The Photoshop Darkroom—new Harold Davis book

If you haven’t seen much of me lately, and if my blog posts have seemed a bit thin, it’s because I’ve been getting my new book The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing out the door. At this point, the project is essentially done. The publisher, Focal Press, has a September 15, 2009 publication date set, and The Photoshop Darkroom is available right now on Amazon for pre-orders (hint, hint!).

I’m very proud of my new book. I think it presents Photoshop and digital photography in a new and revolutionary way. The concepts explained are basic, and simple once you know them, and have a great deal of power.

This is not a tricks, bells, or whistles book, and it is not about the latest and greatest version of Photoshop. My book presents extremely detailed instructions for achieving the results shown, and almost all the techniques in the book can be done with older versions of Photoshop.

I’m particularly pleased to be published by Focal Press. Focal has a distinguished history of photographic book publication, and they’ve been very supportive of this unusual project.

You’ll find more information about The Photoshop Darkroom, and links to sample content below the cover image.

Front and back cover (PDF)
Table of Contents (PDF)
Introduction (PDF)
Sample content (Expanding tonal range by using layers, a layer mask and gradient to multi-RAW process a landscape, PDF)

From the back cover: The Photoshop Darkroom offers limitless possibilities for photographers looking for jaw-dropping results, using powerful and innovative creative post-processing techniques. If you want folks to ask “How did you do that?” then this is the book for you!

The images in The Photoshop Darkroom will inspire you and help you unleash your creative potential. You’ll learn to view your own digital photography with new eyes.

Step-by-step directions show you real world examples of how to achieve the results you want from your photography and post-processing.

  • Learn how to work with RAW image files
  • Understand the Photoshop darkroom workflow
  • Multi-process RAW files
  • Create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images by hand
  • Use layers and masking for compositing
  • Best use Photoshop’s tools to create stunning black & white images
  • Create striking color effects using LAB color

Information about the cover photo.

This entry was posted in Photography, Photoshop Techniques, Writing.

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