the true heart of the work. Here they take you step-by-step through their own personal workflow, examining and explaining why each step is important.

    The effort has been made (successfully, too) to be a different type of workflow book.

    Rather than concentrating on just a single product, such as Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture, or any of the associated tools, the authors have made it a point to include information on many different tools that are available. Not only do they discuss ways of doing things in Aperture and Lightroom, they also talk about using other apps that are a viable and effective alternative.

    For example, ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) is regarded as the most popular and widely-used RAW converter on the market. But in order to give a rounded view of options, they also explore converters from Canon, Nikon, DxO, Phase One and others. Likewise, they give directions on using Aperture, Lightroom, Expression Media and Bibble 5 for use as all-in-one workflow solutions. This is somewhat unique to this book…I don't recall seeing any other workflow books that deal with alternative products as this one does. It's another example of the completeness the authors have brought to their work.

    Chapter nine presents techniques to make your HDR and panoramic images stand out from the rest. They are simple enough to create, but some special attention during the image processing can make a huge difference in the way they look.

    The final chapter is also of great importance, as it describes methods to protect your digital images. As we no longer have photos on physical film, caring for the original data files is more important than ever. Methods of doing so are presented here.


    This volume needs to be in every serious photographer's library. The information presented is priceless. Just don't try to read it all at once…take it slowly, and it will make you a better photographer.

    The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook is published by Rocky Nook (www.rockynook.com), and lists for $49.95. However, you can find it on Amazon.com for $30.63, almost 40% off list. If you want to search for it, the ISBN number is 978-1933952710.

    GET THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.

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