Sean Duggan is a fine art photographer, educator, and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. Co-author of Real World Digital Photography and Photoshop Artistry, he's been helping photographers master Photoshop and digital darkroom techniques through his workshops for over ten years. He brings his keen understanding of the photographic process and creating the best image possible to The Creative Digital Darkroom.
"...a remarkable workbook that can only open your eyes in the modern art and craft digital photographic imaging."
--Dominique James, Sacramento Book Review
"This is not your ordinary Photoshop tips and tricks book, but a really comprehensive, concise, and even inspiring product gained through years of experience by teaching expert Katrin Eismann and fine-art photographer Seán Duggan...Well worth the time spent under the expert tutorage of the authors, I would recommend The Creative Digital Darkroom to any photographer who aspires to world-class imagery and realization of their personal photographic vision.
--John Hershey, NCMUG March 2009 Newsletter
"A great book if one realizes that creativity is not necessarily the result of merely 'messing about' with the tools in the digital darkroom, it's about understanding the tools first, and then 'messing about' in a responsible manner."
--Igno van Niekerk, Adobe In Bloem
"If you haven't bought a Photoshop book for some time (and even if you have), do yourself a favor and have a look at The Creative Digital Darkroom. This one is four thumbs up!"
"This is the first Photoshop book that actually tries to walk you though the reasoning behind why you are doing what you are doing, and that does it in language that can be understood by someone with zero darkroom experience. I really appreciated the emphasis on the creative aspects in the middle of all the pictures of curves, layers, layer masks, and all the usual Photoshop stuff."
--Ted Leung, Ted Leung on the Air
"Like most O'Reilly books, The Creative Digital Darkroom is well-written and easy to read. The processes are described in extreme detail and focus on Photoshop. Adapting them to GIMP IMHO is possible, although some things take a bit of time to figure out. As for the sample images - they alone make owning this book worthwhile."
--Tam Hanna, Tams Palm
"So many new digital photography books reach the market that it's sometimes difficult to tell one from another. Every once in a while, though, a new title comes along that distinguishes itself, either by the author's slant or how the subject matter is covered. Katrin Eismann and Seán Duggan's new book, The Creative Digital Darkroom is one of those books. It's a comprehensive how-to and reference guide that can help even experienced photographers work more effectively with digital images."
--Ron Eggers, Professional Photographer
"This book is excellent for everyone from Photoshop beginners to advanced users."
--Tom Pitera, PhotographySavvy.com
"If you're a Photoshop/Lightroom user, buy this book--don't argue, don't procrastinate, don't even think about it--just get it. "
--Dennis Hays, Photo Review Today
"This chunky book is aimed at photographers first and foremost, but there are plenty of tips and tricks for anyone who works with photographs on a daily basis...Overall, this is a good read, with enough content to keep you at your computer for months."
--Advanced Photoshop, Issue 43
"From coverage of traditional darkroom skills and abilities and how these translate into Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom to the basics of producing initial high-quality images and understanding both black and white and color darkroom techniques, this packs in details and lessons for both artists and educators, making for an outstanding and colorful lesson plan."
--James Cox, The California Bookwatch
"The Creative Digital Darkroom is not about dazzle, rather it is about functionality. It is about improving your workflow. It is about giving you the ability to fine tune your images and make you a better photographer. If you are new to digital photography, if digital is all that you have done and want to learn more from traditional methods, and especially if you are moving from the wet darkroom to the digital darkroom, then The Creative Digital Darkroom should be on your reading list.
--T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics Magazine
"I rarely rave about a book, but this one is an awesome blend of Photoshop technique, artistic process and photography know-how. The subject of the creative darkroom is covered thoroughly and expertly...I consider this book a perfect resource for mastering the creative digital darkroom. The techniques are extensively documented, thorough and come from some of the best workflows in use today. The writing is excellent and copious, and not bogged down with large images. The theory behind the techniques is timeless and relies on the fundamentals such as channels, Lab color, luminosity and blending. I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are a digital photographer with a creative bent."
--Jeremy Schultz, Designorati
"I had your book on order from the earliest notification from Amazon
and it's been well worth the wait. I first used your book on digital
photography about five years ago, and what I most enjoyed was the
clarity of the reasons you gave for each method. Since then, Katrin's
books on compositing & restoration have been my "bibles", so I looked
forward to this new one with great anticipation.
I have worked through your examples & am applying the appropriate
steps to one of my earliest landscape shots. I'm excited to compare
the best print I made three years ago with the ones I'm now
producing. Again, the clarity of your explanations and the reasoning
behind them is first-class. I like to know the why as well as the
how, so thank you both very much for more than meeting my expectations."
--Aroha Mahoney, New Zealand
"The Creative Digital Darkroom is one hefty book filled with so much Photoshop and Lightroom goodness that you'll be busy and in bliss for a long long time. The layout is appealing and the photos inspiring, just what you need when tackling a subject like this. And then there's the writing...This is a book that will show you how to gain maximum enjoyment and pride from your work as a photographer, and for that both Katrin and Seán should be applauded. This is as fine a book as one could wish for on the technical intricacies of working in the digital darkroom."
--Jennifer Apple, The Photoshop Blog - PhotoshopSupport.com
"The most complete book Ive seen on the topic, and packed with so much in-depth info they probably didnt sleep for a year."
--Scott Kelby, Photoshop Insider