Photo Nuts and POST: A Guide to Post Processing
The folks over at Digital Photography School have just released another in their already exemplary line of digital photography ebooks.
This one, Photo Nuts and POST: A Guide to Post Processing, is an extremely in depth and detailed tour around the back end of the photographic process.
View it as an under-the-hood manual, that will guide you through the many and myriad who-what-when-where-and-whys of photo post processing.
Why you should order it now.
- It’s a seriously good book.
- You will save 33% off the cover price through February 21, 2012.
- You will qualify to win $1200 in products.
Products? Which products?
How about a Canon 60D with 18-135mm lens?
Or maybe a 21.5 inch iMac Computer?
Buy the book BEFORE midnight on February 21 and keep TEN BUCKS in your pocket!
That’s right. Until midnight (US Eastern Time) that day, Photo Nuts and POST is yours for only $19.99. After that, it goes up to $29.99.
Tell me more about the book.
Photo Nuts and POST steps through the whole workflow, everything from pressing the shutter button to:
- Copying and backing up files
- Organizing your growing collection of photos
- Managing metadata
- Processing and output
- Focusing on how different uses for your images have different requirements
Furthermore, you’ll develop a better idea of what to do with a photo that “doesn’t look quite right”, and how to make it look like you want it to.
Work your way through this book, pay attention while you’re doing it and I assure you, you’ll be a better photographer for it.
Understand a thing and you can control that thing.
I just made that up. And it’s true. We could all quite happily rock along with our cameras set to full auto, uploading and posting images online or printing them, with nary an adjustment, and conceivably be content with whatever random ‘happy accidents’ that occur.
However, if you’re like me and you really want your images to knock your own socks off, understanding HOW post processing works can help you start to be more purposeful in your intentions and your results. That’s where books like Photo Nuts and POST come in.
This is the kind of book I would have checked out of the library multiple times, back in the day.
Yes, the library. Now we have the internet, smart phones, readers/tablets and ‘the google’ (not be to confused with ‘the twitter’.)
Back when I was a newbie and just beginning my learning curve, I would go to the local library and check out POUNDS of books. Hardcover photography books are HEAVY. There were a few books I checked out so many times the librarian started asking me about them….as in….’what is your deal, do you realize you’ve checked out this one book 10 times over the past year????‘
It was a REALLY good book by Nancy Brown, a former model turned professional photographer (Google ‘Nancy Brown photographer’.) I learned more about composition and beautiful, naturalistic lighting from that book than I did from any other single source.
A phenomenal IN-DEPTH tool and resource.
Photo Nuts and POST is truly comprehensive. There is so much serious information to absorb, you’ll want to just lay back, relax and take it all in. Multiple times. In fact, it is so comprehensive my wheels are spinning just trying to figure out a good way to actually lay out my review.
This book seriously covers EVERYTHING you need to know about post processing your images, in 11 basic areas:
- About Image Files
- About Colour
- File Management and Workflow
- The Cull and Select
- What is Processing
- Processing Tools
- Processing Walkthroughs
- Common Problems
- Creative Processing Processing as an Intermediate Step
- The Output Process
Just under ‘Processing Tools’ ALONE it covers:
- The Histogram
- Global Adjustments
- Selective Exposure Sliders
- Colour Adjustments
- White Balance
- B&W Conversion
- Selection and Specialist Tools
- Direct Selection
- Region Selection
- Spot removal
- Red-eye Reduction
- Noise Reduction
- and Sharpening
- Lens Correction
Help with the REALLY hard stuff.
What do you do with all those images AFTER you’ve captured them?
How do you sort, edit, and cull them? How do you manage your workflow? These are the tough questions. I’ve had a camera in my hand for decades, and as a result I have hundreds of thousands of images. If you don’t know how to file them or can’t find one when you really want and/or need it, you’re hosed.
Photo Nuts and POST has 6 full pages of information and helpful suggestions on this topic.
So let’s recap. Why should you buy Photo Nuts and POST now?
- You save $10
- You qualify to win $1200 in products (Canon 60D camera with 18-135mm lens OR a 21.5 inch iMac Computer OR Photoshop CS5 AND an iPad)
- You get a really GREAT book
- You learn to be a better photographer
- You promote peace and harmony on the planet*
*Technically you don’t get that with purchase, but it IS a worthy goal, no?
I love and own ALL the books put out by Digital Photography School. If you’re interested in any of their other offerings, check out these reviews: