There are dozens, if not a hundred or more books on how to use Photoshop. There are already three dozen books on digital photography, and hundreds more on conventional photography. Yet, oddly enough, only a half dozen of these combine Photoshop and photography in any meaningful way. One or two are written for professional photographers and contain little that the average picture taker can use or understand. A few more are dumbed-down, include lots of pretty pictures, but not much text on each page, and contain techniques that you'll outgrow quickly.
Others are weird hybrids that tell you more than you wanted to know about camera technology, CCD, CMOS, and CIS image sensors, how cameras work, the history of digital photography, and less than you wanted to know about image editing. I suspect you don't need any convincing that photography is a great idea, and you don't need detailed comparisons of Photoshop with the other image editors on the market. Instead, you want to know how photography and Photoshop can work together to give you great pictures that will astound your friends and astonish your colleagues.
I wrote this book for camera buffs, both digital and conventional, and business people who want to go beyond point-and-click snapshooting and explore the world of photography to enrich their lives or do their jobs better. If you've learned most of your camera's basic features and now wonder what you can do with them, this is your dream guide to pixel proficiency. If you fall into one of the following categories, you need this book:
• Individuals who want to get better pictures, or perhaps transform their growing interest in photography into a full-fledged hobby or artistic outlet using Photoshop as a catalyst.
• Those who want to produce more professional-looking images for their personal or business website.
• Small business owners with more advanced graphics capabilities who want to use photography and Photoshop to document or promote their business.
• Corporate workers who may or may not have photographic skills in their job descriptions, but who work regularly with graphics and need to learn how to use digital images for reports, presentations, or other applications.
• Graphic artists and others who may already be adept in image editing with Photoshop, but who want to learn more about its relationship with digital and conventional photography.
• Trainers who need a non-threatening textbook for digital photography classes.
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