Thursday, January 22, 2009

Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers or Essential SharePoint 2007

Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book

Author: Ellen Anon

In the new edition of this practical guide, master photographer Ellen Anon and digital-imaging expert Tim Grey show you how to capture the beauty of nature by shooting the best possible photos from the start—and then getting the most out of your images at your desktop. You’ll find eye-opening techniques, workflow ideas, and terrific Photoshop tools, plus a host of valuable tips and stunning examples from some of the most esteemed professional nature photographers working today.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 Thinking Digitally.

Photographic Techniques.

Choosing RAW versus JPEG.

What’s So Great About RAW?

Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking JPEGs.

Understanding Histograms.

Types of Histograms.

Interpreting Histograms.


“Expose Right” by Michael Reichmann.

White Balance in Nature Photography.

Photographing Elements to Composite Later.

Skies, Clouds, and Moons.

Expanding Camera Capabilities.

Photographing Parts of the Scene Individually.

Ethical Considerations.

Software Choices: Aperture and Lightroom.

Storage Considerations.

Chapter 2 Bridge.

Customizing Bridge.

Setting Bridge Preferences.

Downloading Images.

Creating a Metadata Template.

Renaming Your Images After Import.

Bridge Views and Workspaces.

Filmstrip View.

Light Table View.

Stacking Images.

Sorting and Editing.

Zooming and Comparing Images.

Rating Images.

Labeling Images.

Using Keywords.

Additional Features.

Chapter 3 Adobe Camera Raw.

Using the ACR Interface.

Seeing Your Image Within ACR.

Cropping and Rotating Within ACR.

Using the Retouch Tool.

Controlling the Default Appearance of Your Image.

Using the Basic Tab.

Setting White Balance.

Adjusting Tonalities.

Using theRecovery and Fill Light Sliders.

Using the Brightness and Contrast Sliders.

Modifying Saturation.

Setting the Other Tabs.

Setting the Tone Curves.

Sharpening Preview and Reducing Noise: The Detail Tab.

Correcting Color: The HSL/Grayscale Tab.

Alternate Interpretations: The Split Toning Tab.

Fixing Aberration and Vignetting: The Lens Corrections Tab.

Accounting for Camera Variation: The Camera Calibration Tab.

Setting ACR Workflow Options and Saving Files.

Choosing the Space.

Choosing the Depth.

Choosing the File Size and Resolution.

Opening an Image as a Smart Object.

Finishing Up in ACR.

Try It!

Batch Converting Multiple Images.

Chapter 4 Foundations.

Color Management.

Monitor Calibration.

Color Settings.

Setting Preferences.

General Settings.


File Handling Settings.




Views and Zoom.

Windows and Workspaces.

Zoom Tool.

Hand Tool.

Navigator Panel.

Navigating by Keyboard Shortcuts.

Selection Tools.

The Lasso Tool.

The Magnetic Lasso.

The Magic Wand.

The Quick Selection Tool.

Using the Refine Edges Controls.

Combining Tools.

Saving and Loading Selections.

The Brush Tool.

The History Brush.

Building Tool Knowledge.

Chapter 5 Workflows and First Steps.

Flexible and Traditional Workflows.

Smart Objects.

Smart Filters.

The Flexible Workflow.

The Traditional Workflow.

Initial Cropping and Straightening in Photoshop.

Initial Cropping.

Straightening Horizons.

Understanding Layers.

Doing Cleanup in Photoshop.

The Photoshop Cleanup Tools.

Zooming, Navigating, and Layering for Cleanup.

Removing Dust.

Removing an Undesirable Object.

Creating New Background on Empty Canvas.

Chapter 6 Exposure Adjustments.

Shooting for Optimal Exposure.

Tonal Adjustments with Levels.

Revealing Detail.

Targeting Adjustments Using a Layer Mask.

Masking a Selection.

Painting on a Mask.

Blurring the Layer Mask.

Creating a Virtual Split Neutral-Density Filter.

Safe Dodge and Burn Layers.

Setting Up.

Painting with Light.

Correcting Mistakes.


Clipping Preview.

Anchor Points.

Curves Presets.

The Shadow/Highlight Adjustment.

Emphasizing Your Subject.

Chapter 7 Color Adjustments.

Recognizing Color Casts.

Using Hue/Saturation to Reveal a Color Cast.

Using the Info Panel to Reveal a Color Cast.

Removing Color Casts.

Subjective Methods for Removing a Color Cast.

Objective Method for Removing a Color Cast.

Adding a Color Cast.

Modifying Colors to Match Nature or Add Impact.

Fine-Tuning with Selective Color.

Layer Masks and Color Adjustments.

Creating Layer Masks via Selections.

Creating Layer Masks Without Prior Selections.

Chapter 8 Composites.

Creating Panoramas.

In-Camera Considerations.


Matching the Exposures of Each Segment of the Panorama.

Expanding Dynamic Range.

Expanding Latitude Manually.

The “Cookbook” Approach to Expanding Latitude.

Expanding Latitude via Merge to HDR.

Extending the Depth of Field.

Combining Elements from Multiple Pictures.

Advanced Selection Methods.

Combining Elements from Various Images.

Replacing a Sky or Other Background.

Chapter 9 Creative Effects.

Black and White.

Converting to Black and White.

Colorizing Black-and-White Images.


Using Smart Filters on Smart Objects.

Using Filters Without Smart Objects.


The Liquify Filter.

Using the Filter Gallery.

Digital Montages.

Blending Modes.

Surreal Montages.

Cross and Flip Montages.

Mirror Images.

Multiple Subject Montages.

Digital Multiple Exposures.

The Evolution of an Image.

Chapter 10 Output.

Output Workflow.

Duplicating the Image.


Reducing Noise.


Printing Your Images.

Soft Proofing.

Configuring the Print Settings.

Choosing the Best Paper.

Adding Borders.

Creating Business and Greeting Cards.

Creating a Business Card.

Creating the Print Layout.

Creating a Greeting Card.

Creating the Template.

Adding Images to the Layout.

Adding Text.

Save and Print.

Creating Slide Shows.

Creating a Web Gallery.

Chapter 11 Time-Savers.

Actions and Batch Processing.

Creating an Action.

Advanced Controls in Actions.

Batch Processing.

Creating a Droplet.

Using the Image Processor.

Creating a Copyright Brush.

Individualizing Keyboard Shortcuts.


Interesting textbook: What Did the Constitution Mean to Early Americans or Global Ethics

Essential SharePoint 2007: Delivering High-Impact Collaboration Solutions (The Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology Series)

Author: Scott Jamison

Essential SharePoint® 2007 focuses relentlessly on utilizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to improve collaboration and decision-making, streamline processes, and solve real-world business problems. Three leading SharePoint consultants systematically address the crucial success factors, intangibles, and "gotchas" in SharePoint deployment, helping you maximize value and reduce risk.The authors walk you through planning and architecting successful SharePoint solutions around your business, hands-on. Next, they address the operational support and end-user functionality needed to make SharePoint 2007 work — with special attention to make-or-break organizational and political issues. Coverage includes: Defining collaboration strategies; building attractive, usable applications; architecting infrastructure; leveraging SharePoint content management and business intelligence; migrating from SharePoint 2003, and much more. Essential SharePoint® 2007 was written for everyone involved in SharePoint 2007 projects: IT and line managers, consultants, analysts, project leaders, and developers.


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